By Deana Coble, IBM Redbooks
We all know the line “time is money,” but in today’s business we count it in microseconds! If you want every microsecond to make money for you, then IBM has a proven solution in the IBM System x3750 M4. The x3750 M4, powered by four Intel Xeon E5-4600 processors and up to 1.5TB of RAM, is built to enhance response times, a true racer in the competitive financial world such as the NYSE, and the x3750 M4 reduces the bottom line on the expense reports for power usage and space.
The numbers tell the whole story and the specifics of achievement and response times are in! The Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) M3 Benchmarks on the IBM System x3750 M4 shows you the money. Our recent benchmark using Kx Systems kdb+ 3.1 showed that the x3750 M4 offers leadership performance in the National Best Bid and Offer (NBBO) benchmark. Read more about the benchmark in the STAC report.
For the specifics on architecture, setup, and tuning see the new paper from IBM Redbooks, STAC-M3 Benchmarks on the IBM System x3750 M4. But to save you time and peak your interest – here is a short list of proven results:
Average execution latency as low as 3.0 microseconds and faster vector calculations provide first mover advantage for financial market firms
The use of advanced processor features found in the Intel Xeon E4-4600 processors such as Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) 4.1 and 4.2, and Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2), enabling significantly faster vector calculations
IBM’s low-latency tuning expertise and presence in global financial centers combine to minimize support issues
Memory speeds 25% faster than Intel specifications for RDIMMs and LR-DIMMs
Solid-state drives (SSDs) that support up to 100 times more I/O operations per second (IOPS) over typical hard disk drives
The x3750 M4 offers PCI Express 3.0 I/O expansion capabilities that improve the theoretical maximum bandwidth by almost 100% compared to the previous generation of PCI Express 2.0
Predictive Failure Analysis monitors and detects in advance of possible failures and the Integrated Management Module Version II monitor, alert, and perform recovery actions together increasing uptime and minimizing downtime.
Power consumption savings using newer cooling technology and design
The benefit of using the x3750 M4 is extreme low latency and consistent performance allowing firms to act with speed on profitable trading opportunities before their competitors. It isn’t only the benchmarks; experience also tells this story:
“Intel’s rapid progression in core-count per socket is great news for firms who seek ultra-low latency in the smallest possible physical package,” says Lee Fisher, VP, Technical Marketing, Redline Trading Solutions. “IBM has enormous expertise in tuning systems for low latency, and offers support in financial centers worldwide.” Fisher adds, “We test our software extensively on IBM System x, configured according to guidance from the IBM Wall Street Center of Excellence. Our IBM clients can also configure their servers in the same recommended way to achieve the expected performance. In our experience, IBM System x servers deliver predictable high throughput and low latency based on their high-performance design, build-quality, and integrated network adapters.”
Read the System x Case Study on Redline’s use of IBM System x3750 M4.
Read the IBM Redpaper, STAC-M3 Benchmarks on the IBM System x3750 M4.
Deana Coble is an IBM Redbooks Technical Writer. She has worked over 20 years in the field of technology and collaborates with IBM subject matter experts to create IBM Redbooks publications on a variety of systems..