Videogame technology is being adapted by Wall Street in a bid to speed up the execution of trades.
A Wall Street Journal story claims that more and more firms are implementing field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), graphics processing units (GPUs) and cell processors (like in the PlayStation 3)—technology taken from the aerospace, medical and gaming fields—as they attempt to shave microseconds off of transactions.
The newer technologies take pressure off a computer’s central processing unit (CPU) and operating system, allowing computers to operate faster.
Technology introduced by Nvidia a few years back is making the task a bit easier:
Programming hardware remains a hurdle but is getting easier. That is especially the case in the GPU arena, because it has benefited from development of Open Computing Language, which enables programs to be written in such a way that they will work across CPUs and GPUs. Nvidia Corp., a maker of GPUs, several years ago added technology into its GPUs that helps those knowing how to program CPUs to also program GPUs.