You can configure the BIG-IP system to manage traffic for low-latency electronic trading. The BIG-IP system optimizes Financial Information eXchange (FIX) protocol connections to achieve predictable latency and jitter, a critical aspect of successful low-latency electronic trading. When you acquire a special license, you can use the FastL4 profile to optimize the necessary connections, and use the Packet Velocity ASIC (PVA) to minimize any latency and deliver high performance L4 throughput without software acceleration.
Induced latency, which is the latency realized after a FIX connection is established, typically has a duration of approximately 10 µsecs or less.
The PVA only supports the TCP protocol, which requires FIX clients and servers to establish TCP connections. When creating a virtual server to manage the traffic for low-latency electronic trading, you will want to specify the TCP protocol setting.
There are several tasks you can perform to implement low-latency electronic trading.