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// # What is "packing"?
//
// Before feeding data to the gemm kernels (the parts of Ruy that do lots
// of multiply-add operations), Ruy first performs a data transformation (which
// we call "packing") on the input matrices. This transformation has two main
// goals:
// - rearrange data into blocks that are a convenient size/layout for the gemm
// kernels to consume. This helps make the memory access pattern of the gemm
// kernel simpler and more contiguous, and puts the data in a layout most
// convenient for specific arithmetic instructions in the gemm kernel.
// - compute row/column sums needed for handling quantization with non-symmetric
// zero points.
//
// # Simplified algorithmic analysis of packing
//
// Packing is a relatively simple transformation which does a small constant
// amount of work on each element of an input matrix, and hence for an NxM
// matrix performs O(N*M) work. If N and M are of the same order, then this is
// O(N^2) work.
//
// A NxKxM matrix multiplication requires N*K*M multiply-accumulate operations.
// Note that if N, K, and M are all the same order, then the number of
// multiply-accumulate operations is O(N^3).
//
// Thus, the O(N^2) cost of packing is small compared to the O(N^3) work, in the
// case of all dimensions being roughly the same order.
//
// # Packing cost can be significant
//
// When matrix * matrix multiplications begin to look more like matrix * vector
// multiplications, packing cost can become significant. We sometimes call these
// cases "gemv-like".
//
// Continuing the algorithmic analysis above, if we consider a case where an
// NxKxM matrix multiplication has either N = O(1) or M = O(1), then the
// situation is different. In this case, the multiply-accumulate work is only
// quadratic, so the quadratic cost of packing can be come significant.
//
// Another way to say this is that the cost of packing an input matrix (either
// the LHS or RHS) is amortized across the non-depth dimension of the opposite
// input matrix. Thus, when the LHS has very few rows or the RHS has very few
// columns, the cost of packing the opposite input matrix can become
// significant.
//
// As a rough rule of thumb, the cost of packing starts to become significant
// when either N or M is below 32 (and other dimensions are hundreds), with very
// significant packing costs at 8 or below. This varies by data type, Path, and
// tuning, so these numbers are only rough guides.
//
// One practical use case that is affected by this is inference of
// fully connected neural network layers with a low batch size. The weight
// matrix (which is a constant for inference) is the one affected by significant
// packing cost.
//
// Ruy has an optional feature, accessed by Matrix::set_cache_policy(), to
// cache the packed forms of constant matrices.
//
// # Implementation notes
//
// Ruy's packing routines always operate on a range of columns and can be
// applied to either the LHS or RHS. This is possible because Ruy internally
// implements a TrMul, so the accumulation along depth is done along columns of
// both the LHS and RHS (whereas for a normal Mul the accumulation along depth
// for the LHS is along rows). As another example, we are always computing
// column sums for quantization (and never row sums, since the LHS is
// transposed).
#ifndef RUY_RUY_PACK_H_
#define RUY_RUY_PACK_H_
#include "ruy/platform.h"
// IWYU pragma: begin_exports
#if RUY_PLATFORM_NEON
#include "ruy/pack_arm.h"
#elif RUY_PLATFORM_X86
#include "ruy/pack_x86.h"
#else
#include "ruy/pack_common.h"
#endif
// IWYU pragma: end_exports
#endif // RUY_RUY_PACK_H_