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Presentation: "Progressive Architectures at The Royal Bank of Scotland"

Track: Architectures you've always wondered about / Time: Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 / Location: Mountbatten Room

When it comes to technology, banks have historically taken a conservative stance, often only adopting newer architectures & technologies when there have been immediate business-led drivers. However recent times have brought with them demands for rapid data access over much larger data sets and huge increases in computational complexity. This has lead to the adoption of new ways of designing & implementing systems, looking to some of the leading-edge technologies that have previously been the preserve of the Googles and the Facebooks. This session explores Risk Analytics with HDFS and the movement from message based architectures to high performance, real time datastores as the conglomerate of disconnected systems coalesces towards a single global architecture.

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Benjamin Stopford, Specialist in HPC technologies

Benjamin Stopford

Biography: Benjamin Stopford

Ben Stopford is a specialist in HPC technologies with experience at several investment banks and at Thoughtworks. He has a number of publications and speaking engagements to his name covering Software Process, Mock-Driven Development, Oracle Coherence and Distributed Data Management. He currently leads development of ODC; a distributed data technology that sits at the core of RBS’s data architecture. You can find more about him at http://www.benstopford.com

Farzad Pezeshkpour, Head of Architecture and Engineering for Risk Technology at RBS

Farzad Pezeshkpour

Biography: Farzad Pezeshkpour

Farzad is Head of Architecture and Engineering for Risk Technology at RBS. He has been an architect and engineer of trading and risk platforms at RBS and Deutsche Bank. Prior to investment banks, he worked for some years in 3D animation and real-time motion capture and the Defence sector.

Mark Atwell, Head of Software Engineering for Risk & Finance Technology at RBS

Mark Atwell

Biography: Mark Atwell

Mark Atwell is Head of Software Engineering for Risk & Finance Technology at RBS. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer at JP Morgan and one of the founding designers of AMQP. He has worked at several financial companies, but in the dim and distant past on combat simulators and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM).