Avi Alkobi

Director Ethernet Switching EMEA, Mellanox

Avi Alkobi is Director Ethernet Switching EMEA in Mellanox Technologies. For the past 8 years he has worked at Mellanox in various roles focusing on the Ethernet switch product line, first as a SW developer, then as a team leader of the infrastructure team responsible for the first Ethernet switch management infrastructure. More recently, he has worked as a senior application engineer supporting the field on post sales, pre sales and complex proof of concepts for E2E Ethernet and InfiniBand solutions. Before coming to Mellanox, he worked for five years at Comverse Technology and prior to this, in the Israeli security industry as a software developer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and M.B.A from the Bar-Ilan University in Israel.


Multi Tenant Networks for AI cloud with OpenStack

Networks for AI getting traction with workloads evolving for deep learning. Today’s AI networks needs high performance and needs all cloud related properties. On network side, the latest SDN revolution is centered on creating efficient virtualized data center networks using RDMA, VXLAN & EVPN. We will talk about AI network at the scale, performance, and cost advantages of using a modern controller-free virtualized network solution built on 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches with hardware based VXLAN Routing. We will explore the ease of automating such a network in an OpenStack environment and take you through a real world use case of using OpenStack Network Node bridging between a bare metal cloud (EVPN) and a fully virtualized cloud environments (orchestrated by Neutron).