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STAC® improves technology discovery and assessment in the finance industry through dialog and research guided by
the STAC Benchmark Council™, a group of leading financial firms and technology vendors.

Latest News

35%  higher instrument-simulations per second than previous record holder despite 70% fewer servers

OpenShift-based system showed same (record) mean latencies as bare metal

A Z-SSD solution beat or equaled a solution based on 3D XPoint drives in 7 of 17 mean response-time benchmarks

Faster mean response times than all previously published best results for 5 of the 17 operations

Backtesting price-performance of Spark/AWS with and without data acceleration

2.4x the previous best throughput of a system using 5 nodes

Featured Events

Spring 2018 STAC Summits

The Spring 2018 STAC Summits are now open for registration:

STAC Summits bring together industry leaders from top financial and technology firms to discuss ways to meet important engineering challenges in finance using innovative technologies. Challenges like alpha generation, risk management, trade execution, time-sync compliance, and other business imperatives involving fast data, big data, and big compute.

Recent Blogs

What will happen if all the major banks burst out to a handful of public clouds at the same time to meet the enormous computing requirements of new regulations? Your kids may not be pleased....

The STAC-TS Working Group has poured a lot of effort into developing standards and software for demonstrating timestamp accuracy to the satisfaction of European regulators concerned with RTS 25 of MiFID 2. Much of that effort has concerned software-application timestamps. App timestamping is central to many firm's plans but is one of the most misunderstood issues with RTS 25.

It was great to see packed houses in London, Chicago, and New York at the STAC Summits this past May and June (in fact, there was 15% higher attendance by user firms than 2015!). For those who couldn’t make it, I thought I’d share a few photos.

Hot Topics

Time Sync & Event Capture

Complying--and proving you comply--with new regulations in the EU and US.

Public and private cloud

Research and dialog into cloud services and cloud frameworks

Quant finance (big data/big compute)

Making both compute- and data-intensive analytics faster and more cost effective

Ultra-fast networking

Smaller and smaller latencies tend to matter more and more

Artificial Intelligence

Using neural and non-neural techniques to automate prediction and correlation

Storage & memory revolution

A "Cambrian explosion" of new architectures...