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FSMLabs collaborates with Solarflare to offer 10GbE solution for high-precision time management

October 22nd 2012 · 3 min read

New solution removes the barriers to entry in state-of-the-art time management, eliminating timing-related risk in high speed trading and other time-critical operations

Austin, TX – October 22, 2012 – FSMLabs® today introduced the TimeKeeper® GrandMaster Clock, a network appliance that simplifies the adoption of high-precision timing.  Employing the industry-standard Solarflare® SFN6322F Dual-Port 10GbE SFP+ Onload precision time-synchronization server adapter, the TimeKeeper GrandMaster Clock offers low-latency, high-throughput connectivity to 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) and other network standards. The solution also offers all the benefits of TimeKeeper Server, the groundbreaking software for time synchronization and timing network management.

TimeKeeper GrandMaster Clock overcomes the typical obstacles to implementing state-of-the-art time management, particularly on legacy infrastructure. It offers optimal connection with networks of varying quality to monitor and synchronize multiple time sources, and distribute high-precision time. It supports different time-signal protocols among disparate network segments. It synchronizes time – to microsecond precision in high-performance networks – across data centers and virtualized environments, while automatically identifying and repairing timing faults.

“Timing fluctuations as small as a few microseconds can trigger costly errors in high-speed trading, and leave little or no forensic evidence in traditional time distribution systems. Many firms have been living with these risks because of the complexity and costs of establishing state-of-the-art time management on legacy infrastructure. The TimeKeeper GrandMaster meets these challenges with a single, comprehensive solution,” said Victor Yodaiken, CEO of FSMLabs. “It can be implemented immediately on existing infrastructure, and it scales out easily to support local or enterprise-wide time precision.”

Leveraging the intelligent features and flexibility of the Solarflare SFN6322F server adapter, the TimeKeeper GrandMaster Clock offers features not found in any other approach to precision timekeeping, including the following:

  • Unmatched message rates and low-latency eliminate queuing delays and time errors caused by slower connections
  • Timestamping of incoming and outgoing packets, supporting latency monitoring plus identification of timing inconsistencies in data from outside sources, such as market data
  • Large data storage capacity for historical audit trails to conform with reporting regulations

TimeKeeper software, the financial industry standard in high-precision time management, provides the robust features necessary for time-critical environments. These include “last mile” time service to the application layer, auditable logs and graphic visualization of performance, fault alerts and resiliency through failover to back-up time sources if a primary source fails, and web-based administration for configuration and real-time monitoring.

The TimeKeeper GrandMaster Clock (TK-GM-10G) is available now from FSMLabs and FSMLabs resellers. For purchase information or a live demonstration, please contact FSMLabs at

About FSMLabs
FSMLabs is a technology company specializing in time-related innovation. The firm’s flagship product is TimeKeeper, the software solution of choice for a growing number of high-speed trading firms for high-precision synchronization of time data. FSMLabs has more than 12 years experience in real-time operating systems and software for industries such as finance, avionics and robotics, where time is a mission-critical resource. The company is privately held and headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

About Solarflare
Solarflare is the leading provider of application-intelligent networking I/O products that bridge the gap between applications and the network, delivering improved performance, increased scalability, and higher return on investment. The company’s solutions are widely used in scale-out server environments such as high-frequency trading, high-performance computing, cloud, virtualization and big data. Solarflare’s products are available from leading distributors and value-added resellers, as well as from Dell, IBM, and HP. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California and operates an R&D facility in Cambridge, UK.

TimeKeeper and FSMLabs are registered trademarks of Finite State Machine Labs Inc. Solarflare is a registered trademark of Solarflare Inc.


Kathleen Hawk for FSMLabs
Clearview PR

A PDF of this release is available here. A summary of the technical capabilities of the TimeKeeper GrandMaster is available here.