Reduction Operations

RAJA does not provide separate loop execution methods for loops containing reduction operations like some other C++ loop programming abstraction models do. Instead, RAJA provides reduction types that allow users to perform reduction operations in RAJA::forall and RAJA::kernel methods in a portable, thread-safe manner. Users may use as many reduction objects in a loop kernel as they need. Available RAJA reduction types are described in this section.

A detailed example of RAJA reduction usage can be found in Reductions.


All RAJA reduction types are located in the namespace RAJA.



  • Each RAJA reduction type is templated on a reduction policy and a reduction value type for the reduction variable.
  • Each RAJA reduction type accepts an initial reduction value at construction.
  • Each RAJA reduction type has a ‘get’ method to access its reduced value after kernel execution completes.

Reduction Types

RAJA supports five common reduction types:

  • ReduceSum< reduce_policy, data_type > - Sum of values.
  • ReduceMin< reduce_policy, data_type > - Min value.
  • ReduceMax< reduce_policy, data_type > - Max value.
  • ReduceMinLoc< reduce_policy, data_type > - Min value and a loop index where the minimum was found.
  • ReduceMaxLoc< reduce_policy, data_type > - Max value and a loop index where the maximum was found.


  • When RAJA::ReduceMinLoc and RAJA::ReduceMaxLoc are used in a sequential execution context, the loop index of the min/max is the first index where the min/max occurs.
  • When the ‘loc’ reductions are used in a parallel execution context, the loop index given for the reduction value may be any index where the min or max occurs.

Here is a simple RAJA reduction example that shows how to use a sum reduction type and a min-loc reduction type:

const int N = 1000;

// Initialize array of length N with all ones. Then, set some other
// values to make the example mildly interesting...
int vec[N] = {1};
vec[100] = -10; vec[500] = -10;

// Create sum and min-loc reduction objects with initial values
RAJA::ReduceSum< RAJA::omp_reduce, int > vsum(0);
RAJA::ReduceMinLoc< RAJA::omp_reduce, int > vminloc(100, -1);

RAJA::forall<RAJA::omp_parallel_for_exec>( RAJA::RangeSegment(0, N),
  [=](RAJA::Index_type i) {

  vsum += vec[i];
  vminloc.minloc( vec[i], i );


int my_vsum = static_cast<int>(vsum.get());

int my_vmin = static_cast<int>(vminloc.get());
int my_vminloc = static_cast<int>(vminloc.getLoc());

The results of these operations will yield the following values:

  • my_vsum == 978 (= 998 - 10 - 10)
  • my_vmin == -10
  • my_vminloc == 100 or 500

Note that the location index for the minimum array value can be one of two values depending on the order of the reduction finalization since the loop is run in parallel.

Reduction Policies

For more information about available RAJA reduction policies and guidance on which to use with RAJA execution policies, please see Reduction Policies.