National Engineers Week takes place this year from March 2nd – 8th. The week-long festival of nationwide events, of which Intel is a proud supporter, celebrates the world of engineering. To coincide with Engineers Week, Intel Ireland will this week share our #IAMANENGINEER campaign which captures the diverse and dynamic world of engineering through the eyes of a number of different Intel engineers. Next in the series is Marko Kovacevic, a Software Engineer, who speaks about his role at Intel.
My job involves writing software for the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) project. DPDK is an open source project for high speed networking. Many other companies contribute to this project alongside Intel.
I am mainly responsible for delivering software features into DPDK. The features are either customer requests or Intel requests. The feature must be coded and added into the DPDK Software Package. The work is exciting and it helps people around the world to create other software projects. DPDK is an open source project, meaning that it can be downloaded by anyone in the world to read or use, or even to contribute back into.
I have the opportunity to work with many different kinds of apps which help increase the efficiency and performance of my code. This in turn accelerates networking on Intel chips. What I love most about my job is that I get to work with a diverse team of individuals, and every day I learn about new technologies. I spend most of my working day solving problems. It’s very rewarding to go home every evening feeling that I have solved a new problem.
When I was in school, my favourite subjects were woodwork and geography, not engineering related, surprisingly. However, I always had a keen interest in computers and gaming, so I decided to become a computer engineer. I went on to study Computer and Electronic Engineering in GMIT, and did my internship with Intel. I was then offered a permanent position on graduation.
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