Activ: Cut Networking to Cut Latency

Activ president Frank Piasecki says the latency of the core ActivFeed MPU—Activ's hardware-based ticker plant, which can process the equivalent of double the volume of the Options Price Reporting Authority's datafeed in under 100 microseconds—is measured in single-digit microseconds. "Most of the latency today is in the networking of the hardware stack," Piasecki says.

However, he says the vendor plans to eventually migrate its software feed handlers into its hardware accelerator, removing th

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