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What time do you call that?

Published in Automated Trader Magazine Issue 19 Q4 2010

Sub-microsecond latency is only impressive if you’re sure all your server clocks are showing the right time. Victor Yodaiken, CEO of FSMLabs, brings us up to date with the latest developments in network-wide clock-watching.

Victor Yodaiken

Victor Yodaiken

Trading system computers may be loaded with extreme processing power, but they are not very good at keeping track of the time of day. The clocks on computers that run trading applications are actually quite unstable - the time they report can drift substantially during the course of even a few minutes.

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