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High Frequency Trading (HFT) is all about speed and getting as close to zero latency as possible. The faster you can run trading strategies and algorithms for analyzing price discrepancies and executing trade orders, the higher your chances are of winning against the competition.

Zero latency in High Frequency Trading is the ultimate goal and here are some of the reasons why:

  • HFT capitalizes on infinitesimal price discrepancies that might exist only for a minuscule period. 
  • HFT manages small-sized trade orders to be sent to the market at high speeds, often in milliseconds or microseconds.
  • HFT algorithms try to predict any pending large-size orders by sending multiple small-sized orders and analyzing the patterns and time taken in trade execution. (https://bit.ly/3ywB1JY)

Although reaching zero latency is yet to be achieved, there are techniques that can get your HFT firm as close as possible. Getting your High Frequency Trading (HFT) servers closer to the exchanges has been proven to be successful in decreasing software execution times, round-trip times, and computing optimizations. Top-of-the-line hardware and network configuration are just as important.

Along with zero latency, here are some other crucial HFT needs:

  • High-speed HFT servers, that require regular upgrades.
  • Co-location – a facility that places your HFT servers closer to the exchange servers, further reducing time delays.
  • Real-time data feeds – to avoid time delay that may impact profits.
  • Advance Computer algorithms.

As a hardware vendor, we have invested in a team dedicated to analyzing computing elements and accelerating them to optimize for HFT servers. What we have recently found is that CPU optimization does not always achieve the fastest speeds for certain HFT tasks. With that in mind, we have turned to working with FPGAs and GPUs to help achieve lower latencies. 

CPU structure is complex, which leads to a lot of overhead as well as architecture delays. FPGAs are not bound to these problems. Everything being in parallel makes it both faster and more fault-tolerant when it comes to particular elements of the High Frequency Trading solution. 

Since  the release of NVIDIA Tesla, and specifically “CUDA”, any developer can now develop code, executing it by using GPU resources. This made it very interesting for High Frequency use cases. With CUDA, GPUs became extremely useful in achieving parallel computing (at the data level). 

Technical advances and technical optimizations in HFT servers are key to succeeding in getting close to zero latency. With new possibilities of FPGA and GPU elements, as well as particular CPU enhancements, the hardware aspects of HFT servers have very exciting potential. 

ICC is a market leader in overclocked, low latency HFT servers. For us, designing an overclocked server doesn’t stop after hardware selection. Hundreds if not thousands of tweaks, variations, and tests are done in the relentless pursuit of shaving nanoseconds off the compute time.

Every ICC overclocked server runs the MPrime test for 24 hours, testing with high-stress key components of the system such as the memory and CPU. Other tests are run as well, including SysBench, SysJitter, GSAT, Intel MLC, and others – all with the goal of leaving no stone unturned in the quest for extreme performance.

Contact us to learn more about our low latency HFT servers, offered in a variety of form factors and configurations, featuring all of the customizations unique to ICC’s approach of developing high-end servers.

 

VEGA™ R-116i | Liquid-Cooled Overclocked Server

Ideal For HFT, MODELING & FORECASTING, RISK ANALYSIS, FINANCIAL STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

DESCRIPTION

CPU SERIES

CPU

MEMORY

HARD DRIVES

SLOTS

FORM FACTOR

PSU

Less Cores / High Frequencies

1x Intel® Comet Lake-S
1x Intel® Rocket Lake-S

10-core i9-10900K @ 5.3 GHz
8-core i9-11900K @ 5.2GHz

Up to 128GB DDR4

Up to 2x 2.5"

PCI-e 1x 16 or 2x 8

1U Rackmount

Redundant 600W

VEGA™ R-118i | Liquid-Cooled Overclocked Server

Ideal For HFT, MODELING & FORECASTING, RISK ANALYSIS, FINANCIAL STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

DESCRIPTION

CPU SERIES

CPU

MEMORY

HARD DRIVES

SLOTS

FORM FACTOR

PSU

Workhorse Overclocked System

1x Intel® Cascade Lake-X

18-core i9-10980XE @ 4.8 GHz />14-core i9-9990XE @ 5.0 GHz

Up to 128GB DDR4

Up to 4x 2.5"

PCI-e 2x 16, 1x 8, 1x 8

1U Rackmount

Redundant 1200W