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The Trading Mesh

June 2012

FPGA & Hardware Accelerated Trading, Part One - Who, What, Where and Why?

June 25, 2012 Comments (0)           

This is the first part of a six-part series by Mike O'Hara, looking at the usage of FPGAs and other types of hardware acceleration in the financial trading ecosystem.
Although FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology has been around since the mid-1980s, it is only within the last two to three years that it has been adopted to any real extent in the financial markets.
Originally developed for the defence and telecoms industries, FPGAs are basically a type of computer...