New Benchmarks with Arista, NetEffect Show Improvements on Ultra-Low Latency Performance in Real World Tests

Ottawa, Canada, April 21, 2009 – Solace Systems, the leading supplier of hardware-based middleware and messaging solutions, today announced availability of the Solace 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) Network Acceleration Blade for use within Solace Content Routers. This new network blade will provide benefits for corporations battling the requirement to simultaneously deal with the rapid increases in data rates and business demand for lower latency in support of applications like algorithmic trading. Solace’s 10 GigE Network Acceleration Blade features two 10 GigE ports for full 10 Gigabit throughput and hardware redundancy on board. As with Solace’s current eight and four port 1 GigE Network Acceleration Blades, the 10 GigE Network Acceleration Blade is fully compatible with all other Solace hardware content blades. This new blade expands the product set to offer companies adopting 10 GigE even higher throughput and lower latency for all their content networking applications.

To demonstrate and measure the capabilities of the new 10 GigE Network Acceleration Blade, Solace and other industry players, such as Arista and NetEffect, an Intel company, published performance results using an end-to-end 10 GigE configuration. Using Arista Networks 10 GigE low latency switching technology, NetEffect 10 GigE adapters on client computers and a Solace Systems 3260 Content Router with the new 10 GigE Network Acceleration Blade for ultra-low latency messaging, tests measured end-to-end market data delivery from the publishing feed infrastructure to the receiving application.

The first test was run at a rate of 500, 000 messages per second to simulate peak US market data rates for all equities, commodities and FX instruments. This resulted in an average latency of 25 microseconds and a 99.9th percentile latency of 41 microseconds. A second test at 1, 000, 000 messages per second was run to simulate typical peak OPRA market data activity. This yielded an average latency of 28 microseconds and a 99.9th percentile latency of 48 microseconds. The third test was run at 2, 000, 000 messages per second to simulate a future requirement for double the current OPRA market data peak resulting in a still very low average latency of 42 microseconds and a 99.9th percentile of 71 microseconds. All tests used 100 byte messages.

“Within high performance applications like market data delivery, every microsecond of latency matters, ” said Ralph Frankel, Solace’s CTO. “The 10 GigE standard will help address both lower latency while simultaneously increasing data throughput rates.”

The 10 GigE standard is currently the highest capacity Ethernet specification and offers ten times higher throughput than 1 GigE. While most consumer and business users still use 100 Megabit Ethernet or 1 GigE interfaces, 10 GigE is increasingly popular with high performance computing architects who require extremely high throughput or ultra-low latency in their applications. Ten GigE networks reduce the amount of network infrastructure required to carry traffic between many servers resulting in corporate savings in network equipment, power, cooling and operations. Industries leading in 10 GigE adoption include financial services, telecommunications, logistics, government services and cloud computing.