About

IT Consultancy providing Performance Engineering expertise, specializing in the FinTech/HFT industry

Our Company

IT Performance Engineering is what we at JabPerf love to do, and we’re good at it. Founded in September 2020, we’ve put our expertise and deep industry experience to good use at FinTech and HFT companies that value every microsecond and nanosecond spent in the technology stack.

Young Boxer training with his coach on a punching bag at a gym

The origin of our name

From his amateur boxing experience and life-long love of the “Sweet Science”, our CEO knows a thing or two about the primacy of The Jab. It is the quickest available strike which, unlike The Overhand Right or The Left Hook, travels along the straightest path to reach the opponent. No slack, flourishes, or bells & whistles – just Point A to Point B.

Likewise, we aim to remove all unnecessary slack, flourishes, bells & whistles from your technology stack to ensure your Business Applications execute along the quickest, shortest, most effective pathway possible. That’s JabPerf!

THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE

PERFORMANCE MONITORING Guidance

  • Host-level CPU, RAM, and I/O metrics
  • Socket-level IPC, Cache Hit Rate, and Memory Controller Utilization tracking
  • Layer 1/2/3 muxing, switching, and routing latency statistics

Benchmarking & ANALYSIS

  • Application of proven benchmarking principles, guidelines, and best practices
  • Statistically rigorous raw dataset analysis
  • Illustrative graphing for multi-view reporting

PROFILING

  • Application-level profiling of C, C++, and Java applications
  • JVM Garbage Collection analysis
  • Linux kernel-level and network packet-level debugging

TUNING

  • Source code level suggestions and/or patches
  • Application and/or JVM configuration recommendations
  • OS and kernel-level configuration guidance

MARK DAWSON, JR.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE ARCHITECT SPECIALIZING IN LOW LATENCY C++ AND JAVA ENVIRONMENTS

As a Senior Performance Architect with 15+ years of experience in systems architecture and development, he excels in technical innovation, architecting trading platforms, and minimizing latency.

His background in the FinTech space includes providing R&D and Engineering expertise at firms ranging from as large as Goldman Sachs and Chicago Mercantile Exchange to as small as more traditional proprietary trading firms like IMC and Jump Trading. As an industry thought leader, he has a natural drive and passion for both expanding and sharing performance engineering knowledge. This includes publishing articles and delivering presentations at industry events, as well as serving as Contributing Author to the book Performance Analysis and Tuning on Modern CPUs (published in November 2020 and available now on Amazon).

  • IT Team Leadership
  • Performance Design/Engineering
  • Platform Architecture
  • Vendor Management
  • Latency Reduction
  • Application/Kernel Profiling
  • Public Speaking
  • Technical Writing
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Trading Applications
  • Platform Engineering
  • Performance Testing
  • Platforms: Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Azul Zing
  • Languages: Python, C/C++, Bash, R
  • Tools: Intel VTune, Linux perf/FTrace/eBPF, TICK, jHiccup, Wireshark, Google Benchmark, Coz, Clang-Tidy, Clang Sanitizers, JMeter
  • RDBMS: Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Networking: Spirent TestCenter, TCP/IP, InfiniBand, Ethernet, Cisco/Arista Switches, SAN, NetApp