Contributor’s guide#

This document provides the coding guidelines to be followed while contributing to the hipTensor APIs.

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 contribution 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. Follow the guidelines below while creating a pull request:

  • Target the develop branch for integration

  • Ensure that the code builds successfully

  • Do not break existing test cases

  • Be informed that a new functionality is only merged with new unit tests

  • Ensure that new unit tests integrate within the existing GoogleTest framework

  • Design the tests with good code coverage

  • Ensure that the code contains benchmark tests and performance approaches the compute bound limit or memory bound limit

Style guide#

This project follows the CPP Core guidelines, with few modifications and additions as given below. We encourage you to follow the below-mentioned guidelines while creating the pull requests.


  • Use C++17 for the library code

  • Avoid camel case

  • The above-given rules apply specifically to publicly visible APIs, but is also encouraged (not mandated) for internal code


  • Write in ISO Standard C++14 (especially to support Windows, Linux and macOS platforms )

  • Prefer compile-time check to run-time check


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

  • Ensure that a .cpp file mandatorily includes the .hpp file(s) that defines its interface

  • Don’t put a global using -directive in a header file

  • Use #include guards for all .hpp files

  • Don’t use an unnamed (anonymous) namespace in a header

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

  • Minimize the exposure of class members

  • Keep functions short and simple

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

  • Manage resources automatically using RAII ( includes std::unique_ptr and std::shared_ptr)

  • Use auto to avoid redundant repetition of type names

  • Always initialize an object

  • Prefer the {} initializer syntax

  • Expect your code to run as part of a multi-threaded program

  • Avoid global variables


C++ code is formatted using clang-format. To run clang-format, use the version in the /opt/rocm/llvm/bin directory. Don’t use your system’s built-in clang-format, which could be an older version leading to 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 the hipTensor directory:

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

Also, to install githooks to format the code per-commit, use: