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{{% notice info %}}
Major known features and milestones may be noted here.
This is not a commitment but plan of work.
This list is obviously neither complete nor guaranteed.
{{% /notice %}}

### Version 20.02 (2020 February) {#2002}

- rte_flow actions for mirroring and multicast
- Arm WFE/SEV instructions in spinlock and ring library
- integrate RCU library with LPM and hash libraries
- lock-free l3fwd algorithms
- eventdev examples in l3fwd and ipsec-secgw
- OCTEON TX2 inline IPsec using rte_security
- rte_security improved performance for IPsec with software crypto
- regexdev
- template based ring API
- UBSan in build

### Nice to have - Future {#future}
----
- multi-process rework
- automatic UIO/VFIO binding
- infiniband driver class (ibdev)
- default configuration from files
- generic white/blacklisting
- libedit integration

### Cycle model {#cycle}
----
A typical release should be done after 3 months.

It is designed to allow DPDK to keep evolving at a rapid pace while
giving enough opportunity to review, discuss and improve the contributions.

The merge window will open once the previous release is complete.
First version of a new feature must be submitted before the proposal deadline.
Features that miss this first period will be deferred until the next release.

Updated versions of patches (v2, v3, etc.) will be submitted to address comments.
The new features must be properly reviewed, tested and accepted before the
integration deadline. Otherwise, they will be postponed to the next releases.

At the end of the merge window, the first release candidate is out.

The last period is 1 month long and is dedicated to bug fixing.

### Scheduling {#dates}
----

#### 20.02

- Proposal deadline: December 11, 2019
- Integration deadline: January 15, 2020
- Release: February 14, 2020

#### 20.05

- Release: May 2020

#### 20.08

- Release: August 2020

#### 20.11

- Release: November 2020

### Stable Releases {#stable}
----
There is a documentation page describing the
[guidelines of the stable releases](//doc.dpdk.org/guides/contributing/stable.html).

Stable point releases follow mainline releases.

After each -rc tag and after the final version, relevant bug fixes get
backported by the stable maintainers into the respective branches in "bursts".

Developers can provide stable-specific patches by sending them
to stable@dpdk.org only (avoiding dev@dpdk.org).

After all the relevant bugfixes have been backported,
regression tests are run, and if clear, the stable release is announced.

Typically a new stable release version follows a mainline release
by 1-2 weeks, depending on the test results.

| Current version | Next version  | Next version Date | End of life | Maintainer     |
|----------|----------|-------------------|---------------------|--------------------|
| 17.11.9  | 17.11.10 | December 2019     | December 2019 (LTS) | Luca Boccassi      |
| 18.11.5  | 18.11.6  | January 2020      | November 2020 (LTS) | Kevin Traynor      |
| 19.08.2  | -        | -                 | December 2019       | Kevin Traynor      |
| 19.11.0  | 19.11.1  | March 2020        | November 2021 (LTS) | Luca Boccassi      |