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A-Team Demystifies Low Latency

Research Predicts increased investment, commodisation of technology,
adoption of multi-core and grid

A-Team Group, market research, strategic consulting and publishing specialists in financial information technology, today announced the publication of its latest research focusing on the Low Latency financial market data space.

Sponsored by Intel, the research "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet – Low Latency Architectures and Building Blocks For Tomorrow’s Trading Applications" explores the market dynamics that have driven the need for low latency systems and how a set of technologies are being deployed to support different trading applications within financial institutions. The report is designed as a practical guide to assist financial markets technologists in deploying low latency architectures.

Among the ten predictions made in the research report:

• With algorithmic trading spreading geographically and into new asset classes, increasing market data volumes and fragmented liquidity as drivers, investment in low latency architecture will increase substantially during 2007 to 2009.
• Basic functions such as datafeed handlers, in-memory databases, messaging middleware and data fabrics will become increasingly commoditised. Vendors will enrich products with higher food chain functionality to sustain and grow margins.
• Software products will increasingly make use of n-core chipsets and be grid-enabled.

"Only when the low latency challenge is considered across the functions of the trade lifecycle can one identify all the parts to the equation of performance edge.

Intel used this concept for the positioning of its latest Core micro-architecture which underpins the Xeon 5300 processor – lab tests have shown this to deliver an immediate 50 per cent performance improvement for financial applications," commented Nigel Woodward, Head of Financial Services, at Intel.

As well as market and technology predictions, the 116-page research report covers the financial market dynamics that drive the need to built low latency systems, includes an overview of the technology building blocks that make up such systems and provides practical advice on systems selection and deployment.
Profiles of more than 20 technology vendor profiles are included in the report, with coverage of market datafeed handlers, messaging middleware, data fabrics and event stream processing offerings. Together, these components can be deployed and integrated to form complete low latency architectures.

Alongside the research and with support from Intel, A-Team is launching a web portal providing continuously updated news, thought leadership and resources for those involved in low latency systems deployment.