Mellanox HackaTOP 2016
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ABOUT

 

Software and networking – if you have ideas that can change the world, you belong in the Networking and RDMA Hackathon! For the first time, we are hosting our hackathon in Tel Aviv. We are opening our competition to students, startups, and  IDF technology units that have the passion for software and networking, to hack ideas that will make applications scale better and run faster. Join us, code throughout the night, and enjoy the great atmosphere. Get the chance to win amazing prizes!

NETWORKING IS THE HEART OF THE DATA CENTER

 

Deep Learning, Storage, Big Data, Cloud, NFV, Trading, Security, and High Performance Computing rely on efficient data center networks to scale out and perform. Beyond low-latency and speeds of 25, 50 and 100 gigabit per second, advanced network features bring RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) capabilities, DPDK (Data Plane Developer Kit), and more offloads.

RDMA

 

RDMA is a state-of-the-art networking technology that moves data with extreme efficiency. RDMA enables high bandwidth, low-latency, zero copy, high message rate, and network resident semaphores, all with very low CPU utilization. RDMA maximizes application I/O and enables the best possible return on investment.

DPDK

 

DPDK enables efficient packet processing in user mode at extreme speeds.

JOIN US

For the first Networking and RDMA Hackathon in Tel Aviv to unleash application I/O performance and scalability. Participating teams will utilize advanced networking features and optimize performance and scaling for applications. The Hackathon competition is open for startups, academics, and IDF technology units.

JUDGES

PRIZES

First prize: $10,000

Second prize: $5,000

Third prize: $2,000

TIMELINE AND MILESTONES

October 9th- Registration opens

November 22nd – Registration closes

November 24th – Acceptance notification 

December 1-2 – Hackathon event

THE VENUE

The Old Jaffa Train Station (HaTachana) on HaMered St. in Tel Aviv - Free parking

 

FAQ

IS MY IDEA A GOOD FIT?

 

Think about scale-out data center applications. Think about efficiency. Think about performance.

If you have the right recipe, if your idea can rock the boat, then you’re on!

You can use open source projects, or code that you developed before the Hackathon as a baseline. However, you will be scored only on code written during the Hackathon. Taking existing applications and making them perform and scale is invaluable, as this will enhance the data centers and clouds of tomorrow!

We recommend (but are NOT limiting) the competition to areas of innovation in the following fields: Big Data, Deep Learning, NFV, Trading, Security, Storage, and High-Performance Computing.

TEAMS AND ACCEPTANCE

 

The Hackathon hosts teams of up to 5 people. Each team, including a list of team members, should be registered for the event. Only teams that have registered will be able to attend the event. After your team has registered, you may still modify your application by resubmitting the form and indicating that you are overwriting your previous registration.

Submissions will be evaluated for quality and suitability by an admission committee which will decide whether the idea will advance to the Hackathon.You will receive notice of the committee’s decision one week prior to the event via email.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Innovation – project’s originality in terms of idea and implementation

Product Potential – project’s real implementation value, usefulness and sustainability

Presentation – impression from team presentation and demo

Execution – how much was actualized within the Hackathon dev cycle

Complexity – Extra credit for more complicated implementations

 

*Note that not all the criteria carry the same significance.

WHAT TO BRING?

Bring your laptop, mouse, keyboard, and monitor. We’ll bring the rest!

Great atmosphere and food are provided throughout the event. You may remotely connect to any computing resources located on the cloud. We will also provide Virtual Machines running on Mellanox CloudX for teams to use throughout the Hackathon. The CloudX VMs will be RDMA and DPDK enabled and will run Linux operating system (CentOS 7.2 or Ubuntu 14.04.).

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT DPDK & RDMA?

You can learn more about RDMA through the Mellanox Academy Fundamentals of RDMA Programming (free course-registration required). This online course offers an innovative training experience, with short, focused videos, interactive quizzes and hands-on exercises designed to help you acquire the technical skills for programming RDMA-based applications. The RDMA Programming User Manual) and the Verbs Tutorial Slides) are also available for your disposal.

To learn more about DPDK, please see the DPDK landing page at Mellanox.com

For more advanced reading on the topic, please see the Mellanox Community.

EVENT DETAILS

Thursday, December 1st​

9:00AM Starting

Friday, December 2nd 

2:00PM Ending

 

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