Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Oct 2010 22:28 UTC, submitted by tux68
Linux "The London Stock Exchange has said its new Linux-based system is delivering world record networking speed, with 126 microsecond trading times. The news comes ahead a major Linux-based switchover in twelve days, during which the open source system will replace Microsoft .Net technology on the group’s main stock exchange. The LSE had long been criticised on speed and reliability, grappling with trading speeds of several hundred microseconds. The record breaking times were measured on the LSE’s Turquoise smaller dark pool trading venue, where trades are conducted anonymously. That network switched over to Linux from Cinnober technology two weeks ago. Speed is crucial as more firms trade automatically at lightning speed, using advanced algorithms."
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ozonehole
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2006-01-07

I see that my post didn't go over well. But I stand behind it. Some of you commenters should have done a little googling before replying. But OK, my mistake for not providing more links (see below).

By the way, if any of you think that I made this comment because I'm "anti-Linux", you've got it totally wrong. I use Linux, and love it. The problem isn't Linux, it's the crooks on Wall Street. The fact that the crooks use Linux (because it's a superior OS) doesn't change the fact that they're crooks.

Yes, HFT does have some positive aspects, as one of the posters above pointed out. But the stock markets (particularly in New York, I don't know about London) are rampant with corruption. Anyone who hasn't heard the term "bankster" by now hasn't been paying attention. These people don't lose any sleep ripping off their own clients.

As above poster also noted, I did propose a solution (putting all trades into a one-minute queue, with whopping big fines for non-compliance). I'm not the first one to think of that, but needless to say, the banksters scoff and say that would be another example of over-regulation. Meanwhile, they've got their second passports and they're filling up their bank accounts in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.

So here are a couple more links (along with a few notable quotes):

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COMPUTERIZED FRONT RUNNING:
ANOTHER GOLDMAN-DOMINATED FRAUD

http://www.webofdebt.com/articles/computerized_front_running.php

...called High Frequency Trading (HFT) or “black box trading,” automated program trading uses high-speed computers governed by complex algorithms (instructions to the computer) to analyze data and transact orders in massive quantities at very high speeds. Like the poker player peeking in a mirror to see his opponent’s cards, HFT allows the program trader to peek at major incoming orders and jump in front of them to skim profits off the top. And these large institutional orders are our money -- our pension funds, mutual funds, and 401Ks...

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Goldman Sach’s High Frequency Trading Scam

http://www.investingblog.org/archives/520/goldman-sachs-high-freque...

One of the biggest market newsmakers recently has been Goldman Sach’s high frequency trading program. The automated system is incredibly complex, using data obtained from the NASDAQ and NYSE markets to front run virtually every trade that happens on the exchange...

Edited 2010-10-22 08:58 UTC

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