Velocimetrics doubles data capture rates for trading analytics
Real-time business performance monitoring and analysis specialist Velocimetrics has announced that its TipOff product can now capture network packets to disk at a sustained rate of 40 Gigabits/sec, almost double its previous performance.
The company says that this performance equates to 40 million messages or market data ticks per second, on a single appliance with one RAID controller. The testing was done on a single 2U Appliance using the AHA374 GZIP compression/decompression card supplied by AHA Products Group. The card compresses the data by up to 80% before it is written to disk for storage and later user investigation. This approach will typically enable five times the amount of data to be stored to disk on a single appliance of this size than if it were saved in its raw format.
“Data centre storage, power and heating are becoming big budget line items for trading firms,” said Steve Rodgers, engineering lead at Velocimetrics. “Today’s announcement presents the potential for significant savings in these areas, whilst also ensuring users can retain all necessary information about trade performance across increasingly complex environments.”
Once on the disk, TipOff can then be used to analyse the data for network, middleware or market data insights. Users can also feed the data directly into their own specific analysis tools, for risk and regulatory evaluations.
Capturing this level of data has traditionally presented considerable cost issues due to the size of appliance, or appliances, needed along with the amount of associated rack space and RAID controllers required. Today’s announcement will enable TipOff users to effectively measure and manage performance by capturing data at multiple points with a single 2U Appliance at almost double the previous rate, of up to 22Gbps. In doing so, presenting considerable data centre rack space, heat reduction and power cost savings.
This combined solution enables TipOff to capture 40Gbps of data from both inside applications and on the network, which is then sent to the AHA card. Employing ASIC technology,