Apache MXNet 1.8.0 is a minor release that includes backward compatible changes.
As MXNet follows semver, this release includes backwards-compatible fixes and new features only.

Discussion on the roadmap: https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/issues/18800

Release Managers:


Reference: MXNet 1.8.0 Roadmap

Upgrade oneDNN version to v1.6https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18867@bartekkuncerDone
BatchNorm performance improvement for axis!=1https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18676@stu1130Done
Users unable to create convolutional layers with large number of filters and large spatial kernel due to upper boundhttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18910@wkcnDone
Backward inference supporthttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18895@Kh4LDone
TensorRT-Gluon Partition API & TRT 7 Suppoerhttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18916@Kh4LDone
ONNX v1.7 supporthttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19017@josephevansDone
Stop packaging GPL libquadmath.sohttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19055Done
Change Partition API's options_map to std::unordered_maphttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18964@Kh4LDone
Support extra inputs for subgraph opshttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18894@samskalickyDone
Fix race condition in NaiveEngine::PushAsynchttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19122@szhaDone
Update CUB and include it only for CUDA < 11https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18975@Kh4L
TensorRT: add INT8 with calibrationhttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19011@Kh4L
Fix the error of gradient of np.padhttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19044@CassiniXuDone
Intgemm support (8-bit matrix multiply library for x86 CPUs)https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19099kpuatamazon
Update to thrust 1.9.8 on Windowshttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/18977@stu1130
Fix for duplicate subgraph inputs/outputshttps://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/16131@samskalicky
Add cmake flag USE_FATBIN_COMPRESSION, ON by default for CUDA >= 11https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet/pull/19123Done

Release Timeline

Following timeline is based on everything goes well.(Added some buffer time)

Code Freeze and release startTrack ongoing PRsSeptember 18th9/18
Cut the release branchCheck license headersSeptember 19th9/19

Make code changes with necessary version updates on v1.xSeptember 20th9/21#19196

Cut the release branchSeptember 21st9/19
Test the release and tag the releaseNightly test, Jenkins CISeptember 25th9/24

RAT checkSeptember 25th9/24

Tag RC0September 26th

Package artifacts and validateCreate release artifactsSeptember 26th

Validate release packageSeptember 26th

Test release packageSeptember 26th

Begin apache votingStart vote on dev@September 26th

Start vote on general@October 15th

Finalizing and posting the releaseCreate the final release tag on githubOctober 30th

Rename, resign and upload the src tar to final dirOctober 30th

Update the website using tagOctober 31st

Release the official pip packageNovember 1st

Release the official docker imagesNovember 1st

After 24 hrs, validate the packages are uploadedNovember 3rd

Draft the offical announce email and reviewNovember 3rd

Send out the email on announce@November 4th

Update the apache blogNovember 4th

Update the aws blogNovember 4th

Send internal announcementNovember 4th

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