Hardware Accelerators Are One Way to Help Wall Street, Companies Say

September 24, 2008

Can hardware acceleration save Wall Street? Well, not as quickly as a multibillion-dollar bailout might, but there was plenty of discussion at this week's HPC on Wall Street conference about the advantages specialized hardware can bring to market analysts and traders. Sellers of these products were all over the place, their booths were busy, and several sessions on the subject were standing-room only. Read more…

By Dennis Barker

Banks and Outsourcing: Just Say ‘Latency’

September 24, 2008

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. Read more…

By Derrick Harris

Intel: CPUs Will Prevail Over Accelerators in HPC

September 24, 2008

While hardware accelerators continue to show impressive performance results for supercomputing workloads, Intel is sticking to its CPU guns to deliver HPC to the broader market. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Microsoft Aims Newest HPC Offering at Wall Street

September 23, 2008

When profits drop, businesses look to boost productivity and performance -- and nowhere is that demand more urgent right now than on Wall Street. Yesterday, about 60 blocks north of the scene of the recent financial meltdown, Microsoft announced it has released its latest product to provide that boost: Windows HPC Server 2008. Read more…

By Dennis Barker

The Quantitative Models Tanked Too

September 23, 2008

The confluence of the U.S. financial meltdown and this week's High Performance on Wall Street conference in New York might be one of those coincidences that's trying to tell us something. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Accelerating Financial Computations on Multicore and Manycore Processors

September 22, 2008

Multicore processors promise improved computational efficiency, but achieving high efficiency execution on these processors is non-trivial. Moreover, in the financial industry, time is literally money, so high-productivity software development is just as important as efficient execution. Read more…

By Michael D. McCool and Stefanus Du Toit

GPUs Finding A New Role on Wall Street

September 22, 2008

Despite the carnage from this year's financial crisis, the arms race in algorithmic trading is likely to continue. Behind that competition are a variety of high performance computing technologies, such as commodity clusters, FPGA accelerators and Blue Gene supercomputers. One of the new kids on Wall Street is GPU computing, a technology that is making inroads across nearly every type of HPC application. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Beep, Beep, Ka-Ching

September 22, 2008

On the eve of the annual High Performance on Wall Street conference, it's ironic that the words "high performance" and "Wall Street" can be perceived as an oxymoron this week. Is it possible, though, that the very financial crisis we're in may bode well for increased investment in HPC? Read more…

By Diane Lieberman

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