On 4/6/18 7:24 AM, Marco Varlese wrote:
It is a very sad and shocking news.
Venky was a visioner, a scientist whilst being a humble and kind person.
He has been a mentor to me and it has been a true privilige to get to
know him and work with him.
I am sure he'll be missed and remembered by so many people in our
May he rest in peace.
On Thu, 2018-04-05 at 18:36 +0000, St Leger, Jim wrote:
Several of you have already heard the very sad news of the passing of
our dear friend and colleague Venky. He was “Mr. DPDK” to many, a
nod to his invention and creation of DPDK about ten years ago (before
it was called DPDK.) Of course his footprints across the industry
and literally across the globe are everywhere. If you know what ATCA
is, well, Venky had his hands and inventions deeply into the creation
of that PICMG spec and many of the first revision products. He
touched on and gave guidance to projects spanning Linux/netdev, DPDK,
Intel QuickAssist Technology, BSD stacks, OVS, OPNFV, FD.io,
all-things-virtualization (KVM, Xen, VMware, Hyper-V, etc.), ETSI,
IETF, containers, and so many other arenas that my brain can’t
remember at this dark moment.
If you knew him and engaged him, especially on deep technical
discussions, you knew you were talking to someone with the rare
combination of skills that went incredibly deep both on the hardware,
silicon side of platforms but also on the software, networking side
of the platforms. Rarely did I find a topic that Venky wasn’t well
versed on. And by “topic” I mean everything from football to
photography to history to politics and many other subjects well
beyond the technical realm our day jobs find us in. Conversations
with Venky were a treat. Traveling with him was an adventure.
Debating with him was a lesson. I will so miss all of him.
Below are some details on a memorial service this Sunday in Oregon
and also a GoFundMe page. If you’re in Oregon or close by please join
the service. Venky left behind a wife, Priya, and two young girls,
Adhiti and Namrata. While I’m sure they are overwhelmed with sadness
and grief at the moment they can use our support. Please consider
supporting the GoFundMe memorial fund for his family.
Lastly, my network extends through this distribution list. But
Venky’s network was one hundred times broader. Please share this sad
news through your own networks.
*From:* A message from Sandra Rivera
*Sent:* Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:58 AM
*Subject:* Follow-up: A loss for our NPG organization
We have an update on the memorial service plans in celebration of
Venky Venkatesan’s life.
The service will be held on Sunday, April 8^th at our Jones Farm
Conference Center (JFCC) in Hillsboro, OR from 2-4PM, and is open to
all who would like to join.
Venky’s family will plan to attend, as well as friends and others who
have worked closely with him over the years.Please note that this is
not an Intel-sponsored event and therefore any travel or expenses
related to attending need to be managed personally.
Many of you have asked about donations, and we have helped setup a
GoFundMe account for his family which will be used to fund
scholarships for his children.
If you have any questions about the service, please contact *Udayan
Thank you all very much for your support during this difficult time.
*From:* A message from Sandra Rivera
*Sent:* Tuesday, April 3, 2018 9:34 PM
*Subject:* A loss for our NPG organization
Today is a very sad day for our NPG team and Intel. Our dear friend
and colleague, Venky Venkatesan, passed away early morning today
after a tough battle with cancer.
Aside from his deep contributions to the organization, Venky provided
technical mentorship to many employees and greatly impacted our
technical leadership pipeline.
On a personal level, Venky was very dedicated to his family and also
cared deeply about mentoring the next generation of engineers and
scientists through efforts like coaching robotics teams and providing
guidance to many interns and Intel employees. His passion, dedication
and commitment to this organization, Intel, and the external
community will be greatly missed.
We will let you know as soon as more information is available for
Venky’s memorial/celebration service.
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