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There is a lot of buzz around FPGA based trading at the moment, and in this post I want to cover why that's the case. FPGAs bring certain benefits that can't be acheived by software running on a CPU, in particular, low latency and determinism. However, where a lot of people find some level of…

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As many of you may be aware, IBM are now shipping their eighth generation of POWER systems. With up to 96 threads and 230GB/s of DRAM bandwidth per socket, POWER8 systems open up new possibilities for many Exablaze customers who benefit from having the fastest systems available. At Exablaze, we've been impressed with POWER8 and

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In this blog I want to go over how some of our hardware can be used for logging and risk analysis. The idea is to give you a feel for how you can do logging and risk analysis with very little latency overhead. The solutions I'm presenting here make use of both the…

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Today I want to bring attention to the fact that the ExaNIC is qualified for use on Supermicro's HFT-Optimised series of servers. The great news here is that when combined with this server the ExaNIC latency improves dramatically - we're consistently seeing a 100ns reduction in latency, which we think is very impressive. Testing on the Supermicro…

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This week I wanted to go over another useful feature of the ExaNIC - hardware based flow steering and load balancing (also known as flow hashing). The ExaNIC can steer received traffic to a number of userspace buffers based on rules over IP or MAC address. It can also be configured to calculate…

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