It’s all about speed: Algo Logic lanches ultra low latency system for datacenters

Gateware Defined Networking (GDN) products and solutions provider Algo-Logic Systemshas today announced the launch of an ultra-low-latency 10G/40G/100G Key/Value Search (KVS) solution capable of running on multiple Altera Stratix V platforms.

According to the company, Algo-Logic’s KVS solutions leverage GDN on the Altera Stratix V to load balance and perform lookups with the lowest latency, highest throughput and the least packet processing power consumed. Deploying GDN 10G/40G/100G KVS solutions save network operators transaction time, infra-structure costs and datacenter power resulting in significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

This development is likely to be met with direct competition from developers in the institutional sector, but also nowadays faces an increasing onslaught from firms aiming to provide retail FX traders with an a solution that can enable them to gain an advantage over other market participants, as highlighted by Argon Design’s recent launch of a full trading platform which includes functions from real time market data ingestion through algorithm support to FIX-based order placement which went live in May this year.

Argon Design claims a latency of just 32 nanoseconds via Tamba Networks’ terminal latency 1G MAC.

Quite clearly, the barrage of discourse which is being leveled at technology providers and trading desks alike with regard to low latency algorithmic and high frequency trading by regulators in Europe can only work to the advantage of North American trading desks which are at will to utilize home-grown technology and execute trades at the highest speeds that their systems can muster without a disapproving curtailment from the powers that be.

The KVS reference design solution Key performance metrics are listed below:
· 150 million searches per second (MSPS) per core, scalable to 600 MSPS with 4 cores per FPGA
· Latency of less than 1 microsecond which is ~45x less latency compared to software sockets
· Line-rate network interface speeds of 10GE, 40GE and 100GE without dropping packets
· Power consumption rate of less than 0.52 µ-Joules/message which is ~21x less than sockets
· Table sizes ranging from 96k entries On-Chip to 12M entries per core with Off-Chip DDR3

Algo-Logic’s 2nd generation KVS solution performs 150 million searches per second (MSPS) enabling wire-speed 100 Gbps packet processing. Moreover, by instantiating four cores, our customers can search 600 MSPS to support up to 400 Gbps of traffic using a single programmable logic device. Consequently, the 2nd generation KVS technology increases by orders of magnitude the search capabilities of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Hosting Service Providers (HSPs), Software-Defined Networks (SDNs)/OpenFlow, datacenters, big-data processing systems, accelerated finance systems, network security devices, VOIP switches, firewalls, routers, financial analytics and virtualized cloud computing systems.

“This algorithmic KVS on Altera 100G Stratix V GX Board collaborative effort provides industry leading performance, lowest latency, highest throughput and the lowest power data search solution for datacenters,” said Mike Strickland, director for Altera’s computer and storage business unit.

“Our high performance and low latency KVS solutions running on Altera’s 100G Stratix V GX board provide the most cost-effective gateware accelerated search capabilities for Telecom ESNs, IPv4/IPv6 addresses, web cookies, stock market order IDs and N-Tuple rules. The technology is ideal for speeding up block store caching, NoSQL databases, Memcached and DynamoDB implementations,” said John Lockwood CEO of Algo-Logic Systems, Inc.

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