Initial price-performance comparisons of ten different EC2 instance types.
Fastest kdb+ system in 7 of the 17 response-time benchmarks
Cloud-based solution sets 5 of 17 response-time records.
Highest energy efficiency and baseline benchmark speed to date.
SQL-based eXtremeDB sets 9 of 17 response-time records with first STAC Benchmarks on an IBM Power system.
Topics included new approaches to realtime analytics, technology learnings from other latency-sensitive industries, new approaches to compute-intensive workloads, tips for developing and deploying parallel applications, advances in low-latency networking, and new approaches to financial time series data and data for regulatory reporting.
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