Wednesday, February 12, 2014

High-Speed Stock Traders Turn to Laser Beams - WSJ.com

Dr. Evil would approve

"In recent years, so-called high-frequency trading firms, which account for about half of U.S. stock trading, have adopted first custom-built fiber-optic cables, then microwave and later millimeter-wave transmissions. Networks built on all three technologies operate today, tying together exchanges around the U.S. Internationally, fiber-optic cables laid across the oceans link America's markets with Europe's and Asia's. Now come lasers.
"This is a never-ending race," said Michael Persico, founder and chief executive of Anova Technologies LLC, the company behind the plan to link the NYSE and Nasdaq data centers in New Jersey by laser."
High-Speed Stock Traders Turn to Laser Beams - WSJ.com
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