Optimizing Layer 1 for Latency, Democratized Queuing, and Failover
As end point termination devices go: first there was the hub, then a bridge, followed by a switch, which was somewhat displaced by the router. While the hardware evolved, the basic flaws did not. These hardware devices simply weren’t designed with the trading end user in mind. Each adds latency, slows execution, and queues up non-deterministically – potential nightmares for electronic trading firms.
Enter the Relay
This patent protected adaption of the FPGA platform solves for all the above inefficiencies. We designed the Relay over 24 grueling months from the ground up specifically with trading clients in mind. The end result optimizes layer 1 for latency and democratizes queuing & fail-over. In fact, the Relay delivers zero queuing cross customers at the bit level
The Relay PS700 (Packet Sharing) patent # 9,036,654 B2, issued 5/19/15
The current queuing system used in order entry is first-in-first-out, also known as round robin, muxing/demuxing. Client packets are queued up in line and wait for the packets that arrived before them to be transmitted. This system can erode latency gains a network provides, especially during heavy volume times.
Our patented Relay IT700 revolutionizes this entire process. Working on the bit level, as opposed to packet level, our clients’ data is transmitted the instant it arrives in queue. There is no waiting. It’s zero queuing on the bit level across all customers and without any frame size penalties.
The Relay SH700 (Self-Healing) patent # 8,964,739 B1, issued 2/15/15
Wireless networks do not need to experience a complete outage for data to be lost. In fact, most data loss happens on the individual packet level, eroding trading opportunity and profitability.
The Relay SH700 works by simulcasting duplicate data over one or more RF channels with a fiber channel at the nanosecond level. The data is sequenced as individual packets from the sending side through the receiving end. If a packet fails to arrive, thus leaving a hole in the sequence, the identical fiber packet is automatically and instantaneously inserted. The transmission order sequence is maintained at all times.
The Relay SH700 prevents any packets from being dropped and lost, empowering seamless trading regardless of any transmission issues. It also enables the system to function without engaging a full failover protocol.
The Relay HP700 (High Payload) patent # 9,473,599, issued 10/18/16
Relay HP700 works by caching the headers of transmission packets and re-adding them on the far-end LAN 10Gbps port. This is more effective that header compression, which typically can only reduce packet size by 40, possibly 50%, depending on the compression algorithm.
Conversely, HP700 permits the transmission of profitable trade/market data at greater than three times the information rate as the same frame on a non-Header Cached link.