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Round-Up: Cisco at HPC for Wall Street

We had a great time at the recent 10th Annual High Performance Computing Linux for Wall Street event in New York on April 8, 2013. This year’s HPC conference focused on speed and cutting-edge advances in network visibility, analytics, and instrumentation. Some of the brightest minds in the financial services industry were in attendance to learn about and discuss the latest technology innovations that help financial trading firms gain a competitive edge.

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I was fortunate to take part in a panel at this year’s conference which discussed how the acquisition and monitoring of data can enable firms to manage risk and compliance in the enterprise. The panel was comprised of moderator Paul Jameson, Managing Director, Global Financial Services, Cisco Systems; Donal Byrne, CEO, Corvil; Jean Hill, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal; and Bruce Cooper, CTO of Liquid Holdings and COO of Green Mountain Analytics.

We covered a lot of information during the conference, but our panel discussion addressed these key topics:

  • Challenges and approaches to establishing low latency at scale.
  • Gaining and applying intelligence to optimize trade strategy execution through analytics and instrumentation.
  • The evolving importance of programmability within the network and software defined networks evolution and application in high performance trading. Read More »

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New Addition to the Cisco MPI Team

May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm PST

I’m very pleased to welcome a new member to the Cisco USNIC/MPI Team: Dave Goodell.  Welcome, Dave!  (today was his first day)

Dave joins us from the MPICH team at Mathematics and Computer Science division at Argonne National Laboratory.

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Presenting Open MPI, USNIC, and Cisco open source at MOSSCon’13

April 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm PST

Midwest Open Source Software ConferenceI was just recently informed that my talk was accepted at the Midwest Open Source Software Conference (MOSSCon).  w00t!

MOSSCon will be held at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on May 18-19, 2013.  It’s being organized by people from the Kentucky Open Source Society (KYOSS) and other open source / maker-oriented groups in Louisville and Ohio.

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Latency Analogies (part 2)

April 8, 2013 at 6:25 am PST

In a prior blog post, I talked about latency analogies.  I compared levels of latencies to your home, your neighborhood, a far-away neighborhood, and another city.  I talked about these localities in terms of communication.

Let’s extend that analogy to talk about data locality.

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Cisco Partners with Industry-Leading Trade Monitoring Vendors to Give High Performance Traders Enhanced Visibility

Today, April 8, 2013, the brightest of Wall Street are meeting at the 10th Annual High Performance Computing Linux for Wall Street event in New York to learn about the latest technology innovations that give financial trading firms a competitive edge. With network latency achieving speeds of less than 50 nanoseconds, this year’s event focuses not only on speed but also on cutting-edge advances in network visibility, analytics and instrumentation. One way Cisco is helping traders gain a competitive edge in this area is by offloading the gathering of analytics data to the network devices, and working with industry leading monitoring firms like Corvil and TS-Associates to decode these new sources of data.

No doubt, high performance trading systems are becoming faster, processing more data than ever before. Network performance is of paramount importance in high performance trading markets where obtaining and acting on real-time equities, options and other financial market information, nanoseconds faster than competitors, may be worth millions of dollars. While complex trading analysis and risk mitigation still need to be performed outside the network layer, significant cost savings and scale advantages can be obtained by leveraging embedded intelligence in the network to enable key functions such as fabric congestion monitoring and intelligent traffic mirroring. Read More »

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