Contributor’s Guide#

License Agreement#

  1. The code I am contributing is mine, and I have the right to license it.

  2. By submitting a pull request for this project I am granting you a license to distribute said code under the MIT License for the project.

Pull-request guidelines#

Our code contriubtion guidelines closely follows the model of GitHub pull-requests. The hipTensor repository follows a workflow which dictates a /master branch where releases are cut, and a /develop branch which serves as an integration branch for new code. Pull requests should:

  • target the develop branch for integration

  • ensure code builds successfully.

  • do not break existing test cases

  • new functionality will only be merged with new unit tests

  • new unit tests should integrate within the existing googletest framework.

  • tests must have good code coverage

  • code must also have benchmark tests, and performance must approach the compute bound limit or memory bound limit.


This project follows the CPP Core guidelines, with few modifications or additions noted below. All pull-requests should in good faith attempt to follow the guidelines stated therein, but we recognize that the content is lengthy. Below we list our primary concerns when reviewing pull-requests.


  • Library code should use C++17

  • Avoid CamelCase

  • This rule applies specifically to publicly visible APIs, but is also encouraged (not mandated) for internal code


  • P.2: Write in ISO Standard C++14 (especially to support windows, linux and macos plaforms )

  • P.5: Prefer compile-time checking to run-time checking


  • SF.1: Use a .cpp suffix for code files and an .hpp suffix for interface files if your project doesn’t already follow another convention

  • SF.5: A .cpp file must include the .hpp file(s) that defines its interface

  • SF.7: Don’t put a global using-directive in a header file

  • SF.8: Use #include guards for all .hpp files

  • SF.21: Don’t use an unnamed (anonymous) namespace in a header

  • SL.10: Prefer using std::array or std::vector instead of a C array

  • C.9: Minimize the exposure of class members

  • F.3: Keep functions short and simple

  • F.21: To return multiple ‘out’ values, prefer returning a std::tuple

  • R.1: Manage resources automatically using RAII (this includes std::unique_ptr & std::shared_ptr)

  • ES.11: Use auto to avoid redundant repetition of type names

  • ES.20: Always initialize an object

  • ES.23: Prefer the {} initializer syntax

  • CP.1: Assume that your code will run as part of a multi-threaded program

  • I.2: Avoid global variables


C++ code is formatted using clang-format. To run clang-format use the version in the /opt/rocm/llvm/bin directory. Please do not use your system’s built-in clang-format, as this may be an older version that will result in different results.

To format a file, use:

/opt/rocm/llvm/bin/clang-format -style=file -i <path-to-source-file>

To format all files, run the following script in hipTensor directory:

git ls-files -z *.cc *.cpp *.h *.hpp *.cl * * * | xargs -0 /opt/rocm/llvm/bin/clang-format -style=file -i

Also, githooks can be installed to format the code per-commit: