Since attending this year’s Securities Technology Acceptance Corporation’s (STAC) winter conference in London, I have been going back through the Tick Analytic (STAC-M3) benchmark submissions that have been done since we submitted ours last year. There is an interesting pattern that is starting to become evident, and it’s not looking good for traditional server/storage architectures.
Let’s Talk Tick Analytics
The STAC-M3 benchmark is designed to test a class of calculations common in the financial services industry referred to as “tick analytics”. This suite of 17 tests uses real financial data (1yr and 5yrs worth) to measure how quickly an entire solution can find answers to things like:
- Week/Month/Quarter/Year High bid price over the top 1% of the symbols
- Per-minute basic statistics over 100 minutes for all high-volume symbols on one exchange
- Basic statistics over 100 minute ranges for all symbols on one exchange
We’re not talking about a little data here, as for the full 5yrs of data that’s ≈54TB of capacity that solutions must support. While this could be fairly simple if only high capacity SATA disks were used, the main goal here is speed (not something SATA is generally known for). The data rates during some of these tests reach over 20GB/sec (Big “B”, not little “b”), and here’s where traditional server/storage approaches are showing their age.
How Axellio Stacks Up
Let’s look at the last few submissions of the traditional Server/Storage architectures, and how they compare with Axellio’s FabricXpress™ to see what I mean.
So why would I be seeing a pattern with these systems? Here’s how Axellio’s scores compared to each one of these submissions (there are 17 tests in main workload):
As you can see from the table below, the Axellio STAC-M3 submission has been crushing (or doing unreasonably well) against these solutions that are based around servers, switching, and this is a trend that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
For high performance applications (like tick analytics), new architectures like FabricXpress™ are blowing away the traditional approaches and these results are great proof of it.