[swift-evolution] TrigonometricFloatingPoint/MathFloatingPoint protocol?

Taylor Swift kelvin13ma at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 13:52:17 CDT 2017

In an effort to get this thread back on track, I tried implementing cos(_:)
in pure generic Swift code, with the BinaryFloatingPoint protocol. It
deviates from the _cos(_:) intrinsic by no more than 5.26362703423544e-11.
Adding more terms to the approximation only has a small penalty to the
performance for some reason.

To make the benchmarks fair, and explore the idea of distributing a Math
module without killing people on the cross-module optimization boundary, I
enabled some of the unsafe compiler attributes. All of these benchmarks are
cross-module calls, as if the math module were downloaded as a dependency
in the SPM.

== Relative execution time (lower is better) ==

llvm intrinsic                   :  3.133
glibc cos()                      :  3.124

no attributes                    : 43.675
with specialization              :  4.162
with inlining                    :  3.108
with inlining and specialization :  3.264

As you can see, the pure Swift generic implementation actually beats the
compiler intrinsic (and the glibc cos() but I guess they’re the same thing)
when inlining is used, but for some reason generic specialization and
inlining don’t get along very well.

Here’s the source implementation. It uses a taylor series (!) which
probably isn’t optimal but it does prove that cos() and sin() can be
implemented as generics in pure Swift, be distributed as a module outside
the stdlib, and still achieve competitive performance with the llvm

//@_specialize(where F == Float)
//@_specialize(where F == Double)
func cos<F>(_ x:F) -> F where F:BinaryFloatingPoint
    let x:F = abs(x.remainder(dividingBy: 2 * F.pi)),
        quadrant:Int = Int(x * (2 / F.pi))

    switch quadrant
    case 0:
        return  cos(on_first_quadrant:        x)
    case 1:
        return -cos(on_first_quadrant: F.pi - x)
    case 2:
        return -cos(on_first_quadrant: x - F.pi)
    case 3:
        return -cos(on_first_quadrant: 2 * F.pi - x)

//@_specialize(where F == Float)
//@_specialize(where F == Double)
func cos<F>(on_first_quadrant x:F) -> F where F:BinaryFloatingPoint
    let x2:F = x * x
    var y:F  = -0.0000000000114707451267755432394
    for c:F in [0.000000002087675698165412591559,
        y = x2 * y + c
    return y

On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 7:04 AM, Stephen Canon via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> On Aug 2, 2017, at 7:03 PM, Karl Wagner via swift-evolution <
> swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> It’s important to remember that computers are mathematical machines, and
> some functions which are implemented in hardware on essentially every
> platform (like sin/cos/etc) are definitely best implemented as compiler
> intrinsics.
> sin/cos/etc are implemented in software, not hardware. x86 does have the
> FSIN/FCOS instructions, but (almost) no one actually uses them to implement
> the sin( ) and cos( ) functions; they are a legacy curiosity, both too slow
> and too inaccurate for serious use today. There are no analogous
> instructions on ARM or PPC.
> – Steve
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