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The Supercomputers of Wall Street: Friend or Foe?

Jul 30, 2013 |

Today’s Wall Street is run by quantitative analysts who write the algorithms that run on the supercomputers that make the actual trades, using super high speed network connections to exchanges. While the new system has unquestionably enriched some, the question becomes: Has it benefited the rest of us?

NASDAQ OMX Builds Financial Cloud Platform with Amazon

Sep 25, 2012 |

The NASDAQ OMX group and Amazon Web Services have partnered to develop a cloud platform for financial institutions.

High Frequency Trading Slips Up Once Again

Aug 8, 2012 |

Errant HFT algorithm costs firm $440 million.

Appro Slings Overclocked Server for High Frequency Traders

Oct 12, 2010 |

HPC cluster maker Appro has unveiled the HF1 server, a purpose-built box aimed at the high frequency trading business. The new server incorporates overclocked Intel Xeon “Westmere” CPUs and a self-contained liquid cooling system to deliver the best dual-socket performance this side of a tricked-out gaming machine. Although the risky design isn’t geared for mainstream HPC users, for high frequency traders, it may be just the kind of gamble they are comfortable with.

High Frequency Trading in Japan on the Uptick

Aug 23, 2010 |

High frequency trading (HFT), often called algorithmic or low latency trading, relies on fast computers and even faster networks to execute trades in sub-second and even sub-millisecond timeframes. It has generated massive profits for those firms skilled enough to handle the complexities of the software and hardware. As such, it has become the dominant method for equity trading in the US, but it’s popularity is expanding worldwide, especially Asia. HPCwire got the opportunity to ask Chuck Chon, chief technology officer of SBI Japannext, about the HFT business in Japan.

Scaling the New Bar for Latency in Financial Networks

Aug 9, 2010 |

The bar for what qualifies as a fast connection or “low latency” networking has always been higher in finance than in other areas of corporate networking. It’s never been quite this high, however.

Algorithmic Terrorism on Wall Street

Aug 5, 2010 |

Analysts uncover evidence of high frequency trading shenanigans.

Market Meltdown Still Does Not Compute

May 13, 2010 |

Investigators struggle to ascertain role of computerized trading in stock market plunge.

SEC Chairman Admits: We’re Outgunned By Market Supercomputers

May 11, 2010 |

Role of high frequency trading in market crash still unclear.

Arista Finds Niche in High Frequency Trading

Sep 14, 2009 |

Newcomer Arista Networks has found a comfortable home for its high performance Ethernet switches on Wall Street. Company founder Andy Bechtolsheim explains why Arista’s low latency switches are an especially good fit for the lucrative algorithmic trading business.