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

Mean half-round trip latency through aggregation and layer 1 of just 0.06 microseconds.

Solution sets 4 new STAC-M3 records‏

Cray submits unaudited results for liquid-cooled, dense compute node

2-socket Power8-based stack sets multiple performance records

Featured Events

June 2015 STAC Summits

Judging by attendance and feedback, the Spring 2015 STAC Summits were a huge success. 

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. This round of Summits had lively discussions on the technology impact of the intensifying search for alpha, new programming languages and new hardware for quantitative computing, the latest low-latency hardware, using technologies like Spark and Lustre for strategy backtesting and tick data, what cybersecurity means for high-speed trading, data on how public clouds handle high-performance workloads, and much <more>

Recent Blogs

Some people learn their word-of-the-day from calendars and web sites; I am lucky enough to interact with financial services technologists who bring their own colorful language. As an example, the response I got from one when I asked about SQL-on-Hadoop: chimera.

Our recent research on “big data” use cases uncovered many large financial services firms using Hadoop and other technologies to build “multi-tenant” analytics platforms—that is, shared environments meant to support multiple independent applications. In some cases, these platforms are being built in advance of demand, trying to preempt individual businesses from deploying

It's true. STAC has officially joined the 90's. ... Why start blogging now, you ask?

Hot Topics

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...