# Sort Operations¶

RAJA provides portable parallel sort operations, which are described in this section.

A few important notes:

Note

All RAJA sort operations are in the namespace

`RAJA`

.Each RAJA sort operation is a template on an

*execution policy*parameter. The same policy types used for`RAJA::forall`

methods may be used for RAJA sorts. Please see Policies for more information.RAJA sort operations accept an optional

*comparator*argument so users can perform different types of sort operations. If no operator is given, the default is a*less than*operation and the result is a sequence sorted in**non-decreasing**order.

Also:

Note

For sorts using the CUDA or HIP back-end, RAJA implementation uses
the NVIDIA CUB library or AMD rocPRIM library, respectively.
Typically, the CMake variable `CUB_DIR`

or `ROCPRIM_DIR`

will
be automatically set to the location of the CUB or rocPRIM library
for the CUDA or rocPRIM installation specified when either back-end
is enabled. More details for configuring the CUB or rocPRIM library
for a RAJA build can be found Dependencies.

Please see the following tutorial sections for detailed examples that use RAJA scan operations:

## Sort Operations¶

In general, a sort operation takes a sequence of numbers ‘x’ and a binary comparison operator ‘op’ to form a strict weak ordering of elements in input sequence ‘x’ and produce a sequence of numbers ‘y’ as output. The output sequence is a permutation of the input sequence where each pair of elements ‘a’ and ‘b’, where ‘a’ is before ‘b’ in the output sequence, satisfies ‘!(b op a)’. Sorts are stable if they always preserve the order of equivalent elements, where equivalent means ‘!(a op b) && !(b op a)’ is true.

A **stable sort** takes an input sequence ‘x’ where a_{i} appears
before a_{j} if i < j when a_{i} and a_{j} are equivalent
for any i != j.

x = { a

_{0}, b_{0}, a_{1}, … }

and calculates the stably sorted output sequence ‘y’ that preserves the
order of equivalent elements. That is, the sorted sequence where element
a_{i} appears before the equivalent element a_{j} if i < j:

y = { a

_{0}, a_{1}, b_{0}, … }

An **unstable sort** may not preserve the order of equivalent elements and
may produce either of the following output sequences:

y = { a

_{0}, a_{1}, b_{0}, … }or

y = { a

_{1}, a_{0}, b_{0}, … }

## RAJA Unstable Sorts¶

RAJA unstable sort operations look like the following:

`RAJA::sort< exec_policy >(container)`

`RAJA::sort< exec_policy >(container, comparator)`

For example, sorting an integer array with this sequence of values:

```
6 7 2 1 0 9 4 8 5 3 4 9 6 3 7 0 1 8 2 5
```

with a sequential unstable sort operation:

```
std::copy_n(in, N, out);
RAJA::sort<RAJA::seq_exec>(RAJA::make_span(out, N));
```

produces the `out`

array with this sequence of values:

```
0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9
```

Note that the syntax is essentially the same as Scan Operations.
Here, `container`

is a random access range of elements. `container`

provides
access to the input sequence and contains the output sequence at the end of
sort. The sort operation listed above will be a *non-decreasing* sort
since there is no comparator argument given; i.e., the sequences will be
reordered *in-place* using the default RAJA less-than comparator.

Equivalently, the `RAJA::operators::less`

comparator operator could be
passed as the second argument to the sort routine to produce the same result:

```
RAJA::sort<RAJA::seq_exec>(RAJA::make_span(out, N),
RAJA::operators::less<int>{});
```

Note that container arguments can be generated from iterators using
`RAJA::make_span(out, N)`

, where we pass the base pointer for the array
and its length.

RAJA also provides sort operations that operate on key-value pairs stored separately:

`RAJA::sort_pairs< exec_policy >(keys_container, vals_container)`

`RAJA::sort_pairs< exec_policy >(keys_container, vals_container, comparator)`

`RAJA::sort_pairs`

methods generate the same output sequence of keys in
`keys_container`

as `RAJA::sort`

does in `container`

and reorders the
sequence of values in `vals_container`

by permuting the sequence of values in
the same manner as the sequence of keys; i.e. the sequence of pairs is sorted
based on comparing their keys. Detailed examples are provided in
Parallel Sort Operations.

Note

The comparator used in `RAJA::sort_pairs`

only compares keys.

## RAJA Stable Sorts¶

RAJA stable sort operations are used essentially the same as unstable sorts:

`RAJA::stable_sort< exec_policy >(container)`

`RAJA::stable_sort< exec_policy >(container, comparator)`

RAJA also provides stable sort pairs that operate on key-value pairs stored separately:

`RAJA::stable_sort_pairs< exec_policy >(keys_container, vals_container)`

`RAJA::stable_sort_pairs< exec_policy >(keys_container, vals_container, comparator)`

## RAJA Comparison Operators¶

RAJA provides two operators that can be used to produce different ordered sorts:

`RAJA::operators::less<T>`

`RAJA::operators::greater<T>`

Note

All RAJA comparison operators are in the namespace `RAJA::operators`

.