McObject Accelerates eXtremeDB Financial Edition’s Database Clustering Performance With Mellanox VMA

20 June 2016

McObject®, developer of the eXtremeDB® Financial Edition database management system (DBMS), and Mellanox, a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions and services, announced benchmark test results documenting a more than tripling of throughput when using eXtremeDB Financial Edition’s clustering capability, resulting from the integration of Mellanox’s VMA Messaging Accelerator Software as part of the interconnect between cluster nodes.

Results ranged from a 3.57x increase in transactions-per-second lent by VMA Messaging Accelerator over “plain vanilla” Ethernet in a single-threaded eXtremeDB Financial Edition clustered database configuration, to improvement of 2.11x with eight parallel execution threads. The tests used the Cluster Demo application included with McObject’s database system, configured with two cluster nodes connected via Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 Pro 40Gb Ethernet adapter.

Viewed another way, the tests documented VMA Messaging Accelerator reducing DBMS latency (time between the start and conclusion of transactions) by almost 72% in the single-threaded configuration, and by more than 50% with eight threads.

Businesses adopt clustering DBMSs – which spread database processing across multiple hardware nodes – to increase throughput and scalability, and reduce system expansion costs (via the addition of inexpensive, i.e. “commodity,” servers). Compared to other clustering DBMS solutions, eXtremeDB Financial Edition delivers additional cost-effectiveness with lower up-front licensing costs, and by minimizing deployment and operational complexity. In addition to native language (C/C++, Python, Java, C#) interfaces, eXtremeDB Financial Edition offers industry-standard SQL and ODBC APIs that enable a wide range of ODBC-compatible applications to take advantage of the combined Mellanox VMA/ eXtremeDB Financial Edition solution’s higher performance at a lower cost.

“Diverse capital markets systems ranging from algo trading to risk management and market surveillance benefit from eXtremeDB Financial Edition’s clustering capability to maximize speed and scalability via distributed architectures. The new benchmark data with eXtremeDB Financial Edition and Mellanox VMA Messaging Accelerator demonstrates a ripe opportunity for optimization in such systems, with exciting potential for our users,” said Chris Mureen, McObject’s chief operating officer.

“Mellanox VMA, in conjunction with the ConnectX family of adapters, provides lower latency than any other Ethernet adapter using TCP/IP for applications like high frequency trading, databases and in-memory caching,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “With VMA acceleration, eXtremeDB Financial Edition can unlock performance for low-latency data distribution or high packet rates in DBMS-based applications. This results in faster execution, lower response time and higher return on investment.”

Mellanox VMA, an open-source software product, provides a unified acceleration platform for all applications using standard network protocols such as TCP and UDP, improving application-to-application performance and latency. VMA leverages advanced capabilities of the ConnectX series of adapters by offloading sophisticated network processing tasks – which would otherwise consume expensive (in performance terms) CPU resources – to intelligent network adapters. This, in turn, unlocks the performance of compute and storage infrastructure and improves efficiency in a wide range of applications – both in capital markets and in other demanding fields – including:

  • Consumption and distribution of market data feeds
  • High frequency trading and real-time risk management
  • Online content delivery and web applications
  • Multi-sensor data acquisition processing

eXtremeDB Financial Edition is McObject’s DBMS for capital markets. It combines core eXtremeDB strengths with specialized features for working with time series data (including market data), to slash latency and build reliability and scalability into systems that meet the need for faster and more accurate trades in today’s highly automated financial markets. Exchanges, technology providers and trading organizations rely on McObject’s technology to deliver the fastest analytics for making real-time decisions.


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