SOURCE: Solarflare



October 19, 2009 08:00 ET

Solarflare and Street Response Laboratories Reveal the Results of Joint Testing and Announce a Marketing Partnership

Companies Deliver Superior Solution for High-Frequency, Low-Latency Trading

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - Solarflare Communications, the leader in high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) silicon, today announced the results of joint testing and a marketing partnership with Street Response Laboratories (SR Labs), the leading vendor of market data solutions for high-speed electronic trading.

The collaboration addresses the growing need for high-frequency, low-latency trading to enable the industry's top financial and investment firms to compete in today's rapidly changing capital market. It also includes joint testing of the companies' respective products. Moving forward, Solarflare and SR Labs will work together to deliver hardened, tested, low-latency solutions to customers.

The joint test consisted of a solutions stack, including SR Labs Market Data Distribution Solution (SMDS) and Solarflare's Solarstorm™ SFN4112F 10GbE server adapter. With Solarflare's OpenOnload™ (OOL), SR Labs consistently saw a 7 to 8 microsecond improvement in latency over the standard Linux kernel stack.

SMDS, SR Labs' low-latency market data solution, allows firms to run their proprietary high-frequency trading strategies in process or in a distributed mode, and receive normalized market data from exchanges globally at a very high speed using a unified API.

The SFN4112F is the lowest-latency, lowest-power 10GbE server adapter on the market. When combined with OOL, the Solarflare adapter can achieve TCP/UDP application latency as low as 5 microseconds, and millions of messages per second. By improving the host CPU efficiency, OOL enables applications to leverage more server resources, resulting in dramatically accelerated application performance without any need to rewrite applications or change the existing Ethernet and TCP/IP infrastructure.

Enabling financial trading customers to implement highly predictable systems, Solarflare's 10GbE solutions provide a competitive advantage and offer increased overall speeds, more accurate trading and higher profits. "In the electronic trading markets, every microsecond counts," said Bruce Tolley, vice president corporate marketing at Solarflare. "The partnership with SR Labs is natural because both companies are targeting capital market trading customers who are looking for the lowest latency solution. With our 10G adapter, there is no need for SR Labs or its customers to write to a new API and use specialized hardware, and there is no requirement to run new wire protocols."

"We've seen a high demand for server adapters that have low latency while at the same time supporting standard TCP/UDP and Ethernet protocols. Using the Solarflare server adapter with OOL and SR Labs, SMDS customers can see 7 to 8 microsecond improvement with no additional effort compared to other adapters that require special drivers or proprietary library builds. With Solarflare's OpenOnload deployed on the SFN4112F, we see the latency reduction with a very clean and streamlined implementation," said Sujay Lele, senior software engineer at SR Labs.

About Solarflare Communications, Inc.

Solarflare Communications is a semiconductor company delivering the next level of high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE). As the leading provider of standards-compliant 10GbE silicon, Solarflare's robust and power-efficient solutions are cost effective and easy to deploy. Ready for primetime, Solarflare 10 Gigabit Ethernet makes possible next-generation applications such as cloud computing, server virtualization, network convergence and low-latency networking (with OpenOnload™) for market data applications. The privately held company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a development center in Cambridge, UK, and has announced relationships with Accton, Arista Networks, Citrix, CommScope, Delta Networks Inc., Panduit, SMC Networks and VMware.

For more information on pricing and availability of Solarflare products, contact For general information and to learn more about Solarflare's products, please visit

About Street Response Laboratories

Street Response Laboratories (SR Labs) provides low-latency market data solutions for the financial industry. SR Labs market data solution provides extensive feed coverage including all major North American, European and Asian Exchanges. Presently the flagship products, MIPS, MMDRC and MDRC, which are components of SMDS, are currently used at top-tier investment banks and hedge funds. For more information on pricing and availability of SR Labs' products, contact For general information and to learn more about SR Labs products, please visit

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  • Amy Robinson / Brittney Wolff
    LEWIS PR for Solarflare
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    Dipanjan Chatterjee
    SR Labs
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