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Securities firms have to learn how to better exploit their low-latency architectures so that all groups in a trading enterprise can see the business value of their costly high-performance infrastructures, said participants in a panel discussion at A-Team Group’s Insight Exchange conference on High Performance Technologies for Trading and Risk, this week in New York.

Two-thirds of financial services firms fear their analytics programs and infrastructures will not be able to handle increasing analytical complexity and data volume, according to a just-released Research Report, featuring a survey of financial services professionals and conducted by Wall Street & Technology in conjunction with Platform Computing, SAS and The TABB Group. Completed in July 2010, the survey indicates that firms are hampered by a lack of scalability, inflexible architectures and inefficient use of existing computing capacity. Noteworthy differences exist in the challenges being faced by both buy- and sell-side firms, with sell-side institutions more likely to report a lack of a scalable environment, insufficient capacity to run complex analytics, and contention for computing resources as significant challenges.

Catena Technologies, a consulting firm that implements high-performance solutions for financial institutions, announced the release of a report that benchmarks the performance of a leading trading platform on 32-core server technology. The report measured the average latency between components at under one microsecond and went on further to demonstrate the scalability of the platform for rates of up to one million market data messages per second, and with ten processes consuming data hosted on the same server.

Low latency technologies have taken hold among the fragmented markets in Europe, resulting in narrower spreads and more liquidity opportunities. But fragmentation has still left primary exchanges in several regions in a dominant position, and best execution is still a work in progress, according to participants in a keynote "Fragmentation World Tour" panel at the A-Team Group’s Insight Exchange conference on High Performance Technologies for Trading and Risk, this week in New York.

Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, and Bloomberg, the leading global provider of financial data, news and analytics, today announced a strategic partnership to provide secure and reliable colocation, connectivity choice and interconnection services for Bloomberg’s data services and Bloomberg Tradebook.

RTS Realtime Systems Group, a leading global trading solutions provider, today announced that it has released a new ultra-low latency gateway for its RTD Tango and RTD Tango Trader clients, accessing CME Group with an internal latency of 100-150 microseconds. Client feedback during Beta testing has indicated that the new connectivity, as part of an off-the-shelf algorithmic trading solution, is the fastest among those currently available.

FSMLabs’ TimeKeeper software combined with Spectracom’s TSync-PCIe Timecode Processor card has broken the microsecond synchronization barrier, delivering time accurate to the low nanoseconds to trading programs. The announcement was made today by FSMLabs, provider of high-precision time distribution software, and Spectracom, a company of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris –FR0010501015 – ALORO) and a provider of hardware-based time and frequency systems for vital communications networks.

Sumerian, a provider of intelligent IT analytics to some of the world’s most innovative companies, today announced the availability of “Holistic Latency Monitoring: Finding the Chain’s Weakest Link,” a Vision Note written and produced by TABB Group. The TABB Vision Note examines what steps financial firms can take to better understand the variable relationship between business volumes and latency, and offers guidance on how firms can leverage holistic latency monitoring to improve trading operations.

Canadian exchange group CNSX Markets – which operates the Canadian National Stock Exchange and Pure Trading – is deploying hardware messaging appliances from Solace Systems to reduce the latency of its market data services, allow for future scalability, as well as add new functionality. The exchange group is looking to go live with its first customers in November.