Heavy Metal


There's a new heavy metal sound reverberating down the corridors of banking IT departments since last year. Talk of hybrid grids and hardware accelerators is turning into action.

"We all started out with dedicated grids of Windows or Linux, for equities or fixed-income analytics," says Ryan Bagnulo, head of architecture and innovation at Wachovia Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB). The bank then consolidated this into a pool of high-end, low-power, multi-core Intel CPUs to shrink the

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