Speaker Biographies – New York, Spring 2018

Edouard Alligand, CEO, QuasarDB.
With a background in mathematics and computer science, Edouard started his career in software security with a focus on C++, kernel programming, and system programming, topics on which he contributed articles and books. In 2008, Edouard shifted his career towards financial markets, building trading systems for equity derivatives firms. He is the founder and CEO of quasarDB since 2014.

Hollis Beall, Director of Performance Engineering, X-IO Technologies.
With almost 20 years in the data storage field, Hollis has worked in roles from hardware qualification testing, replication solutions design, proof of concept testing, and technical marketing. As the director of performance engineering, Hollis is responsible for benchmark testing, performance data analysis and visualization, and performance troubleshooting. Hollis holds a B.S. in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Shirish Bhargava, Director of CSP Sales, SSD, Intel
Shirish is part of the Intel SSD team (NSG) based in Folsom, California. An 18 year veteran at Intel Corporation, he is currently responsible for ramping Optane SSDs and 3DNAND within the Financial industry. As a Business development manager, Shirish and team have worked across the ecosystem from OxMs to ISVs in ramping new SSD technologies and customizing them for industry use cases. He holds a BS in Electrical engineering and an MS in Computer engineering.

John D. Davis, PhD, Chief Product Officer, Bigstream Solutions.
John has published over 30 refereed conference and journal papers in Computer Architecture (FPGA-based domain-specific accelerators, non-volatile memories and processor design), Distributed Systems, and Bioinformatics. He also holds over 30 issued or pending patents. He has designed and built distributed storage systems in research and as products. At Bigstream, John leads the entire product strategy, roadmap, and execution. Bigstream uses advanced compiler techniques to transparently (zero code change) support acceleration on FPGAs, many-core CPUs, and GPU for big data (Apache Spark), machine learning and AI workloads, a technology we call Hyper-acceleration.

Laurent de Barry, Co-founder & Chief Sales Officer, Enyx.
Laurent has worked in Ultra Low Latency Technology for close to 10 years and co-founded Enyx in 2011 at the age of 23. As Managing Director of Enyx’s trading solutions, Laurent leads the development and commercialization of the next generation FPGA-enabled market access technology. A hardware engineer by training, Laurent is passionate about high performance computing and bringing cutting-edge technology to market. Prior to co-founding Enyx, he worked on critical hardware components for the aeronautical and military industries.

Michel Debiche, Guest Analyst, STAC.
Michel is both quant and technologist, whose passion is making data science actually work for financial firms. He is currently leading the expansion of the STAC community to include more buyside firms looking to leapfrog to the best technologies and Analytics Ops processes for quant/quantamental investing. Prior to STAC, Michel re-engineered strategy development and implementation at numerous firms, first as a quant, then as a consultant. Employers include CSFB, Daiwa, First New York, CIBC, and Think Big Analytics, where he led the financial services practice. Michel has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford and Princeton Universities.

Jeremy Eder, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat Performance Engineering.
Jeremy specializes in measurement and analysis of performance metrics, and using that analysis to guide performance-tuning of real-world infrastructure. Jeremy has over a decade of experience in the financial services space, focusing on extreme low latency architecture design, tuning and jitter analysis. Jeremy is the author of Low Latency Performance Tuning for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 available here: https://access.redhat.com/articles/1323793. Jeremy leads a high-output team of engineers focused on performance, scalability and capacity planning of container-based infrastructures in the Atomic and OpenShift family of Red Hat products, including the application of these next generation technologies to the high performance space. He is also a contributor to Kubernetes, Docker and the Linux kernel in a variety of areas where things need to go fast.

Jerry Eschweiler, Sales Director – Enterprise, Service Providers – Americas, Napatech.
Jerry is a Senior Sales leader responsible for sales of Enterprise solutions to F500 companies and Service Providers in North America. Over the last 8 years, working for Apcon, Corvil and Napatech, Jerry has focused on providing high precision analytics to the Financial markets. Previously, Jerry had spent over 20 years in the semiconductor and networking space, working for Intel, National Semiconductor, F5, and Nokia, managing sales teams and supporting Global accounts through the US, EMEA and APAC.

Davor Frank, Senior Solutions Architect, Solarflare Communications.
Davor is a Senior Solutions Architect at Solarflare. Having joined in October of 2011, he brings to Solarflare over a decade of experience in Investment Banking technology. Davor is currently responsible for application and systems consulting, providing architecture guidance to customers looking to implement Solarflare technologies in their infrastructure. Previously, Davor had worked as a systems engineer at Deutsche Bank on the Enterprise UNIX infrastructure, more recently focusing on design, implementation and operational support of ultra-low latency systems.

Francisco Girela, FPGA Engineer, Seven Solutions.
Francisco obtained his Master on Telecommunications Engineering degree in the University of Granada. Before ending these studies, he started working as a technical consultant in an international company. After some time, he went back to the University where he accepted a job as a researcher. During his research, he specialized in ultra-accurate time transfer systems and he focused on the development of the White Rabbit technology. At the moment, he works for Seven Solutions where he is a FPGA engineer and the technical responsible for business support for North America clients. Simultaneously, he is carrying out his PhD in telecommunication engineering.

Dr Matthew Grosvenor, Senior Systems Engineer, Exablaze.
Matthew is a Senior Systems Engineer at Exablaze. He's been working with the Exablaze family of companies for over 8 years. In that time, he has been involved in trading strategy development, market data acquisition, FPGA acceleration, systems optimisation, and measurement and analytics. Matthew holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. His research work focused on techniques for managing and mitigating latency variance in hyper-scale datacenter networks. He continues to publish widely in the fields of big-data, hyperscale datacenters, networks, latency and network measurement.

Yaron Haviv, CTO and co-founder, iguazio.
Yaron is a serial entrepreneur who has deep technological experience in the fields of big data, cloud, storage and networking. Prior to iguazio, Yaron was the VP of Datacenter Solutions at Mellanox, where he led technology innovation, software development and solution integrations. He has spent years working on low latency for high-frequency trading and has worked with the leading databases, storage and cloud providers on optimizing their solutions.

Ron Herrmann, Director of Sales Engineering, E8 Storage.
Ron is a veteran in the storage and networking industry. Prior to joining E8 Storage, Ron worked at IBM (after the Diligent Technologies acquisition). He also held key positions at several start-ups including Prominet and Agile (both acquired by Lucent) and Cereva (acquired by EMC). Ron also served as the Systems Group Leader for the Michigan Supreme Court and worked at Chipcom (acquired by 3Com) and Timeplex (acquired by Unisys).

Zahid Hussain, CEO, Vexata.
Zahid Hussain is Founder/CEO of Vexata Inc., a leader in high performance enterprise storage systems. Previously he served as SVP/GM of the Flash Products Division at EMC, which included the XtremIO and ScaleIO products, and had also led the product development teams for EMC’s mid-range storage, including the VNX and Isilon products. Prior to joining EMC in 2011, he served as Vice President of Engineering at VMware where he led the vSphere, vCenter and vCloud development teams. Zahid has 41 patents in the areas of computer graphics, computer systems, storage systems, and networking systems. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

Li Jin, Distributed System Engineer, Two Sigma Investments.
Li Jin is a distributed system engineer at Two Sigma. Li focuses on building high performance data analysis tools with Spark. Li is a co-creator of Flint: a time series analysis library on Spark. Previously, Li worked on building large scale task scheduling system. In his spare time, Li loves hiking, traveling and winter sports.

Pritam Kandel, Applications Engineer, Spectracom .
Pritam is an Applications Engineer at Orolia. He has more than 15 years of experience in design, assessment, and implementation of TCP/IP network and communication infrastructure for various enterprise and service provider markets. At Orolia he focuses in providing network and timing solutions for Time Sensitive Networks (TSN), supporting the enterprise product line and helping customers to deploy precise timing systems. Pritam holds an executive MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BE in Information Technology from Pokhara University.

Björn Kolbeck, co-founder/CEO, Quobyte.
Before taking over the helm at Quobyte, Björn spent time at Google as tech lead for the hotel finder project (2011–2013). Prior to Google, he was the lead developer for the open-source file system XtreemFS (2006–2011). Björn’s PhD thesis was on fault-tolerant replication.

Peter Lankford, Founder & Director, Securities Technology Analysis Center.
Peter leads STAC®, which provides hands-on technology research and testing tools to the finance industry and facilitates the STAC Benchmark Council™, a group of leading financial institutions and vendors that engages in technical dialog and specifies standard ways to assess technologies used in finance. Prior to STAC, Peter was SVP of the $240M market data technology business at Reuters. Prior to Reuters, Peter held management positions at Citibank, First Chicago Corp., and operating-system maker IGC. Peter has an MBA, Masters in International Relations, and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Tom Leahy, Senior Sales Engineer, Endace.
Tom is a Senior Sales Engineer and has been with Endace for 10 years. Over more than two decades in the industry, Tom has held range of roles including Network Design Engineer, Solutions Architect, Product Manager, Marketing Manager, and Business Strategist at companies including Level 3 Communications, Telcove, and Marconi Communications.

John Lockwood, CEO, Algo-Logic.
John is the founder and CEO of Algo-Logic and has over 30 years of experience of mapping algorithms into logic. He served as a Professor at Stanford University, was tenured at Washington University in Saint Louis, and holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. John has engineered high-speed networks for the National Center for Supercomputing Appilcations (NCSA), designed high-speed datalink controllers at IBM, deployed multicast networks at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and served as the PI on grants from NSF, Xilinx, Altera, and SAIC. He has published over 100 papers and patents related to networks and FPGA applications.

Cliff Maddox, Director of Sales, NovaSparks.
Cliff has been working in the finance industry for the past 30 years. For the past year he has been focused on helping prop shops, hedge funds and banks upgrade their infrastructure using NovaSparks ultra-low latency market data solutions. Prior to that he spent 8 years at ACTIV Financial where he expanded their presence throughout the trading community. Cliff spent the first 20 years of his career building trading solutions for a wide variety of financial firms.

Matt Meinel, SVP Solutions Engineering, Sales and Business Development, Levyx
Matt is a veteran innovator / entrepreneur in Capital Markets financial technology. He has been a key player at several successful, innovative financial technology firms including:Co-founder at startup 29West (low latency messaging technology) which exited to Informatica; RedHat CIO during transition period to the now popular subscription business model; Principal at O’Connor & Associates (bought by Swiss Bank which was acquired by UBS Investment Bank). At Swiss Bank he served as co-CIO and later at UBS Investment bank was Global Head of IT for the Fixed Income & Treasury Division.

Hardik Patel, qplum, Machine Learning Engineer.
Hardik is the lead Machine Learning Engineer at qplum - an online investment advisory firm offering A.I. and machine learning based portfolios. His main role involves applying machine learning to optimize various trading strategies. Prior to that, he has worked in the field of high-frequency trading and at Microsoft. Hardik earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Mutema Pittman, Senior Manager, Data Center and Communications Division, Intel.
Mutema is responsible for the Enterprise business segment in the Intel Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) business division. Mutema’s responsibilities include creating and executing strategies and business plans to drive success with end customers in the enterprise market, and strong collaboration with internal and external groups focusing on Programmable Acceleration Cards, solution workloads, and channels to reach enterprise customers. Mutema joined PSG (formerly Altera) in 2010 via the acquisition of Avalon Microelectronics. He has held previous roles in engineering design and management during that time.

Eric Powers, Director: Global Markets Core Trading Technology, Deutsche Bank; STAC Fellow.
Eric has over 20 years of product development and systems engineering experience. At DB, Eric leads the Low Latency Engineering team covering physical through middleware technologies for the global Colo estate. Subject Matter Expert in precision timing, network monitoring and instrumentation and “soft” technologies pertinent to routing/switching. Eric has a history of advising venture capital firms, leading industry publications and working with startups and established companies on both evolutions to existing tech and new product creation.

Vahan Sardaryan, Co-Founder and CEO, LDA Technologies.
Vahan is a Co-Founder and the CEO at LDA Technologies, a known provider of leading high-performance FPGA-based networking products. Vahan’s experience in software design goes back 20 years and encompasses various fields such as high-performance networking, information security, realtime systems and such. He has been involved in electronic trading industry for over 12 years, 8 years of which was dedicated to HFT companies’ needs. Vahan holds a PhD degree equivalent in Applied Mathematics and is an avid chess player.

Mark Skalabrin, CEO, Redline Trading Solutions
Throughout his career, Mark Skalabrin has built engineering-centered businesses that combine leading-edge technology with application expertise to solve challenging problems. Before he founded Redline, Mark served eight years as General Manager and Corporate Officer at Mercury Computer Systems. He holds a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Washington State University.

Dr David Snowdon, CTO, Metamako.
David is co-founder and CTO at Metamako, looking after product and technology strategy at the company. Prior to founding Metamako, David gained a wealth of experience working in and for electronic trading firms, optimising their network structures, network performance, and building performance hardware, gateware and software. He has a PhD in Operating Systems from the University of NSW, Australia, looking at the effect of frequency scaling on power and energy usage. Outside of work, David spends time designing, building and racing high-performance solar powered cars in international events and formerly held the Guinness record for the world’s fastest solar powered vehicle.

Bob Van Valzah, Independent Performance Expert.
Bob spent 4-1/2 years looking after all aspects of performance improvement for a high-frequency trading firm. He starts with the hardware of servers and networks and looks at the world from the perspective of picoseconds up. Prior to that, Bob was a co-founder of 29West, a company that pioneered the development of ultra-low-latency messaging. Bob was in on the ground floor of microprocessors in 1975, C in 1977, Unix and the ARPAnet in 1979, TCP/IP and the Internet in 1985, the World Wide Web in 1992, reliable multicast in 1998, and Bitcoin in 2011.

Dave Weber, Wall Street CTO & Director, Lenovo.
Dave Weber is the director of Lenovo's global financial services industry initiatives and Wall Street CTO. Dave is focused on server-based low latency, high performance, analytics and cloud technologies, and works with financial markets clients to provide solutions, with partners to build an ecosystem, and with Lenovo Research and Development to influence future products. Dave also leads the Lenovo relationship with STAC®, where Lenovo has worked closely with our partners to publish numerous world record benchmark results.

Michael Zimmerman, CEO, Bitfusion.
Michael has more than 20 years of executive roles experience in networking and compute infrastructure technology companies. Prior to joining Bitfusion as a CEO, Michael served as a GM/VP of Marvell Networking Business Unit, responsible for all compute and networking product lines. Before Marvell, Michael was VP Platforms with Annapurna Labs, who developed the industry’s first storage disaggregation NIC (acquired by AWS). Before Annapurna Labs, Michael was a VP with Tilera, the MIT-based many-core processor company, which was acquired by Mellanox. Michael is a Stanford graduate of the Executive Business Program. In addition, he holds an MS in Computer Science from NSU, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, where he earned Summa Cum Laude.