[gmx-developers] remaining timeline for 5.0

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 09:40:21 CET 2014


I've let this second deadline slip a bit - we did have a good merging party
last week and there are only a few things left to sort out. Of those things
that were either in gerrit in good shape in November, or affect core
GROMACS strategy significantly, I think only the Verlet-free-energy,
Verlet-LJPME, generic-SIMD and RNG-completion remain and they've been
largely approved. So, I will roll the release candidate on Wednesday. Other
stuff can get in, but they are a lower priority.

Looking forward, we will have a 4.6.6 shortly after that, declare
release-4-6 branch closed for practical purposes. I am currently thinking
of a 5.1 in May-June, e.g. beta May 1, rc June 1, release mid-June.


On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM, Mark Abraham <mark.j.abraham at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi devs,
> Many thanks for all your hard work. I've just made the release of the
> second 5.0 beta.
> We still have a number of features close to ready to ship. We originally
> planned for a February 1 shipping date, which hasn't worked out. That's OK
> - it's much more important that we ship things that work well, even if a
> few weeks late.
> So, I propose we use another fortnight for final merging of the remaining
> content in gerrit. I don't expect that everything there will get in.
> Ultimately that's up to you people, voting with your feet on what code you
> develop, review and test! I propose that I will ship the release candidate
> on Wednesday, February 12. Happy to move this either way if there's good
> reason!
> At that time, a release-5-0-patches branch will appear on our git servers.
> The only content that can go there must fix a bug or enhance documentation.
> We will not be dribbling in refactoring and completion work, such as we did
> during the 4.6 releases. master branch will remain the place for new
> content, and the content from release-5-0 branch will be merged to it. I
> plan to have a 5.1 release during this year, probably in spring.
> We will need another few weeks after feature completion, to go through
> fixing and adding to the documentation, prompt tutorial authors and
> third-party software developers to update for 5.0, test for simulation
> performance on all the different kinds of systems we run on. I'll propose a
> final release date at about the time of the release candidate.
> Cheers, and thanks again!
> Mark
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