[gmx-developers] Plans for GROMACS 2016 release

Berk Hess hess at kth.se
Mon May 23 22:57:10 CEST 2016


The current beta contains a serious bug in the v-rescale thermostat, 
which renders it nearly useless. I think second beta might be good.



On 05/23/2016 10:55 PM, Schulz, Roland wrote:
> Hi,
> What’s the plan for the release? Just one beta (and no RC) and then 
> release? One month (Jun12th) of beta?
> Roland
> *From:*gromacs.org_gmx-developers-bounces at maillist.sys.kth.se 
> [mailto:gromacs.org_gmx-developers-bounces at maillist.sys.kth.se] *On 
> Behalf Of * Mark Abraham
> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 4, 2016 6:23 AM
> *To:* Discussion list for GROMACS development <gmx-developers at gromacs.org>
> *Subject:* Re: [gmx-developers] Plans for GROMACS 2016 release
> Hi,
> Apologies for my delays here - many tasks have come up in the last 2 
> months that have needed lots of my time and focus. I'll have time to 
> do the beta release on Monday May 9. Last drinks in gerrit!
> Cheers,
> Mark
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 12:13 PM Mark Abraham <mark.j.abraham at gmail.com 
> <mailto:mark.j.abraham at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi devs,
>     I propose a much lower-key release cycle than we have had in the
>     past. It has dragged out too long and been too stressful for all
>     involved :-)
>     On April 1, I'll fool you all and roll a release candidate from
>     master branch HEAD, and branch release-2016 immediately. If stuff
>     isn't merged yet, then it isn't. The one thing that can't get me
>     fired is releasing quality code at a predictable time, and the
>     fewer things we submit to master branch, the easier it is for me
>     to do that job! ;-) If you need/want some code in the release,
>     then it needs to be in Gerrit with Doxygen, user docs and test
>     cases... real soon now! And get your reviewers interested in
>     advance, because they're all super busy people. :-)
>     Then May 1, when the worst of the known issues are handled, I'll
>     release GROMACS 2016. That'll then give us ~6 weeks before Swedes
>     disappear on summer holidays if we need to do 2016.1 release then.
>     Our long beta phases for 4.6, 5.0 and 5.1 haven't been terribly
>     effective at finding development bugs (e.g. I broke
>     multi-rank-per-simulation replica exchange before 5.1, and nobody
>     noticed until the code had been out for several months; there's
>     various other such examples). Instead, I'll use that month to
>     prioritise the kind of exhaustive testing that has been too
>     onerous for me to contemplate doing after a multi-month beta
>     phase. Hopefully some of my new testing infrastructure can be
>     reviewed and integrated by then, to make that easier.
>     I am planning to do a GROMACS 2016 paper, and those of you who've
>     been working actively and regularly on the wider code base will be
>     most welcome to help write that!
>     Happy coding and reviewing!
>     Mark

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