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Sandy Bridge, PCIe Gen 3 Give Tibco’s FTL a Boost

Intel’s recently introduced Sandy Bridge microchips, together with the latest PCI Gen 3 interconnect technology, is giving a performance boost to Tibco Software’s FTL messaging middleware – for both intra-server and inter-server communications. Officially known as the Xeon Processsor E5-2600 family, Sandy Bridge incorporate up to eight cores and 20 MB of cache, with integrated...

Azul Zing Boosts OptionsCity Trading Performance; Releases 5.2 JVM

OptionsCity Software is leveraging the Zing Java Virtual Machine from Azul Systems to boost performance of its Freeway algorithmic trading and Metro market making systems. By taking advantage of Zing, the systems can take advantage of more robust, sophisticated and customised models, and predictable low-latency, to deliver better trading performance. Zing is a 100% Java-compatible...

Fixnetix Taps BittWare, Altera FPGAs for iX-eCute Phase 2

Fixnetix is tapping BittWare, and its latest Altera Stratix V FPGA-based network cards, to support the second phase of its iX-eCute trade execution and pre-trade risk service. The move represents a boost for Altera, since iX-eCute originally leveraged FPGAs from rival Xilinx. “We’re pleased to be at the second phase of iX-eCute, and our newly...

McObject Adds Partners in U.K. and India

McObject, developer of the eXtremeDB in-memory database, is extending its sales reach and integration capability by partnering with Spreadbrokers in the U.K. and NSE.IT in India. Spreadbrokers based in London specialises in low-latency technology for financial markets, and will target buy-side and sell-side firms, with a focus on the data management aspects of portfolio optimisation,...

Arista Debuts Application Switch; Embeds FPGAs Into Network for Lowest Latency

Sun Microsystems might have coined the the slogan “The Network Is The Computer” but it is Arista Networks that is today delivering on the concept with its first Application Switch, which embeds FPGA processing into a switch so that business logic can really be run in the networking fabric itself with lowest-latency data access. With...

Endace “To Review Options” After Revenue Hit

In a trading update issued on Monday, networking and latency monitoring specialist Endace said that expected full year revenues would fall short of estimates by 10% and that it had appointed Deutsche Bank to “review options for the future.” That usually means a company is open to being – or looking to be – acquired....

Intel’s Sandy Bridge Set For Low-Latency Applications

Intel has released its Xeon E5-2600 processor family for servers, bringing its ‘Sandy Bridge’ architecture and Advanced Vector Extension instruction set to enterprise applications, including for low-latency trading. Intel claims that the 2600 can double the performance of computational applications, such as financial number crunching – analytics, complex algorithms, risk management. Implemented on 32-nanometre silicon,...

Q&A: Intilop’s Kelly Masood on Doing IT in Silicon

Not too many traders have heard of Intilop, though its technology is probably widely deployed within the low-latency trading systems they rely on, especially in the areas of network processing. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com spoke to the company’s CEO/CTO Kelly Masood to find out the ‘inside’ story. Q: Can you begin by introducing Intilop and what the company...

New Money for Correlix; But What Next?

While it didn’t make a splash about the event, latency monitoring specialist Correlix last week acknowledged that it has raised further capital from existing investors and hired former Island and Inet exec Richard Wilkins as vice president of sales, a position that has been vacant for a couple of years. Wilkins reports to founder and...

Nanosecond Market Data Feeds – FPGA Centric vs. FPGA Accelerated Designs

The “Microburst” Problem Trading architects face the constant challenge of lowering latency.  Today, this challenge is focused on achieving nanosecond speeds in a deterministic way, even during periods of high market activity, so called ‘microbursts’. In fast moving ‘bursty’ markets, commodity CPUs are no longer capable of offering the lowest latency or tolerating microbursts. Memory...