In Addition to Martin Thompson who has been driving the initial phase the following people have been talking to us and will hopefully want to talk more as time goes by.
Martin is a high-performance and low-latency specialist, with experience gained over two decades working with large scale transactional and big-data domains, including automotive, gaming, financial, mobile, and content management. He believes Mechanical Sympathy – applying an understanding of the hardware to the creation of software – is fundamental to delivering elegant, high-performance, solutions. Martin was the co-founder and CTO of LMAX, until he left to specialise in helping other people achieve great performance with their software. The Disruptor concurrent programming framework is just one example of what his mechanical sympathy has created.
Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, professor, consultant, architect, executive and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation; which provides virtual CTO and CEO, business mentoring and seed investment to emerging companies. Recently formed Bedarra Research Labs undertakes speculative research on applications of emerging software technologies.Dave is best known as the founder and past CEO and president ofObject Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs)and led the commercial introduction of object and component technology.The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technologycompany.He was also the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAgeSmalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the initialwork on popular multi-language Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the useof virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping thefirst commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in theestablishment of IBM’s Pervasive computing efforts and in particularthe Java tooling.
Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University, and the University Of Queensland and is widely published in the software engineering literature. He is a popular humorous albeit opinionated keynote speaker. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, Evolve, and Agile Development Conference, Agile/XP Universe and OOPSLA Onward. He is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and most recently a founder of Open Augment Consortium. Dave writes expert columns in Otland Online in Germany, and the Journal Of Object Technology in Switzerland where he also serves on the editorial board.
Chuck Ocheret, Founder and CEO of ReadyPosition, is a 25+ year veteran of software engineering in the finance, multimedia, and scientific industries, working on software development methodologies, high bandwidth computing, and agile infrastructure. Chuck has run technology, architecture, and development in areas ranging from low-latency trading to big data to client and market connectivity, for some of the most successful high volume trading operations in the world.
Chuck was the original implementor of the auction systems at WR Hambrecht+Co, including OpenIPO, which was the central process for the IPO’s of companies like Peet’s Coffee,Overstock.COM, and Google. He was a key contributor to Morgan Stanley’s A+ programming language, one of the first projects open sourced by a financial institution http://aplusdev.org.
Chuck holds a B.E.S. in BioMedical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Andrew C. Oliver
Andrew C. Oliver has more than 10 years experience in the Open Source Software. He was a lead developer for JBoss, Inc. He founded the POI project for the Apache Foundation. He is a board observer and member of the Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org). Over the years Andrew has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has provided training, course development and consulting services for some of the leading Open Source companies, both nationally and internationally. He has also been a contributing writer and blogger for publications such as O’Reilly OnJava and Red Hat Magazine. Mr. Oliver presently heads the already successful start-up Open Software Integrators, LLC which delivers professional services for Open Source companies and as well as Enterprise Java consulting and training.
Todd L. Montgomery
Todd L. Montgomery is Vice President of Architecture for the Messaging Business Unit of 29West, now part of Informatica. As the chief architect of Informatica’s Messaging Business Unit, Todd is responsible for the design and implementation of the Ultra Messaging product family which has over 170 production deployments within the financial services sector. In the past, Todd has held architecture positions at TIBCO and Talarian as well as research and lecture positions at West Virginia University, contributed to the IETF, and performed research for NASA in various software fields. With a deep background in messaging systems, reliable multicast, network security, congestion control, and software assurance, Todd brings a unique perspective tempered by 20 years of practical development experience.
Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking executive leadership roles around open source. He worked with OSI standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems. A Director of the Open Source Initiative and the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in Free and Open Source software, serving at OpenSolaris, OpenJDK and OpenSPARC, and is a widely read commentator at Computerworld and his own Webmink blog.He holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Open Forum Academy.
Dr Simon Peyton-Jones
Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998. His main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He has led a succession of research projects focused around the design and implementation of production-quality functional-language systems for both uniprocessors and parallel machines. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.
Gil Tene is CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems. He has been involved with virtual machine technologies for the past 20 years and has been building Java technology-based products since 1995. Gil pioneered Azul’s Continuously Concurrent Compacting Collector (C4), Java Virtualization, Elastic Memory, and various managed runtime and systems stack technologies that combine to deliver the industry’s most scalable and robust Java platforms.In 2006 he was named one of the Top 50 Agenda Setters in the technology industry by Silicon.com. Prior to co-founding Azul, Gil held key technology positions at Nortel Networks, Shasta Networks and at Check Point Software Technologies, where he delivered several industry-leading traffic management solutions including the industry’s first Firewall-1 based security appliance. He architected operating systems for Stratus Computer, clustering solutions at Qualix/Legato, and served as an officer in the Israeli Navy Computer R and D unit. Gil holds a BSEE from The Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and has been awarded 27 patents in computer-related technologies.
Kevin has over 20 year’s experience of working within financial markets technology including Citigroup and HSBC.
Kevin helped to establish the FIX protocol in Europe. His first FIX engine was given away as a learning aid that helped many enterprises further their knowledge of FIX. Kevin is the designer of the FIX Repository for FIX Protocol Limited, Co-chairs the Global Technical Committee, and is an active member of the Global Steering Committee.
A recognised innovator in financial technology, with over 25 years experience in management, trading, technology, large technology project management, and venture investing. Former head of trading, sales and e-commerce for HSBC Asia-Pacific. Successful track record in angel and venture investing in financial technology, and in high frequency trading, stat-arb and quantitative/arbitrage trading and liquidity management infrastructure and financial CRM projects. Ken has an MBA from John Cass Business School and a BA in economics from Nottingham.
Mike O’Hara is a veteran of the Capital Markets industry, having started his career in the mid-1980′s as a junior trader for UBS, in the Gilt Options pit on the LIFFE floor. Describing himself as more of a geek than a trader, he spent most of the 1990′s working for technology vendor SunGard, before leaving to set up the UK operations of software firms Iris Investment Support Systems and Alysis Technologies. Since 2002, he has run his own consultancy, providing business development services to financial technology firms. He set up the High Frequency Trading Review in early 2010, which has gone on to become one of the top-ranked websites for information related to HFT and algo trading.