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McObject, Dell, Mellanox, Kove Set Record STAC-M3 Benchmarks

McObject with its eXtremeDB Financial Edition database has set record STAC-M3 benchmarks running on a hardware platform provided by Dell, Mellanox and Kove.  eXtremeDB is just the second database to be featured in published STAC-M3 benchmarks, the other being Kx Systems’ kdb+.  STAC-M3 – as administered and audited along with other benchmarks by the Securities…

Kx Releases kdb+ 3.0 To Ease Management of Big Data

Kx Systems has released version 3.0 of its kdb+ database, improving performance and simplifying the storage of massive data sets, such as long histories of time series data. The optimised code in 3.0 utilises Intel “Sandy Bridge” processor Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) and Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) instructions to boost performance of calculations. As for…

Q&A: Fiberblaze’s Troels Gert Nielsen on TCP Offload Approaches, Altera FPGAs and Opening Up in The Big Apple

Trading firms – especially those into HFT – are always looking for a technology edge, and customised solutions can provide it. The custom approach is what Fiberblaze specialises in, though that’s not stopping it releasing a more generalised product this month. Embracing Altera FPGAs, and opening an office in New York City is also in…

Hibernia Connects to Amazon Cloud

Hibernia Atlantic is connecting its global network into Amazon’s AWS cloud platform, via the latter’s AWS Direct Connect facility, which provides higher bandwidth and possibly lower costs, compared to internet connectivity. AWS Direct Connect is available at several Amazon platform instances, including those in New York City, Virginia, California, plus London in the UK and…

Corvil Pushes Latency Management Towards Big Data

With an effective storage capacity of 60 terabytes, Corvil’s new CNE-7300 latency measurement appliance can retain tick data over an extended period, potentially making it useful as a data archive for ‘big data’ applications beyond latency management. According to Donal O’Sullivan, head of product management at Corvil, the CNE-7300 will likely be able to store…

Big Data – The Other Side of Low Latency

We write a lot here about the latency of moving data from point A to point B. But latency is also inherent in the processing of that data at points A and B. Most likely, the processing of data is a more complex undertaking than transporting it. And that’s where big data comes in. For…

Q&A: OneMarketData’s Louis Lovas on TCA, Latency and Big Data

Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA) is of increasing importance to trading success and while it is very much a business imperative, implementing it and putting it to effective use relies on a combination of low-latency technologies and big data approaches. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com got the TCA low down from Louis Lovas, director of solutions at OneMarketData. Q: To…

Cloud Platforms Gain Traction in Low-Latency Trading

Cloud platforms – once viewed as suitable only for middle- and back-office operations – are being increasingly adopted to support the front-office. While cloud remains a much overused buzzword, true cloud technologies are now delivering the kind of performance required for low-latency trading, and offer mechanisms to marry business return to technology investment. This topic…

Thomson Reuters Continues Build Out of Elektron Data Delivery Infrastructure

Thomson Reuters has built out its Elektron data feed infrastructure with a third data centre in Chicago to support the Elektron Real Time low latency consolidated data feed – it has already deployed it in London and New York. The company has also added delivery of direct feeds from Canadian exchange venues to its Elektron…

Amazon Taps SSDs For High Speed Storage and Analytics

Amazon Web Services has introduced High I/O instances for its EC2 compute cloud, leveraging solid-state disks (SSDs) to speed up storage I/O. The SSDs can deliver 120,000+ read and 80,000 write operations per second. Although pitched at companies providing consumer apps, such performance would help to make AWS more attractive to running financial analytics, perhaps…