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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.

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Highest throughput and efficiency for any publicly reported system to date

Skylake-based servers set multiple records in STAC-M3 Shasta benchmarks

32.7x the throughput of a larger Hadoop streaming cluster.

Spark throughput was highest when managed by IBM Spectrum Conductor with Spark.

Highest throughput to date for a system with a single CPU, GPU, or other co-processor

Solution breaks more than half the records in both baseline and scale benchmarks

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Fall 2017 STAC Summits

The Fall 2017 STAC Summits are now open for registration:

STAC Summits bring innovative technologies face-to-face with important engineering challenges in finance like alpha generation, risk management, trade execution, regulatory compliance (including MiFID 2 time sync), and other business imperatives involving fast data, big data, and big compute.

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Recent Blogs

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.

Focusing RTS 25 compliance exclusively on clock sync is like preparing your child for an entrance exam by simply ensuring she has sharp pencils. Necessary? Yes. Sufficient? Hardly.

Last week, ESMA said its MiFID II rules may take an extra year to implement. Steven Maijoor, ESMA's chair, said that "building of some complex IT systems can only really take off when the final details are firmly set in the [regulations]." I don't know which part of the 552-page regs he's referring to, but based on just two little sections called RTS 6 and RTS 25, I can see what he means.

Hot Topics

Time Sync & Event Capture

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

Big Data

Use cases, new technologies, benchmarks, and more.

Ultra-fast networking

New entrants stir things up while incumbent vendors enhance their products

Computational Finance

Accelerating analytics, parallelizing code, getting more calculations per watt...

Tick Data & Backtesting

New hardware and software, debates over parallel file systems, and much more

PCIe Flash

New products, changing economics, new interfaces...