Sun and OPRA, Voltaire's real-time trading play, and IMSL

In this enterprise supercomputing update Voltaire announces two significant partnerships aimed at lowering latency in real-time trading systems, Sun womps the OPRA benchmark, and IMSL comes to Intel's Fortran for Windows.

Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at

Sun, Wombats, and OPRA

Sun announced this week that its 8-socket Sun Fire x4600 server runing dual core AMD Opterons processed a financial transaction load database with a latency of only 511 microseconds.

The benchmark represented

the industry’s heaviest market data workload through the Wombat Market Data Platform under two distribution scenarios from the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA).…During testing, the Sun Fire x4600 server running the Solaris 10 OS delivered an impressive per-server Wombat throughput of OPRA data with 359,000 updates per second. More on this enterprise HPC news item…

IMSL’s Fortran library now works with Intel Visual Fortran for Windows

Visual Numericsannounced this week that version 6 of their IMSL Fortran library now works with Intel’s Visual Fortran Compiler 10.0 for Windows. This provides a reasonable path for those enterprises and small science and engineering organizations that need the support advantages of staying with a Windows environment and want the workflow advantages of a modern development environment. More on this enterprise HPC news item…

Voltaire aims at real-time trading

InfiniBand provider Voltaire has two announcements related to the real-time trading markets today out of the SIFMA Technology Management Conference.

First, SUSE Linux Enterprise Real-Time from Novell is going to support InfiniBand, with the companies partnering on customer support.

The solution integrates the industry-standard, open source OFED 1.2 InfiniBand software deep into the SUSE operating system to increase messages per second and reduce overall system latency for faster data processing. To further extend the InfiniBand performance benefits, Voltaire is providing additional software packages to bring application acceleration and high availability to the InfiniBand fabric.

The Voltaire solution is also available for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 for customers who do not require real-time capabilities in the operating system but still need high-throughput with the reliability of lossless data transfer.

Second, Voltaire, HP and Intel teamed up on a solution that delivers market data 50% faster than before for Reuters.

This optimized configuration consists of Reuters Market Data System and the Reuters Tick Capture Engine (RTCE) installed on HP ProLiant BladeSystem c-Class servers with Intel® Xeon® processors and Voltaire Grid Director™ InfiniBand-based switches with Voltaire’s data acceleration drivers. The Reuters Market Data System is the leading direct exchange feed integration and distribution platform installed at over 2,500 Reuters customers and powering some of the largest automated trading applications in the financial industry.

For these guys, it’s all about latency and volume.

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