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

Solution using Lightfleet Datagram Protocol gives lowest tail latencies to date at highest throughput

33% faster in warm runs of baseline Greeks than the fastest non-Intel based solution

System sets 6 new response-time records (11 compared to other 2-socket systems)

4-socket system sets speed records for the baseline workload

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

Featured Events

Fall 2015 STAC Summits

The dates are set for the Fall 2015 STAC Summits in New York, Chicago and London. 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 events focuses on several topics of interest today, including Deep Learning, the latest FPGA acceleration, Python performance, overcoming bottlenecks in big data tasks, programming for heterogeneous architectures, and much<more>

Recent Blogs

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.

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

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...