Algorithms Engulf Wall Street

January 19, 2011

Automated trading software runs amok. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Appro Slings Overclocked Server for High Frequency Traders

October 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

High Frequency Trading in Japan on the Uptick

August 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. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Scaling the New Bar for Latency in Financial Networks

August 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. Read more…

By Brian Quigley

Voltaire Launches InfiniBand-Ethernet Bridge

January 26, 2010

Voltaire has announced the Grid Director 4036E, a new QDR InfiniBand switch that includes a built-in Ethernet gateway. As such, it acts as a network bridge that hooks together QDR InfiniBand and 10 GigE infrastructure, all implemented inside a 1U box. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Arista Finds Niche in High Frequency Trading

September 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Solace Systems Sets the Pace in the Race to Zero Latency

September 14, 2009

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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Computer-Trading Worries Grow as NYSE Builds New Datacenter

August 3, 2009

Wall Street pushes ahead with plans to accelerate computer trading. Read more…

By Jon Stokes

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