WSTS: Timing in Finance, Electric Power and Broadcast


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The Finance, Electric Power and Broadcast sectors are among the many industries that depend on unique timing requirements to drive their success. This session offers expert insight into key timing issues in each of these sectors. All presentations are designed to be of interest to the broader community — beyond their specific market segments.

The keynote covers the role of timing in the finance marketplace as seen by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The chief electrical engineer of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory sheds light on the timing issues of the overall electric power marketplace. Oscilloquartz covers why broadcasters that are looking to migrate from legacy media broadcasting to IP broadcasting need highly reliable and accurate timing for their audio and video content. This cross-sector approach is sure to deliver an eclectic and highly informative discussion.


10:00 – 10:05 a.m. Timing in Finance, Electric Power and Broadcast Overview
Pat Diamond, Principal, Diamond Consulting
10:05 – 10:20 a.m. Keynote: Timing in the Face of COVID-19: A Look at Financial Market Impacts
Victor Yodaiken, CEO, FSMLabs
10:20 – 10:35 a.m. Recent Improvements to High-Accuracy Timekeeping in Microsoft Windows OS
Sarath Madakasira, Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft
Keith Mange, Principal Software Engineering Lead, Microsoft
10:35 – 10:45 a.m. Questions
10:45 – 10:50 a.m. Calnex Sponsor Presentation
Tommy Cook, CEO, Calnex Solutions
10:50 – 11:05 a.m. Keynote: Electric Power Applications of Wide-Area Time-Synchronized Measurements
Jeff Dagle, Chief Electrical Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
11:05 – 11:20 a.m. Resilient Time Synchronization for the Energy Sector: Evaluation of Mitigation Technologies
Gerardo Trevino, Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute
11:20 – 11:35 a.m. IP Broadcast Timing Requirements and Possible Solutions
Jaime Jaramillo, Senior Director Americas, ADVA Optical – OSA
11:35 – 11:50 a.m. Enterprise Computing Time Synchronization Update
Steve Guendert Ph.D., IBM Z Timing Hardware Systems Architect, IBM
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Questions



. Victor Yodaiken

Victor Yodaiken is CEO and co-founder of FSMLabs, the developer of TimeKeeper software and hardware time synchronization technology for financial trading markets. FSMLabs began life in 1999 as a developer of the RTLinux real-time operating system used to control jet engine tests stands, robots, mobile phones, and software radios among other products. RTLinux was sold to WindRiver Systems in 2007 and FSMLabs then entered the financial technology and larger enterprise markets. Prior to founding FSMLabs,Yodaiken worked in academia and as an industry consultant. He was a professor of Computer Science at New Mexico Tech, a Research Professor and Post-Doc at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), a visiting lecturer at Beijing Aerospace University, a consultant on storage systems and financial software projects and a principal engineer of a fault-tolerant system startup (Auragen). He is named on five issued US Patents.

Sarath Madakasirag
Principal Software Engineer

Sarath Madakasira is a Principal Software Engineer in the Cloud + AI Platform group of Microsoft Corporation. He has been delivering time synchronization features and improvements in Windows OS in the current and several prior releases. His other areas of expertise include security and identity in the cloud, enterprise and customer platforms.


Keith Mange
Principal Software Engineering Lead

Keith Mange is a Principal Software Engineering Lead at Microsoft. He is responsible for Network Virtualization, Container Networking and Time in Windows OS.

. Tommy Cook
Calnex Solutions

Tommy Cook is the founder and CEO of Calnex Solutions. Since founding Calnex 15 years ago, he has guided Calnex to become established as a leading supplier of test and measurements solutions to the Telecommunications industry. Prior to starting Calnex, he had over 23 years’ experience in telecoms test and measurement ranging from hands-on design, programme management of R&D projects through to leading business teams with P&L responsibility.

. Gerardo Trevino
Technical Leader
Electric Power Research Institute

Gerardo Trevino is a Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Gerardo Trevino joined EPRI in September 2017 as a Technical Leader in the Cyber Security Program. With over 8 years of applied research experience he brings a combined skill set in embedded systems, cyber security and energy systems to EPRI’s Power Delivery & Utilization sector research.

He began his career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a graduate researcher and subsequently at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) using embedded systems expertise to develop and improve technologies and assess system security for commercial and government clients.

Gerardo received an Undergraduate and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Jeff Dagle 
Chief Electrical Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jeff Dagle has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Washington, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), since 1989. During that time has had led numerous projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security. Recent project highlights include leading the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and serving on the leadership team of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, leading the multi-laboratory system operations and control technical area.

In 2018 Mr. Dagle was named co-director of the Advanced Grid Institute, a joint institute with Washington State University Other career accomplishments include leading the data requests and management task for the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force investigation of the August 14, 2003 blackout, supporting the DOE Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division with on-site assessments in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leading the team providing cyber security reviews for the DOE Smart Grid Investment Grants and Smart Grid Demonstration Protections associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and serving as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) study group that was formed in 2010 to establish critical infrastructure resilience goals.

In 2014 Mr. Dagle was invited to serve on a National Academies of Science and Engineering committee to provide recommendations for the analytical research foundations for the next generation electric grid. In 2016 he was invited to serve on another National Academy committee focused on enhancing the resilience of the Nation’s electric power transmission & distribution system. And in 2019 he was invited to serve on a third National Academy committee relating to electric grid modernization. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He received the 2001 Tri-City Engineer of the Year award by the Washington Society of Professional Engineers, a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award in 2007, and two R&D 100 Awards: in 2008 for the Grid Friendly™ Appliance Controller technology, and in 2018 for the Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool. He holds several patents. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington.

Jaime Jaramilo
Senior Director Americas
Adva Optical SA

Jaime has over 13 years of experience in the timing and frequency industry. He has extensive experience in Sales and Business Development in the US and International markets. Jaime first joined Symmetricom in 2007, and later joined Trimble in 2014 in their Timing division focusing and clock and GNSS technologies.

His knowledge of how synchronization impacts switching and transport, coupled with his broad market experience, make Jaime both an informative, highly experienced subject matter expert and network Synchronization business focused executive.

His knowledge of how synchronization impacts switching and transport, coupled with his broad market experience, make Jaime both an informative, highly experienced subject matter expert and network Synchronization business focused executive.

. Steve Guendert
IBM Z Hardware Systems Architect

Dr. Guendert is an IBM Z Hardware Systems Architect responsible for the IBM Z (mainframe) timing architecture and I/O architecture. He is a member of the Mainframe Hall of Fame, and the IBM Academy of Technology. He represents IBM in the ITU and the IEEE 1588 Working Group. He received his Ph.D. Degree (2008) in MIS, and M.S. (2002) and MBA (2000) degrees in MIS from Auburn University, and a B.S. degree from Northwestern University. He is the author of over 50 mainframe I/O and timing papers, and multiple books.


Pat Diamond 
Diamond Consulting

Pat has been at the forefront of development of timing and synchronization technologies for over 20 years. His activities include leading the development of the first monolithic silicon device for synchronization in SONET/SDH networks, and as the original evangelist for creating a version of IEEE 1588 for use in packet wide area networks and leading the development of the only fully integrated 1588v2 system on a chip currently deployed in over 2 million base stations. Pat is and has been active in ITU-T, IEEE and IETF standards development. He has worked at NASA, McDonnell Douglas, Data General and Semtech in senior and executive engineering and business development roles. He has been awarded BSEE, BSCS and Ph.D degree’s.