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Low Latency Blogs

Sarah Underwood

In-memory computing has been part of the fabric of financial services systems for some years, but it is experiencing a revival in interest as recent developments allow for ever greater input/output speeds and the processing of greater volumes of data.

Pete Harris

The BBC dropped by the Low-Latency Summit on Tuesday with a mission to find out more about electronic trading, low latency and analytics. Interviews with Pete Harris, editor of Low-Latency.com, Andrew Delaney, editor-in-chief at A-Team Group, and Henry Young, CEO at TS-Associates, were conducted, and edited into a rather nice entry-level segment. Listen here.

Pete Harris

The London Stock Exchange today announced a millimetre-wave wireless service providing low-latency connectivity between its City of London data centre and Equinix's LD4 data centre in Slough, which is host to many markets and trading firms. The service is being introduced in collaboration with NeXXCom Wireless and is likely to deliver a sub 300 microsecond roundtrip when it goes live in November.

Pete Harris

OK, so the headline is a tad extreme, but bear with me. Recent developments combining in-memory technologies and Hadoop/MapReduce from ScaleOut Software point to a future where big data analytics and real-time processing, as it's defined in the financial markets, could meet.

Sarah Underwood

When InfoReach integrated the R programming language into its Trade Management System (TMS), it was responding to one client request, but interest is rising and the company expects more users of the system and its Prelude hosted trading platform to take advantage of its provision of access to R analytical language functions and trading models.

Pete Harris

FPGA specialist BittWare has introduced TeraBox, an appliance that delivers up to 16 FPGAs, and targeted at high scale trading and analytics applications.

SAP - which sells its own HANA in memory data platform, and its IQ analytics database - is now reselling Hadoop in partnership with Hortonworks and Intel. The agreements allow SAP to directly offer a fuller portfolio of big data products, as organisations are seeking unified access to both structured and unstrauctured data. That most certainly includes financial services organisations, which will come under the focus of new global head Ross Wainwright.

Sarah Underwood

After a summer of success in closing contracts with small firms in the financial services sector, Solace Systems is moving up-market in response to growing interest in its hardware appliance messaging solutions from large investment banks seeking to cut cost and complexity out of IT infrastructure while improving performance and coping with big data requirements.

Pete Harris

When one hears the term 'Big Data' one is drawn to thinking about batch analysis of vast datasets, such as web logs, click streams and, apparently, phone records. Technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL are mentioned, already in the context of their lack of performance, and murky ROI. But in the financial markets, the world of big data is different: it's real-time, it's high velocity, and it packs enormous value. Which is why we're continuing to focus on how low-latency technologies are converging with the big data world to move beyond simple - and increasingly obsolete - 'fastest execution' trading models.