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Tuesday, September 20th  |  Quantum Computing + HPC

All times listed in EDT.

8:30-8:45am

Welcome + Opening Remarks

Tom Tabor
CEO & Founder, Tabor Communications Inc.

Mike Bernhardt
Strategic Technology Communications Consultant

Quantum Computing Track

8:45-9:45am

What do you need to know to take advantage of the quantum revolution? Our panel of experts examines how the quantum computing landscape is evolving and which opportunities (and perils) it presents for financial services. Where are the investments going? What does the quantum vendor community look like? Who’s taking the quantum plunge now? What are the likely FS use cases? With these topics on the agenda, you’ll get a snapshot of quantum’s FS potential that will guide your organization’s directional thinking on developing a quantum computing strategy.

Moderator: John Russell, Managing Editor, QCwire, HPCwire

Panelists:

Alex Challans
CEO, The Quantum Insider

Dr. Heather West
Research Manager, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies, IDC

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Bob Sorensen
Senior Vice President, Chief Analyst for Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research

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Eric Hunter
Global Futurist, Head of Innovation Futures, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Bradford & Barthel, LLP

9:45-10:30am

Quantum Keynote

Now that quantum is here, does it mean that HPC providers should tear down and replace their entire infrastructure? Absolutely not! This talk will review some high-impact industry use cases where current quantum computers can bring value today, discuss the best path to adoption for HPC leaders, and look at some of the wins that quantum computing offers — without the need to upgrade hardware.

Sam Mugel, PhD, CTO, Multiverse Computing

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10:30-11:00am

Break + Exhibits

11:00am-12:00pm

Although quantum has been around for quite some time, the technology is finally maturing at a pace that makes it relevant for experimentation in the finance industry. Finance is the first industry sector to benefit from the impact of quantum computing, thanks to the high-complexity use cases it offers and the need to be timely in financial transactions. This session will cover how JPMorgan Chase is proactively building its own algorithms and applications to be scaled across the firm as well as preparing, with the financial industry’s best security defenses, against quantum computers that will be used by fraudsters and hackers to break modern public-key encryption.

Marco Pistoia, Managing Director, Distinguished Engineer, Head of Research & Engineering, Head of Quantum Technology, JPMorgan Chase

12:00-1:00pm

The hype around quantum computing is exploding, and for good reason: global investment is greater than $10B, global technology giants view it as the next big thing, and the hardware ecosystem alone now has dozens of companies vying to provide reliable, capable, quantum computing systems first — for potentially massive impact and profit. In this conversation we will discuss what is ‘real’ now, which challenges remain, realistic timelines for quantum computing and industry successes, and especially how quantum computing will transform financial Monte Carlo simulation, portfolio optimization, security techniques, and more in financial services.

Jay Boisseau
HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell Technologies

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Aparna Prabhakar
Vice President Quantum Partner & Alliances, IBM

William ‘whurley’ Hurley
Founder & CEO, Strangeworks

Robert Hormuth
Corporate Vice President, Architecture & Strategy of the Data Center Solutions Group, AMD

High Performance Computing Track

1:00-2:00pm

Lunch + HPC Keynote

Capital markets, traders, hedge funds, banks, and investment firms depend on power and highly-performant solutions to drive the applications and analytics they need to succeed in their fast-moving and ultra-competitive industry. This discussion will describe the Exascale-informed AMD solutions that power those solutions for the FSI industry.

Robert Hormuth, Corporate Vice President, Architecture & Strategy of the Data Center Solutions Group, AMD

2:00-3:00pm

Break + Exhibits + 4 Lightning Presentations

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3:00-4:00pm

For applications with a growing appetite for memory, Compute Express Link (CXL) technology promises to dramatically increase memory capacity and utilization. Along the way it will make memory a first-class citizen in the data center, with open standards for pooling and composing petabytes of memory. Adoption of the new technology starting in 2023 requires the involvement of a broad ecosystem of vendors that provide: a) processor, memory, re-timer, and switch chips, b) memory, storage, SmartNIC and DPU cards, c) server, memory array, and composable center infrastructure systems, and d) software to provision the pool of memory spread across the CXL bus. In this presentation, software architect Steve Scargall will provide an overview of CXL standards, technologies, products, and never-seen-before test data showing how CXL will impact FSI applications.

Steve Scargall, CXL Consortium Member and Senior Product Manager & Software Architect, MemVerge

4:00-5:00pm

Just a handful of years ago, there weren’t many choices when it came to compute accelerators — you had GPUs, and that was about it. Today, the landscape has radically changed with a large number of new devices and even entirely new architectures being offered by veteran industry players and new entrants alike. In this panel session, we’re going to lay out the alternatives and discuss which accelerators best lend themselves to the unique needs of the FinServ industry. Like with everything else, there’s no free lunch when it comes to adding accelerators to compute infrastructure. Users have to consider learning curves, potential gotchas, and, above all, the total ROI of accelerating workflows and applications.

Moderator: Dan Olds, Chief Research Officer, Intersect360 Research

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Panelists:

Steve Yatko
CEO, Oktay Technology

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Harvey Stein
Senior VP, Research Analytics and Methodology, Two Sigma

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Ryan Quick
Principal, Providentia Worldwide

5:00-6:00pm

Can a vendor’s value proposition be presented with only three slides in five minutes? Can they stand up to tough questioning from a seasoned industry analyst? Find out in this session as Dan Olds from Intersect360 Research moderates a select group of vendors giving short presentations and being made to answer three tough questions – one of which will be a complete surprise. This is a fast-moving and fun session which will get past the marketing-speak and uncover the real story behind the story.

Moderator: Dan Olds, Chief Research Officer, Intersect360 Research

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Panelists:

William Cunningham, PhD
Head of Quantum Software, Agnostiq

Matt Jacobs
Chief Commercial Officer, Cornelis Networks

Matt Demas
Chief Technical Officer, Global Sales, GigaIO

Jeff Whitaker
VP, Marketing and Product Management, Panasas

6:00-7:30pm

Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, September 21st  |  Data Management + AI

All times listed in EDT.

Data Management Track

8:30-9:45am

The desire is there to leverage advanced analytics and AI for competitive gain in FinServ. What’s missing is the capacity. The big holdup at this point: the data is a mess. In this wide-ranging talk, you’ll gain insight into today’s big data management pain points and learn how the software industry and open source community are responding with better technologies and techniques to truly unlock the value in big data.

Alex Woodie, Managing Editor, Datanami

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9:45-10:30am

Data Management Keynote

While companies use AI in different ways, they all face a common challenge — how to quickly move from concept to real-world scale, minimizing cost and mitigating risk while complying with industry regulations. The key is to utilize built-in hardware acceleration and optimizations for popular software tools to streamline AI workflow from data ingest to deployment, clearing the path to scale AI everywhere. This session will cover Data Management and AI tools as they apply to use cases in capital markets.

Monica Livingston, Senior Director, Artificial Intelligence & Graphics Sales, Intel

10:30-11:00am

Break + Exhibits

11:00am-12:00pm

This presentation highlights successful use cases of next-generation search technology that handles real-time and historical data queries. We will demonstrate intelligent search with neuromorphic processors that compose computational storage capabilities with 100X search performance and no ETL or indexing required. WWT and Lewis Rhodes Labs (LRL) have combined their Extreme Search™ ability with leadership infrastructure to create the Search++ offering. For data-rich environments (e.g., Cyber, GitHub, and more), Search++ scales to many petabytes of data with guaranteed query completion times in <30 minutes. Leverage your existing data infrastructure investment and add computational storage for consistent results as data grows.

Earl Dodd, HPC & ESG Architect, Alchemist & Business Practice Leader, World Wide Technology

12:00-1:00pm

One of the highest priorities for many financial service institutions is creating a cloud strategy and migration approach for supporting various digital modernization initiatives. The traditional “Lift n Shift” and HPC workloads were among the initial workloads migrated to the cloud. As cloud adoption matures, companies are starting to look at creating innovative, data-driven products and services in the cloud, so more choices and challenges are introduced for migrating data assets and platforms for data analytics. This talk will help identify key challenges and considerations for data migration and cover next-generation data/machine learning platforms in the cloud (i.e.,. lakehouse, data mesh/fabric). As machine learning adoption increases, we will also cover key considerations/challenges and the technology stack for implementing MLOps capabilities.

Dino Vitale, Distinguished Engineer, Infrastructure Technology Solutions Cloud Engineering Team, TD Bank Group

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Artificial Intelligence Track

1:00-2:00pm

Lunch + AI Keynote

Faster, easier, contextual and local language access to financial data for better decision making. Train AI to read vast amounts of financial data and reports (10-k etc.) from all over the world and answer financial queries in a natural language.

Arti Garg, AI Chief Strategist, Head of Advanced AI Solutions & Technologies, HPE

2:00-3:00pm

Break + Exhibits + 4 Lightning Presentations

Learn More

3:00-4:00pm

What is fueling the meteoric rise in AI? Why, the data, of course! But beyond that, it’s the widespread availability of deep learning development tools. But putting open source frameworks like PyTorch and TensorFlow to good use in FinServ is easier said than done. In this informative panel, we’ll explore the secrets behind putting it all together.

Moderator: Alex Woodie, Managing Editor, Datanami

Panelists:

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Alexei Zhukov
VP, Technology Solutions, EPAM

Arti Garg, PhD
AI Chief Strategist, Head of Advanced AI Solutions & Technologies, HPE

Bob Gaines
Senior AI, Advanced Computing, and HPC Solutions Director, Intel

4:00-5:00pm

For years, there has been discussion on ethical considerations for AI, including topics like bias, explainability, and use-case application. Debate and recommendations are now turning to regulation, changing the way organizations will be able to use AI, the steps that are necessary to meet regulatory guidelines, and, of course, transparency. In this discussion, we will examine some of the recent regulations to be enacted, break down some of the ethical concerns that exist in the AI landscape today, and look at how organizations are making plans to mitigate the risks associated with using AI at scale.

Traci Gusher, Americas Data and Analytics Leader, Ernst & Young

5:00-6:00pm

The Analyst Crossfire is a compelling and quick-moving panel discussion where some of the best and brightest minds in the industry discuss some of the most interesting and provocative topics in the industry today. Broken into four 15-minute segments, Dan Olds from Intersect360 Research will moderate and pose provocative questions covering the state of Quantum computing, the links between HPC, AI, and Wall Street, and how customers can tackle the enormous data management challenges posed by the advent of AI. The result will be an unscripted, spontaneous conversation that will dive into some of the most interesting topics today. You’ll hear some compelling arguments, and maybe even have a little fun along the way.

Moderator: Dan Olds, Chief Research Officer, Intersect360 Research

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Panelists:

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Ryan Quick
Principal, Providentia Worldwide

Arti Garg, PhD
AI Chief Strategist, Head of Advanced AI Solutions & Technologies, HPE

Kurt Kuckein
Vice President of Marketing, DDN

Thierry Pellegrino
SVP and President, Penguin Solutions

6:00-6:15 pm

Closing Remarks + Raffle Drawing

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