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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.

Pete Harris

Ullink is continuing its focus on squeezing microseconds of latency from its trade execution and pre-trade risk systems, by partnering with Azul Systems, which offers a low and predictable latency Java virtual machine (JVM).

The result of more than $1 billion in R&D, IBM has introduced its latest System z mainframe, the EC12 - and it is pitching it at enterprise data and cloud applications.  The mainframe is based on IBM's proprietary chips, featuring 32 nanometre designs and running at 5.5GHz.  Also included is transactional memory, a variant of standard RAM designed to reduce memory locks for multi-threaded transactional and Java applications.

Frederic Ponzo

In the not too distant past, Asia was thought to have a lower quality infrastructure than developed nations in North America and Europe. However, widespread government investment in infrastructure projects in the region has seen significant improvements in core underlying infrastructure critical to stable trading platforms.