This section describes the basic concepts of Resource types and their functionality in RAJA::forall. Resources are used as an interface to various backend constructs and their respective hardware. Currently there exists Resource types for Cuda, Hip, Omp (target) and Host. Resource objects allow the user to execute RAJA::forall calls asynchronously on a respective thread/stream. The underlying concept of each individual Resource is still under development and it should be considered that functionality / behaviour may change.


  • Currently feature complete asynchronous behavior and streamed/threaded support is available only for Cuda and Hip resources.
  • The RAJA::resources namespace aliases the camp::resources namespace.

Each resource has a set of underlying functionality that is synonymous across all resource types.

Methods Brief description
get_platform Returns the underlying camp platform the resource is associated with.
get_event Return an Event object for the resource from the last resource call.
allocate Allocate data per the resource’s given backend.
deallocate Deallocate data per the resource’s given backend.
memcpy Perform a memory copy from a src location to a destination location from the resource’s backend.
memset Set memory value per the resourse’s given backend.
wait_for Enqueue a wait on the resource’s stream/thread for a user passed event to occur.


deallocate, memcpy and memset will only work with pointers that correspond to memory locations that have been allocated on the resource’s respective device.

Each resource type also defines specific backend information/functionality. For example, each CUDA resource contains a cudaStream_t value with an associated get method. See the individual functionality for each resource in raja/tpl/camp/include/resource/.


Stream IDs are assigned to resources in a round robin fashion. The number of independent streams for a given backend is limited to the maximum number of concurrent streams that the back-end supports.


Resources can be declared in two formats: An erased resource, and a concrete resource. The underlying runtime functionality is the same for both formats. An erased resource allows a user the ability to change the resource backend at runtime.

Concrete CUDA resource:

RAJA::resources::Cuda my_cuda_res;

Erased resource:

if (use_gpu)
  RAJA::resources::Resource my_res{RAJA::resources::Cuda()};
  RAJA::resources::Resource my_res{RAJA::resources::Host()};

Memory allocation on resources:

int* a1 = my_cuda_res.allocate<int>(ARRAY_SIZE);
int* a2 = my_res.allocate<int>(ARRAY_SIZE);

If use_gpu is true, then the underlying type of my_res is a CUDA resource. Therefore a1 and a2 will both be allocated on the GPU. If use_gpu is false, then only a1 is allocated on the GPU, and a2 is allocated on the host.


A resource is an optional argument to a RAJA::forall call. When used, it is passed as the first argument to the method:

RAJA::forall<ExecPol>(my_gpu_res, .... )

When specifying a CUDA or HIP resource, the RAJA::forall is executed aynchronously on a stream. Currently, CUDA and HIP are the only Resources that enable asynchronous threading with a RAJA::forall. All other calls default to using the Host resource until further support is added.

The Resource type that is passed to a RAJA::forall call must be a concrete type. This is to allow for a compile-time assertion that the resource is not compatible with the given execution policy. For example:

using ExecPol = RAJA::cuda_exec_async<BLOCK_SIZE>;
RAJA::resources::Cuda my_cuda_res;
RAJA::resources::Resource my_res{RAJA::resources::Cuda()};
RAJA::resources::Host my_host_res;

RAJA::forall<ExecPol>(my_cuda_res, .... ) // Compiles.
RAJA::forall<ExecPol>(my_res, .... )      // Compilation Error. Not Concrete.
RAJA::forall<ExecPol>(my_host_res, .... ) // Compilation Error. Mismatched Resource and Exec Policy.

Below is a list of the currently available concrete resource types and their execution policy suport.

Resource Policies supported


The RAJA::resources::Omp resource is still under development.

IndexSet policies require two execution policies (see IndexSets). Currently, users may only pass a single resource to a forall method taking an IndexSet argument. This resource is used for the inner execution of each Segment in the IndexSet:

using ExecPol = RAJA::ExecPolicy<RAJA::seq_segit, RAJA::cuda_exec<256>>;
RAJA::forall<ExecPol>(my_cuda_res, iset,  .... );

When a resource is not provided by the user, a default resource is assigned, which can be accessed in a number of ways. It can be accessed directly from the concrete resource type:

RAJA::resources::Cuda my_default_cuda = RAJA::resources::Cuda::get_default();

The resource type can also be deduced from an execution policy:

using Res = RAJA::resources::get_resource<ExecPol>::type;
Res r = Res::get_default();

Finally, the resource type can be deduced from an execution policy:

auto my_resource = RAJA::resources::get_default_resource<ExecPol>();


For CUDA and HIP, the default resource is NOT the CUDA or HIP default stream. It is its own stream defined in camp/include/resource/. This is an attempt to break away from some of the issues that arise from the synchronization behaviour of the CUDA and HIP default streams. It is still possible to use the CUDA and HIP default streams as the default resource. This can be enabled by defining the environment variable CAMP_USE_PLATFORM_DEFAULT_STREAM before compiling RAJA in a project.


Event objects allow users to wait or query the status of a resource’s action. An event can be returned from a resource:

RAJA::resources::Event e = my_res.get_event();

Getting an event like this enqueues an event object for the given back-end.

Users can call the blocking wait function on the event:


Preferably, users can enqueue the event on a specific resource, forcing only that resource to wait for the event:


The usage allows one to set up dependencies between resource objects and RAJA::forall calls.


An Event object is only created if a user explicitly sets the event returned by the RAJA::forall call to a variable. This avoids unnecessary event objects being created when not needed. For example:

forall<cuda_exec_async<BLOCK_SIZE>>(my_cuda_res, ...

will not generate a cudaStreamEvent, whereas:

RAJA::resources::Event e = forall<cuda_exec_async<BLOCK_SIZE>>(my_cuda_res, ...

will generate a cudaStreamEvent.


This example executes three kernels across two cuda streams on the GPU with a requirement that the first and second kernel finish execution before launching the third. It also demonstrates copying memory from the device to host on a resource:

First, define two concrete CUDA resources and one host resource:

  RAJA::resources::Cuda res_gpu1;
  RAJA::resources::Cuda res_gpu2;
  RAJA::resources::Host res_host;

  using EXEC_POLICY = RAJA::cuda_exec_async<GPU_BLOCK_SIZE>;

Next, allocate data for two device arrays and one host array:

  int* d_array1 = res_gpu1.allocate<int>(N);
  int* d_array2 = res_gpu2.allocate<int>(N);
  int* h_array  = res_host.allocate<int>(N);

Then, Execute a kernel on CUDA stream 1 res_gpu1:

  RAJA::forall<EXEC_POLICY>(res_gpu1, RAJA::RangeSegment(0,N),
    [=] RAJA_HOST_DEVICE (int i) {
      d_array1[i] = i;

and execute another kernel on CUDA stream 2 res_gpu2 storing a handle to an Event object to a local variable:

  RAJA::resources::Event e = RAJA::forall<EXEC_POLICY>(res_gpu2, RAJA::RangeSegment(0,N),
    [=] RAJA_HOST_DEVICE (int i) {
      d_array2[i] = -1;

The next kernel on res_gpu1 requires that the last kernel on res_gpu2 finish first. Therefore, we enqueue a wait on res_gpu1 that enforces this:


Execute the second kernel on res_gpu1 now that the two previous kernels have finished:

  RAJA::forall<EXEC_POLICY>(res_gpu1, RAJA::RangeSegment(0,N),
    [=] RAJA_HOST_DEVICE (int i) {
      d_array1[i] *= d_array2[i];

We can enqueue a memcpy operation on res_gpu1 to move data from the device to the host:

  res_gpu1.memcpy(h_array, d_array1, sizeof(int) * N);

Lastly, we use the copied data on the host side:

  bool check = true;
  RAJA::forall<RAJA::seq_exec>(res_host, RAJA::RangeSegment(0,N),
    [&check, h_array] (int i) {
      if(h_array[i] != -i) {check = false;}