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

Single-socket system beats larger systems in efficiency and almost alll systems on speed

96-core server sets records in all 15 required benchmarks of STAC-M3 Shasta

Initial results using the Julia language

5.5x to 212x better than prior best results in the scale benchmarks

44-core solution beats other Intel 2-socket servers in warm runs of the baseline Greeks benchmark

Featured Events

Spring 2016 STAC Summits

The Spring 2016 STAC Summits were a huge success. Attendance by financial firms was up 15% over the 2015 average, and other indicators of user engagement set new records.

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.

Planning is currently underway for the Fall 2016 STAC Summits. The agendas are currently in formation. If you have suggestions for topics, please contact us.

Recent Blogs

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.
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.

Hot Topics

MiFID 2 Time Sync

Complying with the new regulations by the deadline--and proving you comply

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...