AMD Backs STAC Lab As Innovation Sponsor

15 July 2008

The Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC®) today announced that AMD (NYSE: AMD) has become an official Innovation Sponsor for the Manhattan-based STAC Lab. AMD is also a member of the STAC Benchmark Council.

The STAC Lab is a research facility where end-user firms can try out new technologies under simulated trading conditions. It contains advanced load-generation mechanisms, precise timing equipment, market data, and test tools pre-integrated with many of the products to be tested.

As an Innovation Sponsor, AMD will provide the lab with its latest products for testing securities industry workloads such as market data, analytics and execution.

AMD’s multi-year commitment to the STAC Lab will enable customers and industry partners to design high-performance solutions using AMD products and to test those solutions using official STAC Benchmarks. STAC will add several AMD processor-based products to its "Racked-and-STAC'd" list, the inventory of hardware and software products ready for customer projects. This includes servers supporting the latest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors in 2-socket and 4-socket configurations.

As a member of the STAC Benchmark Council, AMD will contribute to specifications under consideration by the Council’s participating trading firms. The Council currently consists of 40 securities and technology firms who are defining industry-standard ways of measuring latency, capacity, power efficiency, and other key performance attributes of solutions used in the trading process.

Peter Lankford, Director of STAC, said: "We are very pleased to have AMD’s support for the efforts of STAC and the STAC community. AMD has a long track record of performance innovation, and we look forward to helping trading firms take advantage of the latest AMD products to improve their trading speed."

"As a firm believer in customer-oriented benchmark standards, AMD is excited to join the STAC Benchmark Council as an Innovation Sponsor in the STAC Lab,” said John Fritz, director, strategic software alliances, AMD. "With capital markets focusing on increasing the speed and volume of transactions, the AMD Quad-Core Opteron processor delivers trader firms competitive advantages with scalability and high-throughput responsiveness. We look forward to helping securities firms quantify those benefits quickly through the use of STAC Benchmark specifications and the STAC Lab.”

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