Tag Archives: hardware

How the China hacked spy chip hardware since 2013

 

I am sure you heard about this China spy chip hacking on the server hardware level. It seems the hardware manufactures decided to leave a vulnerability on their motherboard which was for convenience. Read this article to see how it was to hack in like China did. I find it quite interesting how this vulnerability existed since 2013 but nothing was done to patch it!

The spy chip could have been placed electrically between the baseboard management controller (BMC) and its SPI flash or serial EEPROM storage containing the BMC’s firmware. Thus, when the BMC fetched and executed its code from this memory, the spy chip would intercept the signals and modify the bitstream to inject malicious code into the BMC processor, allowing its masters to control the BMC.

 

https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2018/10/04/supermicro_bloomberg/

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/10/data_center_hacking/

Nerdy technical here

https://i.blackhat.com/us-18/Wed-August-8/us-18-Waisman-Soler-The-Unbearable-Lightness-of-BMC.pdf

 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Software is flexible, specialized hardware is extremely fast. Turn it into a computer chip?

From the creator of this project:

Software is flexible, specialized hardware is extremely fast. So why not write software, then turn it into a computer chip?

This is what Hastlayer (https://hastlayer.com/) does by transforming .NET software into FPGA-implemented logic circuits. The result is faster and uses less power while developers simply keep on writing software. You may not be able to tell just by looking at it but behind some function calls now really an FPGA is working!

 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Oracle proposes Java hardware acceleration proposal

Is this a way Oracle ties to their poor hardware sales through Java?

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3191704/java/java-proposal-would-bring-hardware-acceleration-to-bulk-calculations.html

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Will C++ Fastflow be as fast as GPU or FPGA hardware?

Will C++ Fastflow be as fast as GPU or FPGA hardware?

This is the closest I could get for a comparison

http://paraphrase-ict.eu/paperList/hpcc2012

Join my FREE newsletter to see how C++ help in high speed automated trading

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Facebook open source AI hardware

Facebook open source AI hardware

Does it get any cooler than this ?

Facebook Inc.’s use of artificial intelligence, which ranges from tools for image recognition to the filtering of the news feeds for its social network, demands special computing infrastructure. The company recently began building custom servers for its artificial intelligence workload and Thursday announced it would release the designs for that powerful hardware to the world — for free.

To read the entire article, go to http://bloom.bg/1OTNdKj

 

Join my FREE newsletter to see if we can apply this to algo trading 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Hardware considerations for server with C++ Fastflow architecture

Hardware considerations for server with C++ Fastflow architecture

Key is throughput of your concurrent processing of the chips and kind as well

[7:48:26 PM] Bryan Downing: here is what I focus on

[7:48:40 PM] Bryan Downing: i am architecting the system:

[7:48:47 PM] Bryan Downing: as i am a mere mortal with a fixed budget

[7:49:15 PM] Bryan Downing: this system needs SSD (small amount is ok as it will only need some console apps with basic Linux services running)

[7:49:32 PM] Bryan Downing: boatloads of ram to house the data

[7:49:42 PM] Bryan Downing: processor is key but this is where you pay

[7:50:12 PM] Bryan Downing: 24 threads are needed for max throughput but for now, i can get a decent little system for under 1k

[7:50:23 PM] Bryan Downing: i can get a good cluster for $1500 as well

[7:50:36 PM] Bryan Downing: just for testing but as they system gets more sophisticated, i scale up the hardware

[7:50:51 PM] Bryan Downing: they key is to remove as many unnecessary services the OS will run

[7:51:25 PM] Bryan Downing: it will have less competition for the processor cycles which the my systems’s threading will compete for so it will be useless to run on windows

Example: https://quantlabs.net/blog/2014/12/meet-the-ibm-baby-beast-server-for-potential-high-speed-automated-trading/

 

This vendor is decent for anyone in Toronto http://canadaserver.wix.com/canadaserver#!ibm-servers/czn3

Join my FREE newsletter to learn what kind of hardware I get for this high speed trading system 

 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

This is the small Taiwan web server hardware player used by Facebook crushing companies like IBM Dell and HP

This is the small Taiwan web server hardware player used  by Facebook crushingcompanies like IBM Dell and HP

Imagine if you could just call them to get a cheap server

http://www.wired.com/2012/05/quanta-facebook-us/

http://www.quantatw.com/Quanta/english/Default.aspx

Join my FREE newsletter to learn more about which hardware player I go with

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Does anyone pricing on this 2nd generation Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA board for potential hardware based HFT?

Does anyone pricing on this 2nd generation Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA board for potential hardware based HFT?

Someone from my Meetup group is using this exact board. I am trying to see if this is an affordable option. So if it is, is there really any point in killing yourself with software when you can use a good tool link Simulink to get the HDL (hardware description language)  generated?

Join my FREE newsletter if there is any potential with this 

 

 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Use of Matlab Simulink with FPGA hardware option for ultimate ultra low latency HFT option if you want DMA

Use of Matlab Simulink with FPGA hardware option for ultimate ultra low latency HFT option if you want DMA

FPGA Hardware

Altera

Xilinx

This could be the best option but do understand you don’t get the slickness and support of a powerful platform like Deltix. The hardware can be very expensive at $3k per board. To develop models is through Matlab Simulink which can be code generated to FPGA. This process could be exhaustive as compared to Deltix but you have ability to fully customize your own algos/models/strategies. Also, you will need to spend another $20k for ModelSimulator to validate models before they are synthesized onto the board. If you are looking for the absolute lowest latency, FPGA is the way to go. There will be lots of self learning as compared to lack of resources through a platform like Deltix. Also, full licensing costs of Matlab with Simulink and Simulink could reach $20+k. FPGA is really useful if you want to trade in a Direct Market Access arrangement with is another very expensive option but this is what the big boy operators do. We need to consult with a vendor on these options.

Read our FREE newsletter to see if we go with this route? 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!

Youtube video Looking for software and hardware vendors including FPGA for our HFT trading trading solution

Youtube video Looking for software and hardware vendors including FPGA for our HFT trading trading solution

learn what I go with and why from our FREE newsletter 

HOW DO YOU START A PROFITABLE TRADING BUSINESS? Read more NOW >>>

NOTE I now post my TRADING ALERTS into my personal FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and TWITTER. Don't worry as I don't post stupid cat videos or what I eat!