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## Closure conversion without indexed types

The following scheme approaches the problem of mixing converted and unconverted code from the point of view of GHC's Core representation, avoiding the use of classes as much as possible. In particular, the scheme gracefully handles any declarations that themselves cannot be converted, but occur in a converted module.

### Conversion status

We add to all declaration that are affected by closure conversion a value of type

data StatusCC a = NoCC -- Declaration has not been converted | AsIsCC -- Conversion not necessary, use original | ConvCC a -- Here is the converted version

For example, `Id`

gets a field of type `StatusCC Id`

. Declarations can be in one of three categories:

`NoCC`

: We did not convert that declaration, either because it was declared in an unconverted module or because it uses some feature that prevents conversion.`AsIsCC`

: The original declaration can be directly used in converted code. It's converted form is identical to the original (e.g., type declarations not involving arrows directly or indirectly).`ConvCC decl`

: The variant`decl`

is the closure converted form of the original declaration.

### Converting type declarations

#### Preliminaries

The alternatives of `TyCon.TyCon`

get a new field `tyConCC :: StatusCC (TyCon, Id, Id)`

. This field is `NoCC`

for data constructors for which we have no conversion, `AsIsCC`

if the original and the converted form coincide, and `ConvCC (T_CC, to_T, fr_T)`

if we have a converted form. In the last case, `T_CC`

is the converted constructor and `to_T`

/`fr_T`

are conversion functions between values inhabitating types formed from the original and converted constructor. The type of these functions is as follows:

toTy (C::k1->..->kn->*) = forall _1 .. _n _1_CC .. _n_CC. toTy (_1::k1) -> .. -> toTy (_n::kn) -> (C _1 .. _n -> C_CC _1_CC .. _n_CC)

Moreover, we have a type constructor `(-->)`

that represents closures and we assume that the field `tyConCC`

of `(->)`

has the value `ConvCC ((-->), fr_fun, to_fun)`

, where `fr_fun`

and `to_fun`

are appropriate conversion functions.

#### Conversion rules

If a type declaration for constructor `T`

occurs in a converted module, we need to decide whether to convert the declaration of `T`

. We decide this as follows:

- If the declaration of
`T`

mentions another type constructor`S`

and we have`tyConCC S == NoCC`

, we do not convert`T`

and set its`tyConCC`

field to`NoCC`

as well. - If the declaration of
`T`

uses any features that we cannot (or for the moment, don't want to) convert, we do not convert`T`

and set its`tyConCC`

field to`NoCC`

. - If all type constructors
`S`

mentioned in`T`

's definiton have`tyConCC S == AsIsCC`

, we do not convert`T`

and set its`tyConCC`

field to`AsIsCC`

as well. (NB: This implies that`T`

does not mention any function arrows.) - Otherwise, generate a converted type declaration
`T_CC`

together two conversion functions`fr_T`

and`to_T`

, and set

`tyConCC`

to `ConvCC (T_CC, fr_T, to_T)`

.
Note that basic types, such as `Int`

and friends, should have `tyConCC`

set to `AsIsCC`

.

### Converting class declarations

If we come across a class declaration for a class `C`

during conversion, we convert it generating `C_CC`

. Like with type constructors, `Class.Class`

gets a `classCC :: StatusCC Class`

field that is `ConvCC C_CC`

for classes that have a conversion. We also ensure that the `classTyCon`

of `C`

, let's call it `T_C`

, refers to `T_C_CC`

and `fr_T_C`

and `to_T_C`

in its `tyConCC`

field, and that the `classTyCon`

of `C_CC`

is `T_C_CC`

.

### Converting instance declarations

If we encounter an instance declaration for `C tau`

during conversion, there are two alternatives: we have a conversion for `C`

or not:

- if we do not have a conversion, we generate an instance (and hence dfun) for
`C tau^`

, where`tau^`

is the closure converted`tau`

; - if we have a conversion, we generate an instance for
`C_CC tau^`

.

In any case, we add a field `is_CC :: StatusCC Instance`

to `InstEnv.Instance`

that contains the additionally generated instance. And in both cases, we should be able to derive the required code for the dfun from the definition of `C tau`

. We also make sure that the `dfun`

's `idCC`

field (see below) is set to that of the converted dfun.

### Converting type terms

We determine the converted type `t^`

of `t`

as follows:

T^ = T_CC , if available T , otherwise a^ = a (t1 t2)^ = t1^ t2^ (t1 -> t2)^ = Clo t1 t2 (forall a.t)^ = forall a.t^ (C t1 => t2)^ = C_CC t1^ => t2^ , if available C t1^ => t2^ , otherwise

### Converting value bindings

When converting a toplevel binding for `f :: t`

, we generate `f_CC :: t^`

. The alternatives `GlobalId`

and `LocalId`

of `Var.Var`

get a new field `idCC :: StatusCC Id`

whose values, for a declaration `f`

, we determine as follows:

- If
`Id`

's declaration uses any features that we cannot (or currently, don't want to) convert, set`idCC`

to`NoCC`

. - If all type constructors involved in
`f`

's type are marked`NoCC`

or`AsIsCC`

, we set`f`

's`idCC`

field to`AsIsCC`

. - Otherwise, convert
`f`

and set its`ifCC`

field to`ConvCC f_CC`

.

### Converting core terms

Apart from the standard rules, we need to handle the following special cases:

- We come across a value variable
`v`

where`idCC v == NoCC`

whose type is`t`

: we generate`convert t v`

(see below). - We come across a case expression where the scrutinised type
`T`

has`tyConCC T == NoCC`

: we leave the case expression as is (i.e., unconverted), but make sure that the`idCC`

field of all variables bound by patterns in the alternatives have their`idCC`

field as`NoCC`

. (This implies that the previous case will kick in and convert the (unconverted) values obtained after decomposition.) - Whenever we have an FC
`cast`

from or to a newtype`T`

, where`tyConCC T == NoCC`

, we need to add a`convert tau`

or`trevnoc tau`

, respectively. We can spot these casts by inspecting the kind of every coercion used in a cast. One side of the equality will have the newtype constructor. - We come across a dfun: If its
`idCC`

field is`NoCC`

, we keep the selection as is, but apply`convert t e`

from it, where`t`

is the type of the selected method and`e`

the selection expression. If`idCC`

is`ConvCC d_CC`

, and the dfun's class is converted,`d_CC`

is fully converted. If it's class is not converted, we also keep the selection unconverted, but have a bit less to do in`convert t e`

.**TODO**This needs to be fully worked out.

### Generating conversions

Whenever we had `convert t e`

above, where `t`

is an unconverted type and `e`

a converted expression, we need to generate some conversion code. This works roughly as follows in a type directed manner:

convert T = id , if tyConCC T == NoCC or AsIsCC = to_T , otherwise convert a = id convert (t1 t2) = convert t1 (convert t2) convert (t1 -> t2) = createClosure using (trevnoc t1) and (convert t2) on argument and result resp.

where `trevnoc`

is the same as `convert`

, but using `from_T`

instead of `to_T`

.

The idea is that conversions for parametrised types are parametrised over conversions of their parameter types. Wherever we call a function using parametrised types, we will know these type parameters (and hence can use `convert`

) to compute their conversions. This fits well, because it is at occurences of `Id`

s that have `idCC == NoCC`

where we have to perform conversion.

The only remaining problem is that a type parameter to a function may itself be a type parameter got from a calling function; so similar to classes, we need to pass conversion functions with every type parameter. So, maybe we want to stick `fr`

and `to`

into a class after all and requires that all functions used in converted contexts have the appropriate contexts in their signatures.

### Issues, aka rl's complaints

#### Non-converted versus unchanged type declarations

**This issue has now been addressed.**

Many type declarations will not be changed by conversion, as they do not contain any arrows. Hence, it is more economic to avoid generating a `_CC`

version of these declarations. I initially thought that we can ignore this for a moment, because it is only an optimisation. However, consider

data T = MkT Int data S = MkS (Int -> Int)

As we don't convert `Int`

, we cannot convert `T`

and `S`

, which is a shame as their conversion is simple and (in the vectorisation case may affect performance dramatically). As a matter of fact, if we identify declarations that need not be converted, then we would mark `Int`

and `T`

as such and can convert `S`

easily.

#### FC Coercions

**This issue has now been addressed.**

Closure conversion happens on Core, which means that constructors, such as `MkT`

of

-- unconverted newtype T a = MkT (a -> a)

in a definition

-- converted foo :: (a -> a) -> T a foo f = MkT f

have vanished, leaving only a coercion. As `T`

is not converted, we need to notice that we need to generate `MkT (fr f)`

. So, we need to spot the conversion representing `MkT`

.

Generally, we need a story about treating coercions during conversion.

#### Function type constructor

It is clear how to treat types involving subtypes of the form `a -> b`

. It is less clear how to deal with partial applications of `(->)`

. Consider

-- unconverted data T f = T (Int -> Int) (f Int Int)

used as `T (->)`

in converted code. What is `convert (T (->))`

?

#### Classes

It might be sufficient to never convert class declarations as a whole, but only their representation types.

#### Original functions

The previous story was that when vectorising `f`

and generating `f_CC`

, we now define

f :: tau f = trevnoc tau f_CC

Now, with the approximate conversion scheme above, we may not have `trevnoc tau`

. In this case, we still generate `f_CC`

, but also leave the rhs of `f`

alone (i.e., compile the original functions).

When we give up on converting a complete right-hand side, we still want to convert all subexpressions that we can convert.