Releasing VisIt

Schedule

A new version of VisIt is typically released every 3 months, with a patch release usually following a month later. The patch release is used to fix any serious bugs that were discovered in the previous VisIt release.

Who decides/when

The release schedule is determined by the VisIt project lead at LLNL, with input from VisIt developers at various sites.

Procedure

Deciding what goes in a release

Tracking what is targeted for a release

Ensuring completion

The code is finished when

Updating the code version

Release candidate branch

Release notes created

GUI Translations updated

Coordinating with porting developers

Finalizing

Installing a release

Updating the VisIt Web site

Adding what's new

Adding source/binary distributions

Creating check sum files

Testing a release

Procedure

Set of features that must work on all platforms