Red Hat, HP, Intel and Reuters Enable Financial Services To Leap Ahead With 1.8 Million Real-Time Market Data Updates Per Second on RMDS 6.0


United States, October 3, 2006

Financial services leader benefits from industry-leading performance with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, HP ProLiant Server and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor-based platforms

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced business-changing throughput and latency performance numbers for Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) 6.0. In recent performance tests conducted by Technology Business Development Corporation (tbdCorp), RMDS 6.0 surpassed previous benchmarks and demonstrated its ability to leverage the power and performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor-based HP ProLiant DL380 server. Now Reuters can consistently push out the ever-expanding volume of market data at more than 1.8 million updates per second.

"We are thrilled to work closely with Reuters, HP and Intel as we deliver such impressive performance numbers to the financial industry," said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and General Manager of Enterprise Products, Red Hat. "By continuing our work with these industry leaders, we will ensure that Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) 6.0 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux continues to provide the stability, performance and value that our customers expect from us."

Algorithmic trading is a race as the financial services industry tries to develop sophisticated strategies and then beat the competition by capturing, analyzing and acting on information as it appears. The quicker the systems, the better trading desks will perform. This increasingly prevalent form of securities trading is radically changing the market data business through dramatic growth in volume, forcing data providers to focus on extremely low market data latency at extremely high message volumes.

"After running some exploratory tests of Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) 6.0 on the latest Intel Xeon processors using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, I was very impressed with the results," said Peter Lankford, President, Technology Business Development Corporation. "We have now run the complete suite of official Reuters benchmark tests on a two-socket system from HP. In the most extreme benchmark of RMDS fanout, a basic RMDS configuration consistently pushed out over 1.8 million updates per second, and preliminary tests on a configuration designed to exploit multiple cores exceeded 3 million updates per second. In terms of latency, we saw sub-millisecond response times at up to 300,000 updates per second. Securities firms are going to find this new system very helpful in dealing with today's real-time data management challenges."

RMDS on Linux joins the best components from the two most popular market data systems today - Reuters Triarch and the TIB Market Data Distribution System - to manage financial content in real-time across the trading environment with a high degree of scalability and resilience. By deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reuters can realize all the benefits of open source and the optimal performance that the financial services industry demands in its latency race.

"Reuters is delighted that speeds in excess of 1.8 million updates per second have been achieved with Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) 6.0," said Michael Parlapiano, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Information Management Solutions, Reuters. "These speeds show we can deliver solutions that allow our customers to stay on top of millisecond-to-millisecond market changes and take advantage of the performance benefits we see in the next-generation systems being delivered today."

"We are pleased to see the phenomenal results of the Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) 6.0 solution on the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor-based servers that deliver twice the performance and three times the power efficiency over previous generation platforms," said Doug Fisher, Intel General Manager, Software and Solutions Group. "This is the result of our working with the Linux community and engineering collaboration with Reuters, Red Hat and HP to optimize and deliver robust, high-performance solutions that bring value to our financial customers."

"Working with its partners, HP is helping trading desks process and analyze geometrically expanding quantities of data to make the solid business decisions demanded by customers," said Ron Eller, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions Alliances, Hewlett Packard Company. "The Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) 6.0 benchmark represents a significant proof point in helping financial services trading firms gain a competitive edge with unmatched access to real-time market information."

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