Track: Low latency trading


Day of week:

The 'race to zero' continues. Join us to learn about the latest tecniques being deployed to optimise order routing and execution.

Track Host:
John Davies
Co-founder and CTO of C24
OMG, 30 years in technology! Hardware, assembler, C, C++ and almost 20 years of Java. From head of trading technology to global head of architecture in large investment banks, now co-founder and CTO of C24. Founded in 2000, sold to NASDAQ’s Iona Technologies in 2007 and bought back in 2011, C24 is an integration company working mainly in the investment banking world with standards like FIX, FpML, ISO-20022 and SWIFT. For the last year C24 has been developing a new binding technology (SDO’s) that compacts messages in memory by as much as 50 times with no loss of performance, it’s already being used in the telco world to parse at over a million messages a second.
1:20pm - 2:10pm

by Richard Kasperowski
QCon Open Space Facilitator

Open Space

Join John Davies, our speakers, and other attendees for the Low Latency Open Space.

What is Open Space?

Every day at QCon London, we’ll open space five times, once for each track. Open Space is a kind of unconference, a simple way to run productive meetings for 5 to 2000 or more people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization in everyday practice and extraordinary change.



2:30pm - 3:20pm

by Gil Tene
CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems

Dynamically optimized environments present unique challenges for trading systems. Dynamic optimizations give us faster code, but can also bring temporary slowdowns, often at the worst possible times. After GC complaints, the most common issues we hear about in Java-based trading systems have to do with "warmup" behavior and de-optimization slowdowns. These seem to predictably hit just as the market opens, resulting in slow trades when speed matters most.


In this talk,...

3:40pm - 4:30pm

by John Davies
Co-founder and CTO of C24

The term “Low latency” is relative, for some it’s measured in microseconds but when you get to the serious end you’re down to 2-3 microseconds using FPGA cards on co-hosted machines, not Java or even C/C++. Java can however operate comfortably in the sub-microsecond arena if you lean it out.


One of the quickest wins is reducing object allocation and garbage collection. With a few simple changes to you code you can make huge differences to the way it works...

4:50pm - 5:40pm

by Martin Thompson
High Performance & Low Latency Specialist

Does TCP not meet your required latency consistently? Is UDP not reliable enough? Do you need to multicast? What about flow control, congestion control, and a means to avoid head of line blocking that can be integrated with the application? Or perhaps you're just fascinated by how to design for the cutting edge of performance? Maybe you have tried higher level messaging products and found they are way too complicated because of the feature bloat driven by product marketing cycles. Aeron...


Covering innovative topics

Wednesday, 4 March

  • Architecture Improvements

    Next gen architecture, Arch over the full lifecycle, Bleeding edge tech in legacy, Cognitive biases in architecture, Evolving Architecture.

  • Big Data Frameworks, Architectures, and Data Science

    As big data tools and architectures continue to evolve, how do you architect and select technologies that work now but are also future-proof?

  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery: Code Beyond the Dev Team

    As infrastructure becomes as malleable as code, a unified approach from reqs to ops is needed to deliver promised breakthroughs.

  • Engineering Culture

    The best teams and companies talk about how to create amazing engineering cultures.

  • Java - Not Dead Yet

    Java is evolving to meet developer and business needs, from lambdas in Java 8 to built-in support for money types rumoured for Java 9.

  • Mind Matters at Work

    How theories from neuroscience and psychology can help us better understand IT professionals and discover what really motivates them.

Thursday, 5 March

  • Docker, containers and application portability

    People building stuff for and with containers showing why application portability is important, and what can be done with expanding ecosystems.

  • Evolving agile

    Reflecting on and learning from successes and failures in applying agile approaches since the creation of the Agile Manifesto and exploring ways of applying agile practices to increase business value.

  • HTML and JS Today

    The state of the art in web technologies. What is important to know and why?

  • Internet of Things

    What software devs need to know to design and build for instrumented environments and reactive things, what new issues and questions it raises.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    How modern CS helps you tackle today's problems.

  • Reactive Architecture

    How to create reactive systems is more than simply learning a framework. Thinking in a reactive way helps you to design responsive architectures.

  • The Go Language

    The Go Language - Concurrency, Performance, Systems Programming.

Friday, 6 March

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Get a rare look behind the scenes and get to see the architectures of the most well-known sites with the least known architectures.

  • Low latency trading

    The 'race to zero' continues. Join us to learn about the latest tecniques being deployed to optimise order routing and execution.

  • Open source in finance

    Financial services have changed from OS as cost-saving to a competitive weapon. See open source projects that are disrupting the finance industry.

  • Product Mastery

    Come have fun with fellow PMs and BAs as you learn about Value Management. We'll even tell you dark tales of Snarks, Hippos and other obstacles.

  • Taming Microservices

    Tackling the challenges of microservices in practice.

  • Taming Mobile

    Mobile is no longer the Next Big Thing but a requirement for your business. Hear from those who have implemented successful mobile systems.