The vector dialect and related transformations are crucial components in the MLIR CodeGen flow for machine learning (ML). Today I will zoom in on it to explain its positioning in the overall picture, characteristics, important operations and transformations, and best practices of using it based on my experiences.
The initial blog post in this series captured my overall take on the evolution trends of compilers and IRs. It also touched on LLVM IR, SPIR-V, and MLIR, explaining the problems they are addressing and design focuses thereof. Today I will expand on MLIR and talk about its dialect hierarchy for machine learning (ML) compilers systematically.