Stephanie Hammer looks at hardware acceleration and why it matters to more than just low-latency firms
Developments in hardware
technology are helping traders shave off microseconds from
their round-trip times. Many trading firms, banks and other
market participants already utilise what’s
commonly referred to as "hardware acceleration" to enhance
their performance. However the combination of falling
technology costs and intense competition is driving more
companies to investigate.
This article takes a look at
the latest developments in hardware acceleration, how trading
firms and other market participants are using it to enhance
their businesses - and simultaneously improve safety in the
marketplace. Hardware acceleration is encouraging more firms to
bolster their emergency risk controls because they can now work
at ultra-low latencies – thereby debunking a common
argument against their use.
If you’re not
latency-sensitive, don’t switch off. Hardware
acceleration can be harnessed by many different types of firms
that are less latency-sensitive too. It can help firms more
quickly identify opportunities, reduce their time to market for
new strategies and do a better, and faster job of managing
complex risk calculations.
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