Financial data speed record broken

IBM breaks record for processing financial data

September 16, 2009

IBM breaks record for processing financial data

IBM today announced a new technology benchmark for the financial services industry, delivering the fastest recorded throughput performance and lowest network latency on Reuters Market Data System v6.0 (RMDS).

The measurements, achieved using the IBM BladeCenter HS22 server, enable financial services firms to process 1.3 million market data updates per second, while maintaining a latency of less than 1 millisecond, allowing faster decision making with an infrastructure that can respond quickly to changing market conditions and events in real time.

“The new generation of System x and BladeCenter solutions redefine how x86 clients can address today’s challenges with servers that have less than half the power consumption, one-third the management cost, and more than twice the performance,” said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “This industry-leading performance is exactly what our financial markets clients need to help them improve service, reduce cost and manage risk to create a more dynamic infrastructure.”

The benchmarks were completed through collaboration among Thomson Reuters, Intel and IBM, and break previous performance records by achieving a throughput of 4.02 million updates per second on the Point-to-Point Server (P2PS) RMDS v6.0 infrastructure component producer 50/50 fan-out test.

“The performance of the Intel Xeon 5500 processor series dramatically improves the throughput of this benchmark beyond previously tested platforms,” said Garry Thall, district manager, Intel Americas, Financial Services.