Going the Distance: Mellanox Hackathon Spurs Innovation and Code Rules The Day


Mellanox recently held its 11th Software Hackathon in Mellanox Israel offices. As most know, Hackathons are essentially software writing contests. Creative engineers spend 48 hours, working around the clock, “hacking” (writing software) in a marathon fashion. Hackathons have become part of the Mellanox culture by enabling employees to innovate and drive their ideas from vision into reality. In Hackathons we have a saying: Code Wins. Code wins every argument and Code demonstrates feasibility and value of the invention. Over the past four years, engineers have had amazing opportunities to bring their ideas to life in Mellanox hackathons. As a result, we have enriched our product portfolio, improved our infrastructure, developed new inventions and established collaboration with partners on new innovative directions.

In this latest hackathon, Mellanox hosted 18 participating teams, which made it the largest hackathon record. We received amazing ideas; from containerized switch applications, improving resiliency and performance, simulators and prototyping, artificial intelligence, manageability and debug-ability, online training and so much more. Our MLNX-OS switch platform support for containerized applications facilitated multiple projects enabling value add applications to run inside the switch. Such applications can include manageability, protocols enhancements, telemetry, resiliency, debuggability, testability, tuning and more. We are also seeing trends of innovation around machine learning algorithms to boost our products and core infrastructure.

The winner was coding for a switch container application that boosts storage resiliency. In second place, was code for containerized MLNX-OS -. In third place, was an automatic storage management infrastructure and dynamic performance tuning. As hackathons are integral to Mellanox’s continual quest for innovation, we are already looking forward for the next successful hackathon!

About Dror Golderberg

Dror Goldenberg has served as Mellanox’s Vice President of Software Architecture since October 2013. Previously, he served as Vice President of Architecture from March 2010 to October 2013, where he was responsible for software, firmware and system architecture. Mr. Goldenberg joined Mellanox in 2000 as an architect, serving in numerous architecture and design positions. Prior to Mellanox, Mr. Goldenberg held various software development positions on an elite R&D team in the Israeli Defense Force. Mr. Goldenberg was a member of the Pentium MMX and Pentium 4 architecture validation teams at Intel. He contributed to the PCI and InfiniBand specifications and holds several patents in the field of high speed networking. Mr. Goldenberg graduated Cum Laude with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from the Technion Institute of Technology Israel.

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