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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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I CAN HAS MPI

April 1, 2013 at 5:01 am PST

The Cisco and Microsoft joint Cross-Animal Technology Project, a well-established player in the field of multi-species collaborative initiatives, is pleased to introduce its next project: a revolution in High Performance Computing (HPC): LOLCODE language bindings for the Message Passing Interface (MPI).

CATP believes that cats are natural predatory programmers.  Who better to take advantage of all the world’s spare, unused computing cycles than cats?  They’re at home when we’re not.  They’re clever, they can problem-solve, and they have lots of free time on their… paws.

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Latency Analogies

March 31, 2013 at 6:00 am PST

Multiple readers have told me that it is difficult for them to understand and/or visualize the effects of latency on their HPC applications, particularly in modern NUMA (non-uniform memory access) and NUNA (non-uniform network access) environments.

Let’s breaks down the different levels of latency in a typical modern server and network computing environments.

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Social media login no longer required for comments

March 25, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

A number of you complained when blogs.cisco.com switched to requiring a social medial login to leave comments.

It turns out that you were not alone.

Industry-wide, it seems that many people do not want to associate their personal Facebook/Twitter/etc. logins with work-related social media (i.e., this effect was seen at more than just Cisco).  The social media gurus here at Cisco have therefore dropped the social media login requirement in order to leave comments on Cisco blogs.

You can now leave blog comments in the same way you used to — just provide your name and email address.

Yay!

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EuroMPI 2013: papers due soon!

March 24, 2013 at 9:09 am PST

Consider this a public service announcement: don’t forget that EuroMPI 2013 papers are due soon!

EuroMPI 2013EuroMPI is the place to see where the documented standard of MPI hits reality, both in terms of implementations and applications.  Come talk to real implementors, real users, and hear about state-of-the art techniques and performance optimizations.

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