Hey, the guys over at Sun’s HPC Watercooler are right: writing headlines is half the fun.
Sun announced this week that servers running Solaris 10 with dual core AMD Opteron (R) 2.8 GHZ processors processed a financial transaction load database with a latency of only 511 microseconds. This, I’m told, is a good number.
From the release
The benchmark tested the capacity of the 8-socket Sun Fire x4600 server to handle the industry’s heaviest market data workload through the Wombat Market Data Platform under two distribution scenarios from the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA). OPRA data rates are the most challenging in the industry, and the most likely to lead to server sprawl in customer data centers. During testing, the Sun Fire x4600 server running the Solaris 10 OS delivered an impressive per-server Wombat throughput of OPRA data with 359,000 updates per second. At this rate, two x4600 servers at full utilization could accommodate OPRA’s total capacity upgrade in January 2008. Wombat’s software was selected for the benchmark because it is generally regarded as the fastest and widely used market data platform in the algorithmic trading market.