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

2-socket Power8-based stack sets multiple performance records

Leading-edge performance for this amount of CPU cores and server memory on an Intel architecture

Initial price-performance comparisons of ten different EC2 instance types.

Fastest kdb+ system in 7 of the 17 response-time benchmarks

Featured Events

Jun 2015 STAC Summits

The Spring 2015 STAC Summits are now open for registration. STAC Summits are the leading forums where innovative technologies come face-to-face with important engineering challenges in finance.

2015 is not short on challenges. The sell side needs to free up capital by demonstrating better risk management to regulators, while preserving capital by reducing costs. The buyside is pursuing new data and analytics, while aggressively automating not just trade execution--where robots are driving latency lower across more asset classes and geos--but also the development of trading strategies themselves. And both sides face new demands to guard against detrimental actions of insiders and outsiders. <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.

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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...