Mozilla Jetpack Contest 0.5: Winner Declared

Mozilla Jetpack Contest declared their winner for Jetpack 0.5. Alexander Miltsev, the declared winner, did much more than just develop an add-on for Firefox. Alexander created a script which uses the GPU to process large amounts of data. His work has been marked as creative and unusual. Through his work, Mozilla will be able to deliver a high-performance browser in Firefox, which will use the available GPU processing power as well.


[ The Jetpack is a Mozilla Labs project which allows people with knowledge of basic web-technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS to make Firefox add-ons. ]

Alexander’s add-on was named jetpack to CUDA. Clearly evident from the name, it uses the CUDA parallel computing architecture to perform complex calculations and computations a lot faster than the CPU. CUDA supports C, C++ and Fortran. This makes it a widely accepted architecture. CUDA enabled GPUs are present on .1 billion+ computers worldwide. The add-on will be a breakthrough in Firefox addon development and open doors to possibilities of richer design elements on web-pages.

The runner-ups creations included Google translate related add-ons, add-ons related to live editing of pages and many more.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.