AMD and Rogue Wave Software team up to enhance parallel computing in financial services.
AMD and Rogue Wave Software have teamed
up to boost parallel computing in the financial services industry.
The companies announced their plans to collaborate at the SIFMA (Securities
Industry and Financial Markets Association) Technology Management Conference &
Exhibit, which runs June 10 to 12 in New York.
Rogue Wave, which makes C++ components and infrastructure software for
enterprise developers, said it will work with Advanced Micro Devices to enhance
the processing power of specialized applications in the financial services
industry. Using the Rogue Wave Hydra product suite, the companies plan to
provide new solutions to help AMD customers
further expand their parallel computing strategies.
The Rogue Wave Hydra Suite delivers a scalable service grid for high-performance
business applications delivered with SOA (service-oriented architecture). The
standards-based suite also supports the SCA (Service Component Architecture)
and SDO (Service Data Objects) standards as well as C++ Web Services based on
the SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and WSDL (Web Services Description
The financial services industry requires HPC
(high-performance computing) to process a high volume of transactions and churn
through complex risk management algorithms. One way to enhance application
performance is by taking advantage of multicore technology with applications
that support parallel programming.
"The future of parallel computing depends on two key elements,"
said Tom Gaunt, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Rogue Wave.
"First, can your new and existing applications tap performance improvements
without rewriting the code? Second, can they do it across multicore CPUs, GPUs
[Graphical Processing Units] and other future specialized hardware? If
enterprises cannot do both, parallel computing efforts won't deliver on their
promise. This collaboration is an important step in not just researching, but
delivering solutions that address these challenges and further the cause of
Gaunt said in addition to the promise of multicore CPU hardware, recent
advances in GPU chip sets have allowed developers to harness the computing
power of specialized modern graphics processors to deliver performance
increases in HPC environments such as
financial algorithmic applications. Yet, writing code in this area can be
difficult and time-consuming, and using proprietary APIs means code written for
one brand of GPU cannot be easily ported to another GPU or to multicore CPUs,
Enter AMD. "AMD
recognizes that offering users ways to develop applications that migrate easily
between multicore CPUs, GPUs and future architectures is essential in enabling
the productivity of our customers and the longevity of their
applications," said Patricia Harrell, director of AMD
Stream Computing. "We are pleased that our relationship with Rogue Wave
will enable us to work towards providing an important cross-platform
programming solution, while at the same time growing our valuable technology
Rogue Wave's collaboration with AMD
follows the company's efforts with AMD
competitor Intel, where Rogue Wave has been able to show a significant increase
in throughput using Rogue Wave Hydra software with Intel's quad-core
processors. In tests with Intel, Hydra enabled single-threaded applications to
take advantage of the increase in processing power without recoding for multithreading.
For instance, a server with eight CPU cores was able to generate five times as
much throughput as the single-core server and reached its maximum throughput
when running six instances of the application service. A server with 16 CPU
cores was able to generate nine times as much throughput as the single-core
server and 183 percent greater throughput than the server with eight CPU cores.
AMD and Rogue Wave said the companies
would have more to show regarding their collaboration "in the near
Meanwhile, on June 9, Rogue Wave announced the appointment of Brian Pierce
as its CEO. Pierce has more than 20 years of
experience in enterprise application software and tools, Rogue Wave officials
Most recently, Pierce served as a senior vice
president at Infor Global Solutions where he had responsibility for five
independently operating business units, including TriSyn Group, which merged
with Infor in 2006. Prior to the merger, Pierce served as president and chief operating
officer of TriSyn Group. Previously, he was senior vice president of customer support
and satisfaction at Tibco Software and served in senior field operations and
services roles at InConcert (acquired by Tibco) and Xerox.