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Low Latency Trading Platform Design & Development

Client

Hedge Fund

Function

Trading Technology

Asset Class

Futures

Geography

London; Gibraltar

Duration

6 months

The Ask

The client had a co-located trading platform which was no longer competitive. The main goals of the project were to:

  • Analyse and identify bottlenecks in the existing architecture;
  • Improve end-to-end latency; and
  • Advise on the type/location of hardware and the most efficient front-end and trading system.

After an initial analysis of the legacy system, the client decided to build a new platform tailored to specific needs to reduce latency and to ensure existing functionalities
are preserved.

Methodology

The engagement was broken down into three phases and delivered using GreySpark’s bespoke methodology:

Phase 1 established a baseline through an in-depth audit of the current situation.

Phase 2 analysed areas for improvement and provided options for architecture optimisation and software improvements.

Phase 3 focused on implementation and testing functionality followed by the handover of the new solution to the client.

Outcome

GreySpark delivered:

  • A bespoke designed and developed trading platform;
  • Full system documentation and performance reports to enable client management of the platform; and
  • Ad-hoc support on an ongoing basis.

GreySpark Delivered Benefits

  • The client received a new platform tailored specifically to its needs and designed in conjunction with the expert advice and experience of GreySpark.
  • Post-implementation analysis proved that the system performed better than similar, off-the-shelf products.
  • The client can rely on GreySpark to provide ongoing L1 to L3 support of the platform.

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