### 10.12 Vector Operations

All normal RTL expressions can be used with vector modes; they are interpreted as operating on each part of the vector independently. Additionally, there are a few new expressions to describe specific vector operations.

`(vec_merge:`

`m``vec1``vec2``items``)`

- This describes a merge operation between two vectors. The result is a vector
of mode
`m`; its elements are selected from either`vec1`or`vec2`. Which elements are selected is described by`items`, which is a bit mask represented by a`const_int`

; a zero bit indicates the corresponding element in the result vector is taken from`vec2`while a set bit indicates it is taken from`vec1`. `(vec_select:`

`m``vec1``selection``)`

- This describes an operation that selects parts of a vector.
`vec1`is the source vector,`selection`is a`parallel`

that contains a`const_int`

for each of the subparts of the result vector, giving the number of the source subpart that should be stored into it. `(vec_concat:`

`m``vec1``vec2``)`

- Describes a vector concat operation. The result is a concatenation of the
vectors
`vec1`and`vec2`; its length is the sum of the lengths of the two inputs. `(vec_duplicate:`

`m``vec``)`

- This operation converts a small vector into a larger one by duplicating the input values. The output vector mode must have the same submodes as the input vector mode, and the number of output parts must be an integer multiple of the number of input parts.