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From Sheng Zha <szha....@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Discussing plans for next MXNet releases
Date Wed, 03 Apr 2019 01:38:56 GMT
Hi Hagay,

Thanks for taking the initiative. The proposed scope in this thread is in
my opinion too large to fit in a single thread, so I'd suggest that we
start separate threads for each individual release item. To elaborate on
the reasons based on each individual item:
- For 1.4.1 which is in the wiki page draft, I'd suggest refraining from
adding new features there since patch release should be about bug fixes.
- For 1.5, there are efforts such as AMP and general improvement for fp16
support in operators, quantization efforts, etc., that should be included.
I may have a bit more context on this so I'm happy to help initiate the
discussion.
- For 2.0, I think it would be more of a roadmap discussion at this stage.

I hope this makes sense. Would you mind starting a thread focusing on 1.4.1
patch release?

-sz


On Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 5:06 PM Hagay Lupesko <lupesko@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear MXNet community,
>
> I wanted to initiate a discussion about the plan and scope for the next
> MXNet releases.
> I suggest we focus on three releases, and get the process going in
> parallel:
> (1) 1.4.1 - patch release on top of 1.4.0 to address some perf regressions
> and memory leaks I am aware of, such as the memory leak fixed on Scala [0
> <https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/14586>]. I went ahead and
> created a draft release proposal wiki [1
> <
> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/MXNET/%5BDRAFT+PROPOSAL%5D+Apache+MXNet+%28incubating%29+1.4.1+Release+Plan+and+Status
> >
> ].
> (2) 1.5.0 - a minor release to add new features introduced since 1.4.0
> release started (back in Nov 2018!), such as various performance
> improvements: aggregate SGD, in-place updates in optimizers, gpu support
> for image processing operators and many more features useful for MXNet’s
> users.
> (3) 2.0 - an exciting major release that will include major enhancements to
> MXNet.
>
> Timeframes will probably vary based on the scope. I think we should plan to
> start 1.4.1 release within a couple of weeks, 1.5.0 should target starting
> once we release 1.4.1, and 2.0 timeline is TBD - but such a major release
> will require more time to discuss and decide in the community.
>
> I was thinking to get started through:
> (1) Draft proposals on CWiki, where the community can add content and
> propose scope and features.
> (2) Setup online meetings, where anyone can dial into, from anywhere, where
> we will have a chance to discuss in voice+video.
> (3) With (1)+(2) have a scope and timeline that the community, in large,
> supports.
>
> Would be great to get the community's feedback and suggestions, and please
> reply if you would like to be involved in the effort of supporting the
> releases!
>
> MXNet is awesome, looking forward to working together to make it even
> better!
> Hagay
>
> [0] https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/14586
> [1]
>
> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/MXNET/%5BDRAFT+PROPOSAL%5D+Apache+MXNet+%28incubating%29+1.4.1+Release+Plan+and+Status
>

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