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FSMLabs Introduces RTTimeSync

January 10th 2007 · 3 min read

Be Compliant and Say Goodbye to ‘Clock Drift’ with FSMLabs’ Nanosecond Timing Synchronization Software

In response to Regulation NMS and MiFID, FSMLabs (www.fsmlabs.com) today announced immediate availability of Nanosecond Timing Synchronization software for Electronic Trading Systems using RTLinuxPro technology. “RTTimeSync guarantees nanosecond level time synchronization in clusters, distributed nodes, and grid computing,” said FSMLabs’ CTO Cort Dougan. RTTimeSync was originally created by FSMLabs for use by the military for mission-critical and safety-critical communications systems and has been adapted to handle the stringent trading timestamp regulations for NMS and MiFID. The product gives financial services organizations deploying computing clusters and trading systems accurate nanosecond time synchronization between multiple enterprise compute nodes - running Linux or Windows - with no impact on enterprise software applications.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires that all NMS related systems must be operational by February 5, 2007 and by May 21, 2007 start full industry compliance with a pilot group of NMS stocks. (More details on the new dates can be found in the SEC release: http://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2006/34-53829.pdf.) Dougan continues by saying, “Many people in the financial services industry thought that it was impossible to avoid clock-drift, but with our RTTimeSync all systems on the network will be in sync even if the systems lose their connection to the time sources, such as GPS or Atomic Clock network time servers.”

Like other components of FSMLabs hard real-time technology suite, RTTimeSync is a plug-n-play add-on software module that does not require modification of drivers and applications in the enterprise environment. “Our technology was developed in an environment where microsecond timing errors cost lives,” added Dougan, “so we bring a high level of reliability and precision to financial markets where microsecond timing errors cost money. We expect an arms race to start soon in trading systems where the fastest response will win out. Our hard real-time deterministic technology provides the edge that makes the difference.”

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RTTimeSync uses RTLinuxPro to generate and distribute a reliable, synchronized timestamp. Mike Cravens, Director of DOD Business Development, states, “RTTimeSync has been successfully used by the military in network-centric warfare operations and missions for over four years. These military grade applications require nanosecond absolute timing precision and no failure or lapse in timing synchronization.” This accurate timekeeping ability of RTTimeSync is made possible by the development of RTLinuxPro and is used to correct the time available from standard Linux services. It provides nanosecond level synchronization accuracy, precision and correction even when external time sources cannot be accessed to provide a valid timing signal.