Steve Pope | Co-Founder & CTO

Steve Pope, Co-Founder & CTO, Solarflare

Steve Pope holds a Ph.D. in Networks and Operating Systems from Cambridge University. He is currently CTO of Solarflare, responsible for technology direction, system architecture and intellectual property.


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?

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