Posts about Low-Latency Transport

When I was a kid, spying was something countries did to maintain the upper hand in war, trade negotiations, bragging rights and financial gain. The tools of the spy trade included listening/recording devices, super telephoto lenses, a submarine, a stylish and aloof international man or woman and, most importantly, a very fast car, plane or speed boat. At least, that’s what the James Bond movies led us all to believe ...
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The stakes are very high; the margin for error is very low, and the technology choices and strategic tradeoffs are complicated and nuanced. Such is the terrain of decision-making that financial Information Technology (IT) managers must negotiate in connecting buildings to support a low-latency trading strategy.
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So, in the drive to wring even the tiniest inkling of latency from your trading network, you’ve painstakingly identified the shortest routes between trading venues, information feeds and co-location facilities. Cognizant that eliminating a mile of physical fiber on these routes translates into a 16-microsecond savings in roundtrip latency (and that the difference between winning and losing deals in contemporary electronic trading is measured in much smaller increments), you’ve mapped routes that bypass as many detours under roads and up and down manholes as possible.
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Speed has always been crucial to successful trading. However, for firms engaged in electronic and algorithmic trading, the speed of the trading infrastructure is almost as important as the trading algorithm itself. Most discussions involving latency optimization revolve around various equipment such as feed handlers or servers that process market data, order management, analytics and risk.
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