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Kx Systems Tears Past the One Million Events per Second Barrier

New release of the performance-leading kdb+ database to help financial firms handle any market's peak data volumes

Palo Alto (August 2, 2005) - Kx systems, leader in high-performance databases and timeseries analysis, today announced worldwide availability of the kdb+ v.2.2 database for Linux, Solaris, and Windows 64-bit operating systems. With a tenfold realtime performance improvement over last year's kdb+ v.2.1, the new release gives financial firms and exchanges mastery over relentless increases in market data volumes.

"At Kx, we like to offer immensely more capacity than even the highest-volume markets, so that our customers can easily scale their program trading, order matching and other high-volume/low-latency applications," said Arthur Whitney, Kx CEO. "As an example, we make it easy for firms to perform full depth-of-book program trading on hundreds of millions of events per day."

Kdb+ enables users to insert, update and query data coming directly from any exchange. But with its 1 million events per second speed, the Kx Systems database also delivers the headroom to go far beyond simply capturing and updating market data. For example, it can simultaneously support many thousands of realtime proprietary analyses on data in memory, update database indices dynamically to speed query execution, and log data to the file system -- all without breaking a sweat. Once saved to disk, massive amounts of kdb+ data can be queried at speeds of 10 million records per second per CPU. Saving streaming data lets firms backtest their strategies and mine market data history for the trading intelligence that leads to competitive advantage.

"Saving streaming data to history also enables financial firms and exchanges to demonstrate compliance, including Reg NMS, as well as analyzing trade or order quality," said Simon Garland, Kx CTO. "Everyone recognizes that there's no holding back the data flood, so we give users a way to navigate it."