Mark Dawson | Senior Performance Engineer
Belvedere Trading

Mark Dawson, Senior Performance Engineer, Belvedere Trading

Mark E. Dawson, Jr. is a Senior Performance Engineer at Belvedere Trading. With an IT career which began as a UNIX/Linux Engineer and expanded into Cisco Network Administration, SAN Design, and Oracle Database Administration, Mark has spent the last decade tying his prior consulting experience together to provide Low Latency Performance Tuning expertise for Java & C/C++ based trading infrastructures in the HFT space.


TSC 2018 - DAY 1 @ 11:30

High-performance hardware – how should low-latency trading firms evaluate and deploy FPGAs, GPUs and acceleration technologies?

  • To invest or not to invest – how should trading firms evaluate whether FPGA implementation makes sense? What types of latency problems are best addressed through hardware implementation? When does a software-based approach make more sense? 
  • Build vs. buy – how to evaluate what needs to be designed in-house and what should be outsourced to achieve maximum FPGA performance
  • FPGA engineering talent – how hard is it to find effective Verilog/VHDL/OpenCL programmers?
  • Testing, development and integration – what tools and technology are necessary to build and test FPGA applications?
  • Deep learning chipsets – are specialized chipsets the future platform for implementing deep learning algorithms?
  • Future of FPGAs in trading – how will FPGAs fit into the future market landscape as the pursuit of alpha straddles between faster and smarter trading? 
  • Mission-critical servers & AI infrastructure for data-intensive workloads – how are new breeds of enterprise servers ushering in the next generation of accelerated computing?

TSC 2018 - DAY 1 @ 13:20


Performance tuning for low latency trading apps – the 10 perf Commandments

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