[vtkusers] [vtk-developers] VTK Roadmap
berk.geveci at kitware.com
Tue Jun 30 16:24:17 EDT 2015
Yup. Python 3 is now on the roadmap. Probably the first release after 7,
in a few months.
On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM, David Gobbi <david.gobbi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 12:47 PM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett at gmail.com>
>> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:58 AM, Berk Geveci <berk.geveci at kitware.com>
>> > Hi folks,
>> > As Dave DeMarle mentioned, we are gearing towards a VTK 6.3 release.
>> VTK 7
>> > will follow very shortly (in weeks). I'd like to shed some light here
>> on our
>> > thinking and how we are planning to move forward.
>> > As was previously discussed in the VTK developers list  , we are
>> > considering maintaining VTK 6.x for a long time (3-5 years) while moving
>> > forward with VTK 7 and 8 in 2015 and 2016. There are some major changes
>> > happening in the computing and C++ worlds and we would like evolve VTK
>> > quickly to stay up to date. Some of the major changes that we are
>> > considering and/or working on are:
>> > * Major refactoring of rendering (OpenGL as well as ray tracing etc.)
>> > * Multi/many-core support / SMP computing on CPUs and accelerators.
>> > integration .
>> > * Changes to data model to support zero copy interface to other data
>> > layouts, more efficient APIs, more cell types, more dataset types etc.
>> > * Better separation of a public, wrapped API and toolkit/C++ internal
>> > mainly to support efficiency
>> > * Introduction of C++ 11 features
>> > Much of this will require introducing changes that break backwards
>> > compatibility and also require newer compilers, graphics cards / drivers
>> > etc. So the idea is that we will do our best to support as much as
>> > a broad set of architectures and backwards compatibility but break
>> > when necessary in VTK 7 and beyond. We will maintain VTK 6.x so that
>> > that are stuck on legacy systems or code bases can continue to benefit
>> > bug fixes. We have a way of continuing to maintain a broad set of
>> > and also the same review process as VTK master so that we can continue
>> > ensure the quality of VTK 6.x as well as new releases.
>> > What do you guys think? Please provide feedback so that we can adjust
>> > plans to meet the needs of the community as much as possible.
>> I would like to put in a humble plea to add Python 3 compatibility to
>> that list:
> Python 3 is being worked on (right now by me, and others can join in a
> couple weeks once the core pieces are in place). No, it won't be part of
> 6.3, however.
> - David
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