Cisco preps rack servers with AMD EPYC to speed up electronic trading


Cisco and AMD announced on Monday innovations that can help boost high frequency trading using AMD EPYC processors in Cisco’s Nexus ultra-low latency architecture.

The Nexus approach allows trading comparisons in the nanosecond range, considered critical in applications used by major brokerage firms.

One element of the high frequency trading architecture is Cisco Intersight, a SaaS-based technology designed to help users with visibility and control over IT infrastructure. With Intersight, Cisco said customers can gain easy access to innovative features in EPYC processors.

AMD’s EPYC 7003 processors will run in Cisco’s Unified Computing System rack servers, the C225 M6 and C245 M6. Both expand Cisco’s AMD portfolio first announced in 2018.  The servers will be available in the next 90 days, Cisco said, but pricing was not revealed.

Cisco’s ultra-low latency architecture is based on technology Cisco acquired through its Exablaze acquisition first announced in December of 2019.

Cisco claimed the new servers with AMD processors are the leading end-to-end system for high frequency trading. Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy said in a statement that the combination of new technology from both companies “offers quite possibly the fastest trading platform in the world.”

 Separately, Xilinx recently announced a new Alveo programmable network interface card family along with Vitis Networking software, which includes accelerated algorithmic trading (AAT), a reference design for developers to deliver sub-microsecond trading performance.  AAT is free for Alveo customers.

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AMD announced in October it is buying Xilinx for $35 billion in stock.

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