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NSE Moves Trading Platform to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series

NSE Moves Trading Platform to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series

National Stock Exchange moves its NSX BLADE* trading platform to the Intel® Xeon® processor and boosts speed by 25 percent

For electronic stock exchanges, trading platforms are the family jewels—a primary means of differentiation in the marketplace and the focus of countless hours of work and innovation. Exchanges think long and hard before migrating them to a new processor architecture—but sometimes the performance advantages of a new processor are too compelling to resist. When the National Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX) premiered its NSX BLADE* trading platform in 2006, it ran on non-Intel-based infrastructure. Now, NSX is shifting to the Intel® Xeon® processor 5570 and, by its own estimate, is gaining end-to-end speed-ups of 20 percent to 25 percent and higher.

Challenges
• Latency, stability, growth. NSX needs high-performance, extremely reliable infrastructure to support efficient, low-latency trading on its NSX BLADE platform. With trading volumes soaring, scalability is also a priority.

Solutions
• Intel Xeon processor 5570. NSX is moving its BLADE trading platform to Sun* and HP* blade servers based on dual-socket Intel Xeon processors 5500 series with 47 GB of RAM, Intel® PRO Gigabit server adapters, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4*.
• Intel tools and expertise. NSX used Intel® compilers and software tools to optimize performance. Intel technologists offered tips ranging from testbed design to card and driver settings.

Read the full NSE Moves Trading Platform to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series Case Study.

NSE Moves Trading Platform to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series

National Stock Exchange moves its NSX BLADE* trading platform to the Intel® Xeon® processor and boosts speed by 25 percent

For electronic stock exchanges, trading platforms are the family jewels—a primary means of differentiation in the marketplace and the focus of countless hours of work and innovation. Exchanges think long and hard before migrating them to a new processor architecture—but sometimes the performance advantages of a new processor are too compelling to resist. When the National Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX) premiered its NSX BLADE* trading platform in 2006, it ran on non-Intel-based infrastructure. Now, NSX is shifting to the Intel® Xeon® processor 5570 and, by its own estimate, is gaining end-to-end speed-ups of 20 percent to 25 percent and higher.

Challenges
• Latency, stability, growth. NSX needs high-performance, extremely reliable infrastructure to support efficient, low-latency trading on its NSX BLADE platform. With trading volumes soaring, scalability is also a priority.

Solutions
• Intel Xeon processor 5570. NSX is moving its BLADE trading platform to Sun* and HP* blade servers based on dual-socket Intel Xeon processors 5500 series with 47 GB of RAM, Intel® PRO Gigabit server adapters, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4*.
• Intel tools and expertise. NSX used Intel® compilers and software tools to optimize performance. Intel technologists offered tips ranging from testbed design to card and driver settings.

Read the full NSE Moves Trading Platform to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series Case Study.

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