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Low Latency Blogs

Pete Harris

Cisco Systems is today introducing its Nexus 3548 network switch, incorporating proprietary Algorithm Boost (aka Algo Boost) ASIC chip technology, which pushes port-to-port cut through latency down to 190 nanoseconds for typical financial trading applications. Moreover, latency of 50 nanoseconds is possible for straightforward one-to-many market data distribution.

John Panzica

Mainstream cloud adoption across the financial vertical initially started with buy- and sell-side trading firms needing an accessible platform scalable enough to store their immense volumes of market data and run risk analyses or other algorithms.

Just ahead of the first anniversary of its corporate makeover, Actian has introduced its Vectorwise Data Mart Appliance, in partnership with Lenovo.  Initial models - based on Lenovo's ThinkServer RD360 server - come in 100 gigabyte and one terabyte flavours.

AMD's just announced SeaMicro SM15000 server and Freedom Fabric Storage is pushing density limits by packing up to 512 compute cores with 4TB of RAM into a 10 RU system, connecting into up to more than five petabytes of disk storage.  Unusually, the first units available will feature chips from rival Intel, with models based on new AMD chips coming in a couple of months.

Pete Harris

Nasdaq has gone live with a version of its TotalView Itch full depth equities feed driven by FPGA technology. The feed is being directed at trading firms that are particularly latency sensitive, with no queuing during data bursts that occur at peak trading periods.

Pete Harris

Redline Trading Solutions has released version 3 of its InRush tick plant, which leverages the latest Intel chips to slash "apples to apples" processing latency from five to just 1.2 microseconds.

Messaging specialist Tervela is partnering with analytics database vendor Teradata, to deliver solutions for moving and distributing big data.  The alliance will help customers upload their data into Teradata's data warehouse for analysis, and will also allow rapid distribution of data across multiple warehouses.

Pete Harris

Accelerating a trend that began perhaps a couple of years ago, vendors of execution management systems, and of connectivity and co-lo services, are continuing to push into new trading opportunities, beyond the core equities markets of major financial centres. Indeed, a raft of news in recent days - as the business world gets going after the summer break - points to much activity in pushing the low-latency frontiers.

Software AG's Terracotta unit has appointed former Tibco Software veteran Robin Gilthorpe as its CEO. "This is a pivotal time to be joining Terracotta, as the company becomes a major growth driver for the Software AG Group. In-memory and related technologies will be fundamental to deriving real value from big data," comments Gilthorpe, who is also joining Software AG's group executive board.