# SIMD Support

Type VecElement{T} is intended for building libraries of SIMD operations. Practical use of it requires using llvmcall. The type is defined as:

struct VecElement{T}
value::T
end

It has a special compilation rule: a homogeneous tuple of VecElement{T} maps to an LLVM vector type when T is a primitive bits type.

At -O3, the compiler might automatically vectorize operations on such tuples. For example, the following program, when compiled with julia -O3 generates two SIMD addition instructions (addps) on x86 systems:

const m128 = NTuple{4,VecElement{Float32}}

(VecElement(a[1].value+b[1].value),
VecElement(a[2].value+b[2].value),
VecElement(a[3].value+b[3].value),
VecElement(a[4].value+b[4].value))
end

code_native(triple,(m128,))

However, since the automatic vectorization cannot be relied upon, future use will mostly be via libraries that use llvmcall.