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NovaTick™ Appliance


The NovaTick Appliance is the system used for implementing the latest generation Ticker Plant developed by NovaSparks. The NovaTick Appliance is a fully integrated ticker plant solution targeting the most demanding customers unwilling to compromise speed and determinism, for scalability, functionality and reliability.

Like the previous generations, the NovaTick Appliance relies on architectural pillars that have made NovaSparks unique:

  • A pure FPGA processing approach that provides the lowest latency with the highest determinism
  • A scalable FPGA matrix architecture
  • An extensive and versatile fan-out capability
  • An easy to deploy and modular appliance
  • Flexible integration and consumption options to integrate easily in any electronic trading environment.

Compared to its predecessor, the NovaTick Appliance delivers even lower latency while offering ten times the capacity in terms of number of instruments.

All NovaSparks’ hardware platforms are built on the largest FPGAs combined with an array of memory chips, yielding the lowest possible latency and accommodating large instrument sets. The pure FPGA matrix architecture of the appliance is augmented with tightly integrated multi-core Intel processors to support non-latency sensitive tasks such as exchange recovery functions.

NovaTick also handles the recovery and re-transmission services offered by most exchanges. Users can start trading in the middle of the day and work from a fully updated book.

NovaTick offers multiple publication (L1,L2,L3 and full lot BBO) and distribution (Ethernet, PCIe DMA, Wireless/RF Networks or FPGA) options and includes PTP time stamping and latency measurements.

Key Advantages

NovaTick is the first pure FPGA Ticker Plant offering the same features found in software Ticker Plants
NovaTick provides a significant capacity and performance boost over the previous NovaSparks feed handler generations
NovaTick supports 75 market feeds and provides all the features and functionalities expected in a modern full-fledged Ticker Plant. It can be used as a plug-in replacement for any existing commercial or in-house ultra-low latency solution

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