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Insurance Risk Abated with Mellanox Technologies VMA 5.0

May 18, 2011

The demand for messaging acceleration is growing as networking communications are under intense pressure to meet growing volume, eliminate latency and reduce risk. As a result, innovators in this space are continuing to focus on delivering the necessary technologies to support the demand on the network and in the market. Such acceleration provides the necessary insurance that the network can support all necessary functions. 


To that end, Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies, a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, has announced the general availability of the Mellanox VMA 5.0 with enhanced TCP acceleration support. This platform provides the necessary unified messaging acceleration platform for all popular networking communications methods, including Multicast, UDP (News - Alert) unicast and TCP.

The VMA message accelerator has already been deployed and is currently providing strong return on investment benefits for trading firms, capital market institutions and multiple stock exchanges located throughout the world. In working with ConnectX-2 adapters, the VMA 5.0 is designed to deliver the lowest latency, while also boosting the performance of a wide range of finance/trading and Web 2.0 data center applications.  

“As data volumes increase in a variety of financial services and Web 2.0 market segments, data center IT end-users are quickly requiring faster, transparent message acceleration solutions that seamlessly run on their existing high-performance networking infrastructure,” said John Monson, vice president of product marketing at Mellanox Technologies, in a statement. “Mellanox’s VMA can improve performance of any socket based application that requires high packet-per-second rates, low data distribution latency, low CPU utilization or increased application scalability.” 

With the speed of the order execution time, the VMA solution allows exchanges to increase market share over slower competing venues. For traders especially, the faster response time to market positions them well for opportunities and minimizes the impact of pre-trade risk management, which is now required by federal regulations. Applications also extend to the insurance industry as companies seek to leverage their value position in the market. 

A dynamically-linked Linux library, the VMA is designed to accelerate messaging and streaming traffic. The library is used by applications to offload network processing from the CPU of the server, with no changes to the application required. Application traffic is directly passed to the Mellanox ConnectX-2 10GBE or 40GB InfiniBand adapter, bypassing the kernel and IP stack to minimize context switches, buffer copies and interruptions to produce extremely low latency and higher throughput. 

The benefits provided by the VMA 5.0 can be integrated into a wide variety of applications, including insurance risk assessments; market data consumption and distribution; high frequency trading and real-time risk management; caching and data distribution; multi-sensor acquisition processing; and online content delivery and Web applications.

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Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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