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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

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.

Presentation: Where does Big Data meet Big Database?

Track: Big Data and NoSQL / Time: Friday 11:50 - 12:50 / Location: Mountbatten Room

The NoSQL and Big Data movements are a pragmatic response to handling huge quantities of data. These have been an unexpected disruption to a field steeped in long lines of academic heritage. Are these upstarts really defining a new era or simply signalling a need to realign more traditional approaches? This talk looks at the Big Data movement from both angles, reflecting on a future of complementary evolution.