Contributing to RAJA

This section is intended for folks who want to contribute new features or bugfixes to RAJA. It assumes you are familiar with Git and GitHub. It describes what a good pull request (PR) looks like, and the tests that your PR must pass before it can be merged into RAJA.

Forking RAJA

If you aren’t a RAJA developer at LLNL, then you won’t have permission to push new branches to the repository. First, you should create a fork of the repo. This will create a copy of the RAJA repository that you own, and will ensure you can push your changes to GitHub and create pull requests.

Developing a New Feature

New features should be based on the RAJA develop branch. When you want to create a new feature, first ensure you have an up-to-date copy of the develop branch:

$ git checkout develop
$ git pull origin develop

Then, create a new branch to develop your feature on:

$ git checkout -b feature/<name-of-feature>

Proceed to develop your feature on this branch pushing changes with reasonably-sized atomic commits, and add tests that will exercise your new code. If you are creating new methods or classes, please add Doxygen documentation.

Once your feature is complete and your tests are passing, you can push your branch to GitHub and create a PR.

Developing a Bug Fix

First, check if the change you want to make has been addressed in the RAJA develop branch. If so, we suggest you either start using the develop branch, or temporarily apply the fix to whichever version of RAJA you are using.

Assuming there is an unsolved bug, first make sure you have an up-to-date copy of the develop branch:

$ git checkout develop
$ git pull origin develop

Then create a new branch for your bugfix:

$ git checkout -b bugfix/<name-of-bug>

First, add a test that reproduces the bug you have found. Then develop your bugfix as normal, and ensure to make test to check your changes actually fix the bug.

Once you are finished, you can push your branch to GitHub, then create a PR.

Creating a Pull Request

You can create a new PR here. GitHub has a good guide on PR basics if you want more information. Ensure that your PR base is the develop branch of RAJA.

Add a descriptive title explaining the bug you fixed or the feature you have added, and put a longer description of the changes you have made in the comment box.

Once your PR has been created, it will be run through our automated tests and also be reviewed by RAJA team members. Providing the branch passes both the tests and reviews, it will be merged into RAJA.


RAJA uses Travis CI for continuous integration tests. Our tests are automatically run against every new pull request, and passing all tests is a requirement for merging your PR. If you are developing a bugfix or a new feature, please add a test that checks the correctness of your new code. RAJA is used on a wide variety of systems with a number of configurations, and adding new tests helps ensure that all features work as expected across these environments.

All RAJA tests are in the RAJA/test directory and are split up by programming model back-end and feature.