Major known features and milestones may be noted here. This list is obviously neither complete nor guaranteed.
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.