Activ Financial has introduced a new hardware-accelerated product for low-latency exchange feed processing, ActivFeed MPU, which the company claims will prove cost-effective for financial institutions.
According to Activ, ActivFeed MPU provides a highly cost-effective, scalable ticker plant solution that will dramatically reduce systemic latency and deliver significant total cost of ownership benefits to financial firms that process direct exchange feeds.
Activ feed handlers are amongst the fastest available in the industry. Our new silicon based solution will take us to the next level in terms of both latency and throughput to enable us to deliver greater business value to our clients, said Frank Piasecki, president of Activ.
Activ Financial is porting its market data ticker plant solution directly onto silicon using an FPGA co-processor and AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport technology.
The amount of general purpose hardware needed to handle projected message rates for top-of-range systems is growing. The new MPU approach could potentially reduce an eight to 12 server installation into a single hardware-accelerated device, added Mike Dunne, Activ CTO.
The key issue for most of our clients is latency, he continued. Our software systems were among the first to break the millisecond barrier. We are now looking at order-of-magnitude improvement on that performance metric, and that is just a starting point.