It was only because LinkedIn reminded me of an anniversary, that I spent some time digesting the last 12 months. It was around this time last year that Nick Rogers, MD of Exacta Technologies and I started collaborating together on a skunk-works project, formed outside of his main, and highly successful business building appliances for software companies.
High Frequency Trading, HFT, requires hardware and performance that's not available in typical off-the-shelf server packages. For that reason, the industry uses overclocked server hardware. HFT isn't without risks. BlackCore Technologies takes the view that buying overclocked hardware shouldn't be one of them.
High frequency trading, HFT, is about chasing high performance. Accelerated algorithms place a premium upon it. So does BlackCore Technologies and the team of engineers and development technicians we employ. Right up there on our list of product requirements though is reliability.
If you're into high frequency trading, HFT, you need to get into this too. If you have an application that needs the hottest wheels you can find to run it, listen up. If you want flat out performance for reasons you'd rather keep to yourself, where do we sign?
Overclocking server hardware to extract more performance than the hardware designers intended is easy and it's fun. Best of all, you end up with a high performance trading computer that runs rings around all of you competitors and practically prints money for you. You can produce hardware just like BlackCore in your spare time. Hey, you can even sell the system to other traders.
1: BlackCore Technologies wouldn't exist if we hadn't got to hear just how unreliable overclocked trading systems are. We'd been extracting mega performance and fire-and-forget levels of reliability from our hardware for years. People doing real time image processing loved it. It was problem free. Why shouldn't HFT run the same way we thought.