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Glossary

Abstract syntax tree (AST)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_syntax_tree

Ahead-of-time (AOT)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahead-of-time_compilation

Aliasing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliasing_(computing)

Annotation

https://docs.python.org/3/glossary.html

Array of structures (AOS)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AoS_and_SoA

See also structure of arrays.

Assert statement

https://docs.python.org/3/reference/simple_stmts.html#the-assert-statement

Atomic operation

https://wiki.osdev.org/Atomic_operation

Augmented assignment

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_assignment

Automatic differentiation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_differentiation

Bitmask

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mask_(computing)

Column-major order

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row-_and_column-major_order

See also row-major order.

Compound type

A compound type is a user-defined array-like or struct-like data type which comprises multiple members of primitive types or other compound types. Supported compound types in Taichi include vectors, metrics, and structs.

Compute shader

https://www.khronos.org/opengl/wiki/Compute_Shader

Coordinate offset

A coordinate offset refers to a value added to another base value, which is an element in a Taichi field.

You can use offsets when defining a field to move the field boundaries.

Data-oriented programming (DOP)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data-oriented_design

Data race

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_condition#Data_race

Differentiable programming

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differentiable_programming

Domain-specific language (DSL)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain-specific_language

External array

External arrays refer to data containers available in the Python scope.

Taichi supports interaction with the following external arrays - Numpy arrays, PyTorch tensors, and Paddle tensors.

Field

A field is a multi-dimensional array of elements. The elements it accepts can be a scalar, a vector, a matrix, or a struct. It is a global data container provided by Taichi and can be accessed from both the Python scope and the Taichi scope.

Field shape

The shape of a field is the number of elements in each dimension.

Fragment shader

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader#Pixel_shaders

Global variable

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_variable

Grid-Stride Loop

https://developer.nvidia.com/blog/cuda-pro-tip-write-flexible-kernels-grid-stride-loops/

Imperative programming

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperative_programming

Instantiation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instance_(computer_science)

Intermediate representation (IR)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermediate_representation

Just-in-time (JIT) compilation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-in-time_compilation

Kernel

A kernel is a function decorated with @ti.kernel. A kernel serves as the entry point where Taichi begins to take over the tasks, and it must be called directly by Python code.

Lexical-scoped

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scope_(computer_science)#Lexical_scope

Local variable

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_variable

Loop unrolling

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loop_unrolling

Megakernel

A megakernel is a Taichi kernel that can deal with a large amount of computation to achieve high arithmetic intensity.

Metadata

Metadata refers to the two fundamental attributes of a Taichi field, i.e., data type and shape.

Use field.dtype and field.shape to retrieve the metadata.

Metaprogramming

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaprogramming

Object-oriented programming (OOP)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object-oriented_programming

Plain old data (POD)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_data_structure

Primitive type

Primitive data types are commonly-used numerical data types from which all other data types are constructed. Supported primitive data types in Taichi include ti.i32 (int32), ti.u8 (uint8), and ti.f64 (float64)

Python scope

Code outside of the Taichi scope is in the Python scope. The code in the Python scope is native Python and executed by Python's virtual machine, not by Taichi's runtime.

The Python scope corresponds to the host side in CUDA.

Row-major order

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row-_and_column-major_order

See also coloum-major order.

Shader storage buffer object (SSBO)

https://www.khronos.org/opengl/wiki/Shader_Storage_Buffer_Object

Sparse matrix

A matrix is a two-dimensional data object made of m rows and n columns. If a matrix is comprised of mostly zero values, then it is a sparse matrix.

Taichi provides APIs for sparse matrices.

Static scope

A static scope is a scope of the argument of ti.static, which is a hint for the compiler to evaluate the argument at compile time.

Static single assignment (SSA)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_single-assignment_form

Structure of arrays (SOA)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AoS_and_SoA

See also array of structures.

Taichi function

A Taichi function is a function decorated with @ti.func.

A Taichi function must be called from inside a kernel or from inside another Taichi function.

Taichi scope

The code inside a kernel or a Taichi function is in the Taichi scope. The code in the Taichi scope is compiled by Taichi's runtime and executed in parallel on CPU or GPU devices for high-performance computation.

The Taichi scope corresponds to the device side in CUDA.

Template signature

Template signatures are what distinguish different instantiations of a kernel template.

For example, The signature of add(x, 42) is (x, ti.i32), which is the same as that of add(x, 1). Therefore, the latter can reuse the previously compiled binary. The signature of add(y, 42) is (y, ti.i32), a different value from the previous signature, hence a new kernel will be instantiated and compiled.

Thread local storage (TLS)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thread-local_storage

Traceback

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stack_trace

Vertex shader

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader#Vertex_shaders