Daniel J. Duffy started the company Datasim in 1987 to promote C++ as a new object-oriented language for developing applications in the roles of developer, architect and requirements analyst to help clients design and analyse software systems for Computer Aided Design (CAD), process control and hardware-software systems, logistics, holography (optical technology) and computational finance. He used a combination of top-down functional decomposition and bottom-up object-oriented programming techniques to create stable and extendible applications (for a discussion, see Duffy 2004 where we have grouped applications into domain categories). Previous to Datasim he worked on engineering applications in oil and gas and semiconductor industries using a range of numerical methods (for example, the finite element method (FEM)) on mainframe and mini-computers.
Daniel Duffy has BA (Mod), MSc and PhD degrees in pure, applied and numerical mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin. He has been active in promoting partial differential equation (PDE) and finite difference methods (FDM) for applications in computational finance and was responsible for the introduction of the Fractional Step (Soviet Splitting) method and the Alternating Direction Explicit (ADE) method in computational finance. He is also the originator of the exponential fitting method for time-dependent partial differential equations.
He is also the originator of two very popular C++ online courses (both C++03 and C++11/14) on www.quantnet.com in cooperation with Quantnet LLC and Baruch College (CUNY), NYC. He also trains developers and designers around the world.