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Issue 6: Low Latency – Are You Performing?

Even as the financial markets undergo unprecedented turmoil, the drive to lower latency shows no sign of abating. Why is this? Put simply, it’s because low latency technologies enable those competing in the financial markets – whether they be sell-side firms, buy-side firms, exchanges or alternative trading venues – to run ahead of the pack. And to win. Such concepts are explored in the round table debate inside, and we thank those that participated for their insight and wisdom.

Also inside are two takes on the world of low latency. Ian Salmon from Fidessa explores how latency impacts the process of order routing, especially seeking out best execution in new fragmented markets. In short, without low latency architectures, these new markets could probably not exist.

Exploring latency from a technology angle is Neal Weiss of Sun Microsystems. Until recently, storage and latency have been at odds with one another. Now, with the advent of solid state disks, that divide is being overcome.

Read contributions from Fidessa, Sun Microsystems, Clearsight Networks and RTI.