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In 2021, High Frequency Trading (HFT) industry market size, measured by revenue has reached over $6 billion

High Frequency Trading needs and the HFT servers that help to address these needs by generating millions in profits a fraction of a cent at a time, continue to evolve in 2021. The demand for HFT applications is increasing in large investment banks and firms offering hedge funds, subsequently creating growth opportunities in the industry. (see the full report here)

With updates in FPGA and the continuous evolution of CPU technology as well as constant network and low latency optimizations ICC has and continues to help our customers in reaching optimal tick-to-trade (tick-to-order). 

High Frequency Trading Goes Crypto

High-frequency trading is no longer limited to stocks and forex markets. With the latest spike in popularity of cryptocurrency, stemming in part from the economical uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in HFT’s algorithmic trading capabilities. 

Cryptocurrencies are decentralized currencies, with no physical markets and data centers, instead of operating through a network of servers.

Crypto exchanges such as ErisX, Huobi, and Gemini are trying to attract large algorithmic traders with colocation offers. Placing trading servers physically close to exchanges’ matching engines can win an edge on speed. This helps HFT firms make large profits in the legacy markets. (see the full article here)

In order to gain a co-location advantage similar to that of traditional markets, high-frequency traders use cloud-based virtual private servers (VPSs), which allow them to run their algorithms directly from the internet. This practice is extending to more and more ETFs and companies around the world, including India, Amsterdam, and London.

ICC Cryptocurrency Solutions | Fastest Time to Mine

ICC’s expertly developed cryptocurrency systems are designed for providing energy-efficient and professional-grade mining solutions for the most popular digital currencies.

ICC Crypto Servers

Key Features

  • 92 PSU Support
  • 9Custom Chassis
  • 9Rack-Mountable
  • 9Superior Air Flow
  • 9Up to 11 GPUs
  • 9Preinstalled OS

Low Latency is Still Key

With profit and loss being a time-critical element, low latency remains the ultimate goal. With the newer CPUs, newer chassis, backplanes, and network topology optimizations, ICC has the solutions in 2021 that continue to enable our clients.

ICC Features Line of Low Latency HFT Servers

VEGA R-116 | 8 Cores @5.3GHz

Vega R-116i

Key Features

  • 9Less Cores/High Frequencies
  • 91x Intel® Rocket Lake-S CPU
  • 98-core i9-11900K @5.3GHz
  • 9Up to 128GB DDR4
  • 9Up to 2x 2.5”
  • 9PCI-e 1x 16 or 2x 8
  • 91U Form Factor
  • 9Redundant 600W

HFT Servers & FGPAs

With the fast-moving stock market and trading events over the last month, High Frequency Trading has become more instrumental than ever. Speed, money, trade times are all relevant components for the system. HFT servers are built for time and speed and the faster the outputs, the better the results. In 2021, technology continues to evolve and ICC remains on top of the best performing high frequency servers.

FPGA technology, as well as networking components, continue to evolve. Depending on your specific HFT use case, we can put together the optimal system for your needs.



FPGA System

Powerful PCIe expansion solution for High Frequency Servers engineered for environments with essential needs for serviceability and availability features.


  • 4 single width cards or 2 double width.
  • 150w power/slot (single width configuration) with auxiliary power cables.
  • Slots support any combination of x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCIe cards.
  • Sliding card carriage provides access to PCIe cards without removing enclosure from cabinet.
  • Individual card power control.

Centralized management with:

  • IP connectivity
  • USB connectivity
  • Fan monitoring
  • Temperature monitoring
  • PSU monitoring

HFT Challenges in 2021

A worldwide global chip shortage is now extending as far as car manufacturers and beyond and presents a real challenge to manufacturers of HFT servers. The COVID-19 supply chain issues, especially in regards to semiconductors, are causing delays in the delivery of all services that have a chip-based element. Most of the mainstream manufacturers are calling it a boiling point. 

Analysts and some suppliers of ours are saying that this chip shortage may last through some period in 2022 and we are doing our best to minimize this effect. The fact a semiconductor-based factory setup can take over a year to put online, most of the experts suspect that late 2021 or early 2022 will be when this issue minimizes.

Here at ICC, we are at the highest tiers with many of the key partners in the space (processors, chassis, storage devices) and therefore we get access even in the face of shortages.

ICC ships both domestically and internationally with a variety of couriers for your needs.