197: Accelerating High-Speed Traders to Higher Speeds w/ Haim Ben Ami

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Featuring on this episode is Haim Ben Ami; CEO of Raft Technologies.

Having constructed shortwave radio towers in Chicago, Frankfurt and London, Raft have established ultra-low latency connections between various exchanges, which are leased to algorithmic trading firms who seek a speed advantage.

In talking with Haim, we discuss why some firms are prepared to pay big bucks in order to be a few milliseconds quicker than other market participants. Haim also draws comparisons of the various technologies used to transmit data (shortwave, microwave and fibre optic cable), plus going beyond the connections; how firms further optimize for speed, and what’s next in the race to zero.

Construction of Raft’s shortwave tower in Chicago.

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