[dpdk-dev] DPDK Release Status Meeting 15/04/2021

Ferruh Yigit ferruh.yigit at intel.com
Thu Apr 15 13:34:22 CEST 2021

Release status meeting minutes {Date}
:Date: 15 April 2021

* Release Dates
* Subtrees
* Opens

* Arm
* Broadcom
* Canonical
* Debian/Microsoft
* Intel
* Marvell
* Nvidia
* OKTET Labs
* Red Hat

Release Dates

* `v21.05` dates
  - -rc1 pushed to  *Wednesday, 21 April*
  - -rc2:           Wednesday, 5 May
  - Release:        Friday, 14 May

* 1-5 May is Labor Day holiday in PRC.


* main
  - ioat driver updates, may be postponed to -rc2
  - meson update
    ** Better to have in this release, but not urgent, can be postponed
  - Arm meson updates
    ** Bruce ack'ed the common code, Arm specific part needs ack
    ** There are config file changes, Hisilicon and CNXK depends on it
  - Reported a vhost TSO problem, work is going on
  - mbuf eCPRI will be reviewed, there is no enough review
  - Merged most of Thomas' series
  - Predictable RSS feature
    ** Comment on missing documentation and example
       *** Working on the documentation update
       *** Too short time for the example, it can be done gradually in next
  - FIB lookup method to l3fwd, can be merged today
  - Some fix patch can be merged after -rc1

* next-net
  - Not big backlog, ~50 patches, but there are multiple ethdev ones
    ** 4 ethdev flow API changes, reviews progressed but not finalised yet
       *** Relying Ori's review for them
       *** conntrack one has no review, it will be postponed if there is no
	   review before -rc1
    ** 1 ethdev meter API change, Cristian reviewed, new version expected
    ** 2 other ethdev changes, queue state and sanity checks ones
       *** New version received for queue state one, can be merged soon
           **** There is a testpmd patch depends on this
       *** Andrew reviewed sanity checks one, minor change request
	   **** It does not look critical for the release but prefer to get it
		if it is ready
  - new PMD `ngbe` form Wangxun, new version requested
  - pulled from vendor trees yesterday
  - There are testpmd multi-process and Windows enablement patches
    ** For multi-process one waiting for new version because of minor issues
       *** There is a long term testing concern, should DTS updated to verify
	   testpmd multi-process support?
    ** Windows enablement patch can be postponed to next release

* next-crypto
  - 2/3 patches from mlx, will apply soon
  - Ciara's patch can be merged later
  - "raw data path dequeue API" by Fan waiting for reply
  - Two PMDs for -rc2
    ** mlx5 crypto PMD
    ** NXP baseband PMD
  - "lookaside IPsec UDP encapsulation and transport mode" patch
    ** Can Konstantin ack again, if so can go into -rc1

* next-eventdev
  - Intel dlb2, reviews going on
    ** Rename to dlb2 -> dlb is ABI break, needs approval
       *** Also this may cause issue on LTS, dlb in LTS will be different than
	   dlb in latest release
       *** May hold rename until next LTS
  - Marvell CNXK postponed to -rc2
    ** Because of common code dependency
  - "eventdev crypto adapter" support, Abhinandan is reviewing
    ** There is an ABI discussion going on

* next-virtio
  - There is a hotfix for -rc1, a trivial issue
    ** Will go in directly to next-net
  - Remaining patches will be considered for -rc2
  - A vdpa patch rejected while pulling to main repo, since it breaks the build
    for Alpine Linux
    ** Need to communicate with Matan for it

* next-net-brcm
  - 2/3 fixes to send, but they are not critical, may wait -rc2

* next-net-intel
  - Progressing

* next-net-mlx
  - Progressing

* next-net-mrvl
  - CNXK net driver review is going on, may go into -rc2


* `v19.11.8-rc1` is out, please test
  - http://inbox.dpdk.org/dev/20210409074357.2499008-1-christian.ehrhardt@canonical.com/
  - The -rc is specifically to address meson build error

* `v20.11` (next version is `v20.11.2`)
  - Not much update at this stage


* Alpine Linux and musl libc should be tested by maintainers
  - We should add this to the CI but it is not there yet

* Latest DPDK fails to build on Fedora 34 (which will be released soon)
  - Kevin submitted Bugzilla defects for it
  - Possibly because of new gcc version
  - It is good idea to test with Fedora Rawhide

* fast test suit is failing for PPC without root access
  - There is a patch to fix it but there is no review

* There is a new security team member, working on security issues can continue
  after he ramped up

* Regular coverity scans are going on, and there are some coverity fixes
  already hit the mail list, please review/merge them

.DPDK Release Status Meetings
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progress or milestone dates.

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