At Mellanox, we understand that it is not just about spotting a good opportunity, success is all about the execution, if you don’t act you’ve missed out.
So when we had the opportunity to host some of the smartest people we know to solve real datacenter networking problems with our BlueField SmartNIC well…you guessed it: we took it.
BlueField brings an amazing array of opportunities to reshape the datacenter and cloud of the future. With the Smart NIC and with the Appliance we can host more services in the SoC and bring more intelligence into the network. BlueField is the place to run and accelerate applications like security, Software Defined Networking, Software Defined Storage, Artificial Intelligence and more. Bringing such solutions to the broad market requires an ecosystem and partnerships to develop new applications and middleware.
On Jan 24-25, 2019, we opened our doors and welcomed our partners to join the BlueField Hackathon in Tel Aviv “Can You Field IT?” We had great participation of talented software engineers from Technion and Ben Gurion universities, Israeli startups like Weka.io and Gigaspaces, technology units from the Israeli Defense Forces and well established tech companies like Amdocs and DellEMC. We also had guests from research institutes in the Netherlands, making the trip all the way to Israel to grab the opportunity and join our hackathon.
The teams coded day and night, around the clock. Between compilations and debug, the teams enjoyed great atmosphere, delicious food and snacks, midnight massages and took a ride in a virtual sports car “Can You Field The Speed?”. Mellanox mentors from Software Architecture, Senior Software Developers, Support Engineers, Testing, QA and Product Managers supported the participants helping them to succeed throughout all the phases of their development. At the end of the development session, we moved to Demo Time, where the teams presented all the projects to the judging team. The judges included: Udi Weinstein – Mellanox CIO, Amir Fridman – Western Digital Senior Director Corporate Development and Capital Investments and Dror Goldenberg – Mellanox VP of Software Architecture.
The winning projects:
Prizes included iPhone-XR, Sony PS4 and noise canceling Bluetooth headphones
We continue to drive the innovation and build the ecosystem and partnership around BlueField and the various Mellanox technologies. The BlueField Hackathon was an amazing opportunity to see creative smart people coming together to create the technology of the future. Looking forward to the next hackathon!
If you don’t want to miss out on a great opportunity for your datacenter, learn more about Mellanox BlueField SmartNIC.