Interconnect latencies have been generally recognized as a limiting factor for high-performance computing applications in and among cloud centers, but a variety of protocol innovations have appeared in the marketplace to clear this hurdle.
In the algorithmic trading business, speed is literally money. An extra microsecond of latency between the market feed and the trading application could be worth a million dollars to a large investment bank or hedge fund.
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After a couple years spent losing latency battles to Infiniband, Ethernet is poised to win the war.
A common critique of external cloud computing services is that big-time IT users, like major corporations and financial institutions, are nowhere near getting on board. That might be true for the new breed of “cloud” services, but for the financial services sector, at least, outsourcing is far from a dirty word.
On the scene at Monday’s High Performance on Wall Street conference, Dennis Barker reports that last week’s turmoil was on everyone’s mind, but the mood could have been a lot worse. Instead, the topic du jour was speed: faster transactions, faster data feeds, faster analysis, faster reporting and faster applications.