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Tech Matters with Pete Harris: Risk and Reward in An Open Source World

I just read the latest from Michael Lewis, and while I can’t say I’m fully in agreement with regard to his “rigged market” position, I did find Flash Boys to be a pretty good basic description of high frequency trading and the technologies that underpin it. It was not, however, the main HFT focus that...

Azul Systems Solves Java Warm-up Problem and Plans More Java Improvements

Azul Systems has added a solution to the warm-up problem associated with Java applications to its Zing Java virtual machine and there is more to come as the Java specialist turns its attention to improving Java libraries, making Hadoop more efficient and optimising Zing for cloud deployments. The company’s solution to the Java warm-up problem,...

Tech Matters with Pete Harris: AWS Sharpens Analytics and Big Data Chops

Amazon’s AWS (for Amazon Web Services) cloud platform has been around for a few years now – it was launched in 2006 by the online retailer then looking to make use of its spare IT capacity – and has been increasingly used by financial markets players looking for less expensive compute and storage resource. Recently,...

Win $10,000 of Ciara Kit at A-Team’s Intelligent Trading Summit

Ciara Technologies always strived to conquer different markets, and diversify its offering without losing sight of its customers’ needs. Although this path can be more complex than others, it has led us constantly to address new customer challenges, and pushed us to maintain high levels of competency. At Ciara, we believe that performance is the...

Are Managed Services & Cloud Finally Going to Deliver the Promised Efficiency Benefits?

Has the industry finally reached a cost tipping-point where we will see more wholesale adoption of managed services and cloud capabilities, or are other benefits now outweighing pure cost considerations? Our panel of industry experts will discuss the speed at which these mainly cost-driven initiatives are now getting traction at the A-Team Group Intelligent Trading...

Lucera Details On-Demand Infrastructure for Electronic Trading

Lucera, a spin off from Cantor Fitzgerald, brings its on-demand, high-performance infrastructure for electronic trading to market today, offering trading firms reduced time to market, lower capital expenditure, on-demand scalability and reduced operational risk. The company and platform emerged from Cantor Fitzgerald in April 2013, after the financial services firm released a group of employees...

Nasdaq OMX and Thesys Sketch Roadmap for Algo Testing Facility

The tie-up of Nasdaq OMX and Thesys Technologies to deliver an algorithm testing facility is expected to endure beyond initial plans to offer algo testing for US equities trading and take testing into other asset classes over time. It is also expected to help trading firms get ahead of any regulatory mandates that may set...

Q&A: Supermicro’s Don Clegg on Accelerated Processors For Performance and Cost Reduction

Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor is driving new server technologies that the financial markets are keen to adopt. But in today’s cost-reduction environment, it’s not just about top performance – through accelerated CPU clock speeds – but also how to roll out and operate in a cost effective way – which brings in server density,...

Low Latency Summit: The Opportunities and Challenges of In-memory Solutions

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, editor and publisher of Low-Latency.com, led a panel discussion on in-memory technology at...

Informatica Highlights Performance of SMX Messaging

Following on from last month’s announcement of Ultra Messaging SMX, Informatica has published a range of latency and throughput performance figures for the shared memory transport, covering a number of programming languages. Messaging latency as low as 39 nanoseconds was recorded, with overall latency more than 16 times lower than tests conducted on an earlier version...