Mellanox’s First Hackatop Has the Community Coding Their Way to the Top!

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On December 1-2, Mellanox held the first Networking and RDMA Hackathon, in Tel Aviv, the heart of our startup nation. Following the great success of our internal Hackathons, we decided to open our doors to startups, students, IDF technology units and more to join us and leverage our advanced network technologies to boost their applications. The event is codenamed: Hacaktop – Code Your Way to the Top, and its goal is to build community around advanced networking technologies and bindings between networking engineers and the community such that they can leverage these technology to obtain much better performance and scalability for various applications.

Following a pre-registration process, we elected 10 teams to participate in the event, offering projects in big data, streaming, storage, memory hierarchy, cloud and more. We offered them great atmosphere: plenty of food, great support from Mellanox teams, massage and surprises. And the teams coded throughout the night for about 25 hours of competition. Hackathon is a combination of hacking and marathon, and when it comes to software, it is amazing to see what people (that are in good shape) can code within ONE long day!

At the end of the competition, the teams presented the results to a panel of judges: Michael Kagan (CTO), Nimrod Gindi (Head of M&A), Amit Krig (VP Software) and Yifat Oron (CEO Leumitech). It was amazing to see how the teams learned the technologies overnight and what they managed to code over this short period of time.

Announcing the winning teams:

1st IBitTorrent – Peer to peer over RDMA – Oren Bar & Tali Messing  – won $10,000

2nd Cloud Manager – Holistic Approach to Cloud Management for DevOps – Arik Gelman & Miky Petrescu – won $5,000

3rd RPS – Memory Hierarchy – Remote Paging System using RDMA – Michael Lellouch, Daniel Engel & Ariel Tzentner – won $2,000

Other projects that participated:

  • Pixel – distributed image and stream processing using RDMA
  • RDMA Object Storage – extending Openstack Swift distributed object storage
  • Encryption middlebox using DPDK
  • Team Weka – distributed file system using RDMA and DPDK
  • Shabiah – remote memory analysis for debug and forensic using RDMA
  • OnOneLeg – scale out server processing using RDMA

Despite the heavy rain, we managed to run the event and had amazing surprises… in the middle of the night, Amir Ancel drove with Cash Cab to the hackathon, won the prize and brought Ido Rosenbloom to the hackathon arena. In the morning, a bride and a groom struggling with the rain trying to shoot their wedding album, came in for shooting in our great hackathon ambience.

Following the great success we are looking forward to the next Hackatop!

I would like to thank the amazing team that made this event happen and made it a big success:

Oron Yifat , Nimrod Gindi, Michael Kagan, Amit Krig, Igor Braginsky, Erez Cohen, Alexander Fridman, Yanna Luft, Maor Goldfarb, Udi Weinstein, Vladik Arshanski, Yael Greenberg,  Artemiy Kosenko, Tzahi Oved, Elad Raz, Liran Liss, Haggai Eran, Aviad Yehezkel, Ahmad Omary, Amir Ancel, Alex Rosenbaum, Liel Shoshan, Natali Shechtman, Yongseok Koh, Majd Dibbiny, Oren Duer, Arik Kol, Dotan Barak, Alex Margolin, Sagi Schlanger, Gideon Naim, Max Gurtovoy, Idan Burstein, Lior Narkis, Gideon Rosenberg, Hila Cherny, Tziporet Koren, Gilad Shainer, Moshe Gelliss, Idan Jakobovich, Ziv Almog, Yael Slabezki, Yael Weizman, Brian Klaff, Kevin Deierling, Ninette Cheng, Julie Dibene, Jeff Bowker, Einat Zuk, Maayan Feldman, Adi Amiel ,  Oshrat Sabag, Inbar Sheich, Natali Bauman, Alex Shinbach, Guy Graider, Shahar Abekasis and whoever else I missed. Special thanks to Diana Sharouf that worked around the clock to make this event happen!

About Dror Goldenberg

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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