Mellanox Hosts 2nd USA Open Hackathon

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We recently hosted the 2nd USA Open Hackathon. Hackathons are becoming tradition here at Mellanox – this represents our 8th software Hackathon. To those of you who wonder what Hackathon is, it is a software writing competition, where innovative and talented engineers bring their ideas to life within a short period of time of intensive coding and debugging. A Hackathon is a combination of Hacking and Marathon coding, and when it comes to software, it is amazing to see what great people can code just in ONE long day!  At the end of the competition, each team presents a working demo of their product. Some of these prototypes are likely to become products, open source projects, internal tools, patents and can some can lead to further collaboration with our partners.

This Hackathon was really successful. We developed ten great new projects.  Five different sites within the US participated: Boston, Knoxville, Sunnyvale, NY and Austin, with additional individuals from Russia and Israel joining in remotely. We covered almost all of Mellanox products: ConnectX®, Spectrum™ and Bluefield™. The ideas included a lot of work on debugging, diagnostics and visibility into where the pain-points are for our customers and developers. Other ideas also included adding RDMA support for applications and infrastructure and other innovations around our products.

Our great software team is growing worldwide and I am really proud to be part of this team!


The winning teams:

  • 1st Place: 
    • Team: Parav Pandit, Daniel Jurgens, Ori Golan – Austin
  • 2nd Place: 
    • Team: Eitan Rabin, Ariel Levkovich, Etai Plushnick – New York
  • 3rd place: 
    • Team: Bodong Wang, Huy Nguyen, Sunil Sudhakar Rani – Austin
  • 3rd place
    • Team: Yuval Degani, Vu Pham, Matthew Finlay – Sunnyvale


Many thanks for everyone on the Mellanox team that made ithis latest Hackathon possible: Jennie Nguyen, Sandy Bowman, Natalia Kent, Howard Yuen, Leong Ng, Desi Torres, Ken Jensen, Jeff Bowker, and special thanks to Diana Sharouf for making it a successful event.



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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