Insight for the Algorithmic Enterprise

STAC® provides technology research and testing tools based on standards developed by the STAC Benchmark™ Council,
a group that includes leading financial firms and other "algorithmic enterprises" as well as key technology vendors.

Latest News

First STAC-A2 results on cloud-based Sklyake instances

Beat each preceding STAC-M3 submission in over 50% of the baseline benchmarks in 1:1 comparisons

First STAC benchmarks of a container/orchestration framework

New records in all performance benchmarks and the energy efficiency benchmark

Servers with Skylake processors and Optane drives set multiple STAC-M3 records

Worst-case absolute accuracy  of -0.5 +/5.5 nanoseconds for timestamps from any port on a single device

Featured Events

Fall 2017 STAC Summits

Another successful round of STAC Summits has concluded. These events in three cities focused on artificial intelligence; C++ optimization; time sync measurement standards; new ways to scale up Python analytics; architectures for strategy backtesting; realities of public and private cloud with high-performance workloads; the future of low-latency, long-distance communication; low-latency FPGA solutions; and much more.

To see the agendas and slides from the events, click on the appropriate link below:

(Slides are for members only.)

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...