[swift-evolution] Pitch: Cross-module inlining and specialization

Slava Pestov spestov at apple.com
Tue Oct 3 23:36:03 CDT 2017

> On Oct 3, 2017, at 9:14 PM, Jonas B via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> Now I understand that this use-case is deferred for a later separate discussion, but my point here is that the name and the semantics of this attribute should be somewhat “forward-compatilble” with this use-case. “ inlinable” does not sound appropriate, because we don’t want to “inline” (in the C/C++ meaning) declarations into each usage site.
> Instead we want to compile the annotated parts of -all linked modules- as one unit. Basically, for those parts, the module name would just function like a C++ namespace - an input to the symbol name mangling, and then the whole thing could be whole-module-optimized together.

Yeah, @inlinable does not actually force any kind of inlining to be performed — it declared that the SIL for the function body should be serialized as part of the module.

> This touches upon another comment someone made previously in this discussion - that access level and compiler visibility should be separate concepts. Because not just public methods, also private methods should be subject to this. 

The undocumented @_versioned attribute is currently used to make something visible to the compiler without making it visible in the language. It sounds like there’s some interest in documenting this attribute too — can someone suggest a better name than @_versioned? If we converge on a design here I can incorporate that into the proposal, relaxing the restriction that @inlinable functions can only reference other public functions.

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