High-Performance Computing Innovation at Optiver & AMD

Optiver & AMD revolutionise financial markets with high-performance computing solutions, with a goal to ensure faster access to data vital for the industry

Optiver is using AMD’s high-performance compute engines, to advance its work in improving financial markets. 

Optiver is solving technical challenges in capital markets, to build more advanced systems for financial markets, using AMD EPYC™ processors, AMD Solarflare low-latency Ethernet adapters, AMD Virtex™ FPGAs and AMD Alveo™ adaptable accelerators. 

AMD empowers enterprise solutions at Optiver

AMD helps enterprise customers to face the challenges of today with a robust portfolio of solutions. 

Data Centre Magazine recently honoured AMD’s Dr Lisa Su, Chair and CEO, with our Lifetime Achievement Award. She also features in Top 10: Women in Data Centres in the US

The AMD products which support Optiver to modernise its infrastructure include:

  • AMD EPYC CPUs, which offer exceptional performance for cloud, enterprise and HPC workloads and offer cutting-edge and energy efficinet security features with AMD Infinity Guard. 
  • Optiver uses the AMD Solarflare X2 series Ethernet network adapters, which ensure high-performance electronic trading environments, with a low-level control of network interfaces at the application level.
  • The AMD Virtex™ UltraScale+™ VU23P FPGA which help Optiver accelerate its systems.
  • Alveo Accelerators, such as the AMD Alveo U55C and Alveo UL3524 adaptable accelerator cards, which deliver a 7X latency improvement over previous generation FPGA technology.

Optiver and AMD redefine high-performance computing standards

Optiver’s Alexander Itkin, US Chief Technology Officer, sees the team of researchers and engineers as being driven by a common vision: building systems that make financial markets better.

"We are constantly pushing the limits, whether it’s challenging the speed of light to minimise latency or building world-leading computational scale,” he says. “We need computing infrastructure that enables us to navigate the complexities of the capital markets in nanoseconds. For us, this is only possible with high-performance products from AMD, which help us successfully and continuously adapt to financial markets."

“Our ultimate goal was to get faster access to data and information that is critical to meet the unique needs and workflows that the financial industry demands,” adds Kevin Sprague, US Hardware Lead at Optiver. “The high-performance Alveo ultra-low latency cards are critical to helping us move more information, faster. Our collaboration with AMD helped us develop the products and features our industry demands.”

Archana Vemulapalli, Corporate Vice President, Commercial Enterprise for AMD feels that AMD is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of commercial customers with a robust and diverse portfolio of compute engines, that enable impressive performance and energy efficiency; two critical components of the modern data center.

“Our work with Optiver is a great example of how we work together with customers to push the limits of what is possible, while demonstrating the capabilities of an AMD commercial solution and how it can address both present-day and future challenges for our customers,” says Archana.


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