Trading Firms Turn To Videogame Chips To Get Even Faster (Wall Street Journal)

Hardware acceleration has become a hotter and hotter topic in financial services as latencies are now measured in microseconds and codeHardware Accelerationoptimization is starting to hit its limits for the upper echelon of low latency traders.  I authored a TABB Group report on this subject in the summer of 2009, and recently spoke with Hanweck Associates about their use of GPUs to speed up options analytics.  The fact that the Wall Street Journal is covering this also talks to the level of acceptance and adoption that hardware acceleration is seeing.

“When you’re talking about trading where microseconds make a difference, the extra hops within the server can make a difference,” said Kevin McPartland, a senior analyst with research firm Tabb Group.

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