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Learning From Mistakes: Applying Big Data to Realtime Risk Analysis

by Daniel Wakefield, IMGROUPwww.imgroup.com As the financial sector once again reels under yet more allegations of huge losses (this time at JPMorgan Chase) there is a more than mild sense of déjà vu here at IMGROUP. Yet again, questions are being asked about how one desk, perhaps even one trader, can lose such a significant…

GigaSpaces Points XAP9.0 at Big Data

GigaSpaces Technologies has released XAP9.0 – its application platform – focusing it on real-time big data applications.  Says Adi Paz, GigaSpaces’ EVP of marketing and business development: “What is common to all real-time analytics systems is the need for streaming data processing, alongside batch processing, such as Hadoop provides.  However, building a system for big…

Mellanox, AMAX, STEC Join for Hadoop Appliance

Networking specialist Mellanox Technologies has joined forces with server/storage company Amax and solid state storage vendor Stec in the introduction of the PHAT-DATA40G, an appliance geared to running Hadoop. The appliance includes an Amax server, hosting Intel E5-2600 chips (often know as Sandy Bridge), Mellanox’s 40gE networking and 960 GB SSDs from Stec.  Installation and…

Google Releases BigQuery Analytics

Following about six months in beta, Google has released BigQuery, a cloud-based analytics service that it claims can run SQL-like queries on billions of rows of data “at Google speed.”  The service is being pitched at enterprises looking to run ad-hoc queries on datasets, and leverages Google’s massively parallel cloud infrastructure to acheive its high…

Trading Technologies/MathWorks Partner for Data Intensive Quant Trading

Trading Technologies International, which develops trading systems for the derivatives markets, has partnered with MathWorks, developer of the Matlab data analysis and numerical computation package, to link the two systems so that data intensive quantitative trading algorithms can access realtime pricing and submit orders directly to markets. The Matlab Datafeed Toolbox leverages Trading Technologies’ XTAPI…

Arista Application Switch Extends Choices for FPGA Deployment and Architectures

Last month’s announcement by Arista Networks of its 7124FX Application Switch – which incorporates an Altera FPGA alongside low-latency network switching – has expanded the possibilities for system architects looking to incorporate hardware acceleration by running application code – such as algo trading – on FPGAs. It’s also boosted the industry penetration of FPGA chipmaker…

Study Points to Google Searches for Stock Analysis

Investors should consider the frequency of Google searches for particular keywords when analysing movements in the stock market.  This is one of the key practical recommendations of a new report from researchers at Essex Business School at the University of Essex and Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia which has been published…

StreamBase Debuts LiveView 1.0 Real-Time Analytics

StreamBase Systems has released LiveView version 1.0, a real-time analytics platform for streaming and historical data, which allows trading firms to analyse business events in real time, before they are committed to enterprise data stores. The LiveView Continuous Query Server – built upon StreamBase’s complex event processing (CEP) technology – can consume data from more…

BlackRock Taps Panopticon for “Big Data Challenge”

Investment manager BlackRock is tapping Panopticon for its suite of information visualisation products, including its Developer SDK for Java and .NET, the Panopticon EX enterprise application and the Panopticon Rapid Development Kit.  The tools will allow BlackRock to deploy Panopticon Treemap, Heatmap and other interactive data visualisation tools to support its internal operations and in…

Actian/Lenovo Team for Vectorwise Appliance

Actian and Lenova have announced the Vectorwise Data Mart Appliance, a hardware/software appliance aimed at hosting big data analytics.  The package combines Actian’s Vectorwise columnar database, which has been tuned to run on Lenovo’s ThinkServer platform. Vectorwise has been written to leverage vector-based parallel processing and on-chip cache memory, which is faster to access than…