Presentation: Coding for High Frequency Trading



10:35am - 11:25am

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Financial Services run arguably the most complex applications, with major institutions each running thousands of different applications. The most challenging and performance critical are the High Frequency Trading systems used in the Equities markets. This session will describe the application environments, design patterns and programming languages commonly deployed across Financial Services including Investment Banks and Hedge Funds.

Speaker: Richard Croucher

VP of High Frequency Engineering @Barclays

Richard is a platform architect who specializes in high performance systems, including those used by financial institutions for high frequency trading and huge compute clusters with thousands of nodes used in the Cloud. He is a multi-disciplinarian with experience across hardware, storage, network, operating systems, devOps and systems programming. He has to use all of these when designing a new platform. Over the years, he's programmed in Assembler, Basic, Fortran, Pascal, C, C++, Java, C# and Erlang. He has designed and built his own computers working at the chip level and designing his own circuit boards. He is currently VP of High Frequency Engineering at Barclays. He has previously worked as a consultant to HSBC, London Stock Exchange, Credit Suisse and DeutscheBank. He was also a Chief Architect at Sun Microsystems and a Principle Architect at Microsoft. Richard is a Fellow of STAC Research, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Practitioner and holds degrees from Brunel University, the University of Berkshire and the University of East London.

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