FPGAs used to trade stock

Here’s an example of FPGAs being used in a serious application: high-frequency trading (HFT), the execution of computerized stock trading strategies. The device pictured above is the HFT-X Development Kit by Stone Ridge Technology. Under the hood this device sports one Xilinx PCIe Bridge FPGA, one Xilinx Virtex-5 Processing FPGA, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 1G, 10G, IB Ethernet ports and JTAG programmability. This is where high tech meets high finance!

Stone Ridge says:

For C programmers the kit is available with the ImpulseC Co-Developer C-to-HDL compiler and a Stone Ridge developed reference design that will speed progress on your proprietary innovations. You can start programming the system right out of the box in familiar ANSI-C. For HDL coders, the kit includes IP cores for PCI-e, Ethernet, DDR memory, reference designs and a clean API to get you started.

For those wishing to delve deeper, you can download the API Manual.

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  1. Looks like cool kit, but IMHO high-frequency trading is as useful to society as spam (and somewhat more dangerous).

  2. If you’re going to clobber the stock market, you should clobber it hard. Why stop with just one FPGA? You’re not going to make billions with that. This board with 16 V5’s should do the trick…

  3. Where are you gona to find a quant ,to program one of them.
    I could imagine it should be well suited for derivative’s
    Imagination is exaxtly what our thrashed market needs
    to reboot. I think it was Seymore Crays Imagination that
    created DOW’s Super Dot.

    On that note> I think SRT has go’nas’…

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