Financial Services

With high frequency trades being executed in microseconds, the ability to minimize the delay between market data arrival and issuing the trade is key…

financial_servicesFinancial applications must account for a variety of challenges. These applications require ultra-low latency feed handling as well as ever-faster analysis/data correlation. They should also attain maximum performance per watt to minimize energy and thermal requirements. Many applications also require a scalable architecture to enable “FPGA Farm” implementation. BittWare offers FPGA-based PCIe COTS solutions to address the challenges of developing financial applications for the financial acceleration/HFT (High Frequency Trading) market.

BittWare’s ultra-low latency hardware platforms are based on the industry leading Arria 10 and Stratix V FPGAs from Altera.  These PCIe cards offer the industry’s highest performance FPGAs with over 1 TeraFLOPS of processing, CPU offload, the highest performance transceivers, and optional TOE (TCP/IP Offload Engine) for network and algorithm acceleration. With maximum processing performance per watt to minimize energy and thermal requirements and QDR II/II+ combined with 10GigE straight to the FPGA (no conversion to XAUI) for ultra-low latency, BittWare’s PCIe boards are a robust solution for Financial Acceleration applications.

BittWare is a financial application partner for Altera, providing Altera’s customers with fully-tested, deployable Altera 10 and Stratix V-based COTS hardware for financial applications.

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BittWare Solutions to Financial Application Challenges

BittWare’s ultra-low latency hardware is based on Altera’s industry leading Arria 10, Stratix V, and Arria V FPGAs and provides CPU offload, the highest performance transceivers.  With maximum processing performance per watt to minimize energy and thermal requirements and up to 100GigE straight to the FPGA for ultra-low latency, BittWare’s PCIe boards are ideal for applications in trading, market data/feed handling, risk analysis, and acceleration.

  • Industry-leading high-performance FPGAs with over 1.5 TeraFLOPS of processing
  • 100GigE, 40GigE, and 10GigE straight to the FPGA (no external PHY) for ultra low latency, saving hundreds of nanoseconds
  • Maximum processing performance per watt
  • PCIe-compliant deployable slot-cards for blade server systems
  • Complete FPGA development platforms: server-based, slot-card, and multi-FPGA high-performance computing
  • Proven hardware that works out of the box, with validation, verification, and control software in place
  • FPGA Development Kit with proven, hardware-specific IP
  • Finance-specific FPGA IP for network or CPU acceleration
  • Long standing FPGA platform vendor with a history of proven, successful, on-time supply
BittWare’s PCIe board platforms are based on the Altera Arria 10 GT/GX/SX, Arria V GZ, and Stratix V GX/GS, which are industryleading FPGAs with up to 1.5 TeraFLOPS of processing. The boards provide up to 100GigE straight to the FPGA (no external PHY) for ultra low latency, saving hundreds of nanoseconds. Providing maximum processing performance per watt, these PCIe-compliant deployable slot-cards are proven solutions that work out of the box, with validation, verification, and control software in place.

Financial Application Ready Integrated FPGA Platforms

BittWare offers complete systems for developing and deploying FPGA applications.  The PCIe Financial Acceleration Platform (PRDP-FN) is an application-ready server platform specifically design for Financial Acceleration and High Frequency Trading applications.  This platform features IBM and HP server systems with PCIe 3.0 expansion slots and arrives tested and configured, enabling designers to quickly deploy their financial IBM_logoapplications. BittWare is an IBM Industry Solution Reseller (ISR) and an HPBusiness Partner, which ensures that OS and application software and all platform components including chassis, processors, memory, disk drives, internal storage, and FPGA boards work together seamlessly. BittWare’s TeraBox is an ultra high-performance FPGA platform ideal for network/packet hpprocessing and high performance computing (HPC) applications.  Featuring up to sixteen of the largest Altera Arria 10 or Stratix V Family FPGAs, the TeraBox offers 20 TeraFLOPS of processing power, along with 6.5 Terabits/sec of memory bandwidth and 1.28 Terabits/sec of I/O – all in a turnkey rackmount solution.

 

OpenCL Support

The Open Computing Language (OpenCL™) programming model is now supported on Altera’s Stratix® V FPGA architecture and BittWarepreferred_board_for_opencl_logo’s Stratix V FPGA COTS hardware, providing an incredibly powerful solution for system acceleration. BittWare’s S5PH-Q board is optimized for the most current Altera device architectures and design software and is supported by Altera’s SDK for OpenCL. OpenCL dramatically simplifies FPGA development by enabling designers to code their systems and algorithms in a high-level C-based framework. This gives developers access to the latest generation of high-performance FPGAs on a validated PCIe board, while also significantly reducing their time-to-market by using OpenCL kernels to target Altera FPGAs. BittWare is a preferred board supplier for Altera OpenCL, and Altera has certified the S5PH-Q to support the OpenCL SDK.


FPGA Based Network and Algorithm Acceleration

Many of BittWare’s customers in the financial sector provide system solutions for financial acceleration. The challenges in this space are unique:

  • Require ultra-low latency feed handling
  • Faster analysis/data correlation
  • Maximum performance/watt (minimize energy and thermal requirements)
  • Desire for scalable architecture to enable “FPGA Farm” implementation
Two different scenerios exist for this type of application. In both examples, the FPGA in the customer’s high frequency trading application receives market data via 10GigE from the financial institution. The FPGA decodes, parses, and filters the feed; and optionally keeps the books. In the first example, the FPGA then runs trade/risk algorithms; and manages orders. The CPU is used for system management. Orders are sent back to the financial institution via the FPGA over Ethernet. s5pe_HFT_ex2 In the second example, the FPGA runs proprietary analysis algorithms, while the CPU runs trading algorithms and performs order management processing. Orders are sent back to the financial institution via the CPU over Ethernet. s5pe_HFT_ex1   BittWare’s PCIe cards based on the Altera Stratix V GX/GS, the industry’s highest performance FPGA with over 1 TeraFLOPS of processing, are ideal solutions. The boards provide 10GigE straight to the FPGA (no external PHY) for ultra low latency, saving hundreds of nanoseconds. Providing maximum processing performance per watt, and optional TCP/IP off-load engine (TOE), these PCIe-compliant deployable slot-cards for blade server systems are proven solutions that work out of the box, with validation, verification, and control software in place.

Fixnetix iX-eCute Trading System Second Phase Solution

Fixnetix, a global managed services provider for trading, market data and risk control, came to BittWare looking for a solution for the second phase of their iX-eCute trade execution and pre-trade risk service. The company provides outsourced services for ultra-low latency trading, market data, hosting and infrastructure connectivity as well as risk management solutions to leading global banks, hedge funds and proprietary trading groups. Like most financial applications, Fixnetix had very specific requirements for their iX-eCute trade execution and pre-trade risk service product which was originally designed in 2010 using Xilinx technology. The company was embarking on a technology refresh to take advantage of increased performance from a more powerful FPGA technology and they were looking for a COTS board design company to provide a solution for these next generation products. They came to BittWare. The leader in Altera FPGA-based technology and the first to market with an Altera Stratix V PCI Express card, BittWare worked with Fixnetix to create a complete solution. The final result included a BittWare S5-PCIe PCIe-compliant deployable slot-card card based on the Altera Stratix V GX with large banks of DDR3 memory, and FPGA Development kit with proven, hardware specific IP. You can read more about Fixnetix and their iX-eCute trade execution and pre-trade risk service on their website, www.fixnetix.com.


Financial Solutions Partners

BittWare has partnered with the leading suppliers for financial acceleration and validated their IP on BittWare hardware.  For information on the products and services available, contact BittWare.

 algoLogicLogo Market feed handler and low latency gateway libraries. www.algo-logic.com
argon Electronics and software design services specialising in multimedia and FPGA-based high performance trading www.argondesign.com
AtomicRulesLogo2008092604 Custom IP development, example UDP, precision timestamping, PCIe, networking. www.atomicrules.com
partner-enyx IP Cores designed specifically for financial applications. www.enyx.fr
fixstars Multi-core software OpenCL™ development services. www.fixstars.com
IBM_logo IBM System x® Servers for Application-Ready Financial Platforms. www.ibm/partnerworld
impulse1 OpenCL™ Concierge Design Services from a US company that has helped hundreds of mil, aero and commercial teams accelerate their applications on FPGA. www.impulseaccelerated.com
partner-indelabs 2nd Gen feed handler IP (X-Feed) and customization services for financial applications. www.indelabs.com
partner-intilop Ultra-low latency TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) IP for financial acceleration. www.intilop.com/tcpipengines.php
partner-lewiz Ultra low latency, multi-session TOE IP cores. www.lewiz.com
paconsulting Hardware acceleration solutions for portfolio valuation in financial acceleration applications www.paconsulting.com.
 stoneridgetech OpenCL™ development services. www.stoneridgetechnology.com
tamba Ultra low-latency ethernet and Interlaken cores www.tambanetworks.com
Trenton server computing systems. www.trentonsystems.com


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