The Spring Meeting of the IBM GSE Working Group APL and APL Germany is approaching.The conference will not take place as announced on May 8 and 9, but on May 12 and 13, 2014, in Stuttgart at Allianz Germany AG, Reinsburgstr. 19.The agenda drafting is in progress, and we are looking forward to receiving more proposals for presentations.How about you? Further information about the logistics of the meeting will follow within a few weeks.We would appreciate very much your sending new IBM APL2 Requirements to our Requirement Manager Christiane Görges-Holzmüller, (firstname.lastname@example.org).We are looking forward to welcoming you and your contributions at the Stuttgart meeting.Best regardsBernd Geißelhardt
APL Benutzer Service
Allianz Deutschland AG
IT Personen-, Sachversicherung, Querschnitt (D-IT-PSQ3-K3)
Tel: +49 711 663 3968
Conferences APL2000 User Conference
Su23–Tu25 March 2014
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The APL2000 User Conference 2014 will be held Sun–Tue 23-25 March at theGALLERYone Fort Lauderdale – A Doubletree Suites By Hilton Hotel. This beautiful all-suites hotel is conveniently located on the scenic Intracostal Waterway, 8 miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 3 blocks from the beach.
The core conference on Mon–Tue 24-25 March features engaging presentations, informative demonstrations and stimulating discussions on a broad range of topics. An additional full-day seminar will be offered on Sun 23 March. A comprehensive 3-Day Introduction to APL course will also be offered to coincide with the conference on Sunday Tuesday.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and enjoy the camaraderie of our APL community. For more information or to register contact Sonia Beekman at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you in at the conference in Florida.Jsoftware Conference
Th24-Fr25 July 2014
Moots & meetings
BAA London symposia
The London-based discussion group for the APL family of array languages.
Dates for 2014: January 31st, February 28th and March 28th
Venue: The Albion, 2/3 New Bridge Street, City of London, EC4V 6AAhttps://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=the+albion+ec4v+6aa
Upstairs room booked from 14.30 – 17.30.
Meet earlier downstairs for a pre-event drink and/or a chat.
Th3–Fr4 April 2014
CGM Office, Stockholm, Sweden
Hot off the Press!
Gil Athoraya from Data Analytics Sweden is in the preliminary stages of arranging a Workshop planned for Thu–Fri 3–4 April 2014.
“We never closed.”
Reuters swallowed the company in 1987 – but the Christmas parties have never stopped.
Any former employee of I.P. Sharp Associates welcome, of course, and – in the spirit of that wonderful company – anyone who used APL anytime anywhere. At the London office ‘local’.
from 17:30 Fri 20 December
at The Plumbers Arms, Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0LN
25 September, Kx continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary in NYC after starting the festivities this spring with a dinner in Shanghai, followed by a summer boat trip from Navy Pier in Chicago. For those of you who were able to join us for these events and those who will be celebrating with us in NYC next week, we thank you for sharing this milestone year with us.London
8 October, Low Latency Summit
. Kx Chief Strategist Simon Garland will be speaking on a panel at this event entitled, "In-Memory in The Real World - Your Competitors are Already There."
Kx welcomes AquaQ Analytics and QuantumKdb as training, consulting and support partners. These firms provide the financial services sector with assistance building and maintaining their kdb+ systems. Please visit them at aquaq.co.uk
12 November, Low Latency Summit
. Kx Senior Engineer Fintan Quill will be speaking on a panel at this U.S. version of the previous month's London conference entitled, "In-Memory in The Real World - Your Competitors are Already There."
Kx attended the 10th Annual High Performance Computing for Wall Street
show this month as a guest in the Scalable Informatics booth and as a co-host of a rooftop cocktail party following the conference. The Securities Technology Analysis Center benchmark results are a strong indication of how much demand there is for high-performance hardware on Wall Street.Chicago
Kx made news at the Securities Technology Analysis Center
summits in Chicago and New York this summer with M3 benchmark results for kdb+ 3.1, which were the fastest seen at that time. Since the summer Kx has been turning out the best times on M3 benchmarks on a variety of hardware. Please check out the official test results here
Kx and DEVnet hosted two User Group Meetings in Singapore and Hong Kong in August. The audience learned how to use kdb+ for interactive visualization and how to quickly build powerful web front ends with the websocket interface introduced in kdb+ 3.0. Speakers included Nick Psaris from BAML, George Papp from Citi, Hui Li from Marshall Wace, Peggie Zih and Eddie Toh from Intel, Chris Burke, Kx's Director of Asia Pacific and Kim Tang from DEVnet.Europe
15-17 October, European Utility Week
in Amsterdam. Kx will be sponsoring the world's largest smart utility exhibition, focusing on renewable energy integration and storage solutions, grid security, and smart cities. Please stop by to meet Kx and DEVnet at Kx booth # 4. G02.Kx Team News
Kx is pleased to announce that Abby Gruen has returned to the company as Director of Business Development. Her mission will be to find new types of clients in the U.S. and abroad. This appointment marks Abby's second tour with Kx. Her first role at the company was in corporate communications. Since then, she has been working as a journalist for publications such as the Newark Star-Ledger, the New York Times and SNL Financial. We are thrilled to have her back.
The Kx team and our partners hosted multiple quant workshops this summer. Locations included London, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo and Chicago. These events gave attendees a high-level introduction to kdb+ and the q language and provided real-world business and financial examples of kdb+ in practice. For additional information about Kx workshops and other company events, please visit kx.com
Simon Garland was named to the Institutional Investor
2013 Top Tech 50: Masters of a Volatile Universe. By responding to complexities in the marketplace, the executives on the list are at the forefront of financial technology and they show an uncanny ability to come up with the right solution at the right time.
Fintan Quill talked with Tim Bourgaize Murray at Waters Magazine
about the trend of "mini options." He offered an in-depth look at how they are steadily attracting proprietary trading shops beyond the retail investors they were originally built for, by providing the right balance of liquidity and arbitrage opportunities for cross-asset trading.
This latest release of APL+Win includes the APL+Win C# Script Engine (CSE). With the CSE enhancement an APL+Win programmer can merge the benefits of .Net technology with the power of APL+Win. This exciting new feature is available to all current APL+Win subscribers.
Release 13.2 also includes a number of bug fixes. See a list of them here
Current APL+WIN Subscription Licensees can download Version 13.2 here.
For complete documentation including comprehensive practical examples using the CSE email firstname.lastname@example.org
The fall meeting of the German GSE working group APL and APL Germany e.V. is coming up. Here are the facts for your planning schedule:
Date: 11-12 November 2013
Venue: DPC GmbH, Solingen, Prinzenstrasse 2
Registration: Open now. Please register online (German registration form only) on dpc.de/index.php?id=633
or via email to email@example.com
IBM APL2 Requirements: Please send any ideas in advance to our Requirement Manager Bernd Geisselhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda: The meeting is your platform to share ideas and experiences. Please move forward and send your presentation offerings if you like. You will find the latest agenda information also online.
Register today and encourage your colleagues to join as well.
Dr. Christiane Goerges-Holzmueller and Dr. Reiner Nussbaum (email@example.com
Chairwoman GSE-Arbeitsgruppe and APL President APL Germany e.V.
Kx announces impressive results at the Chicago STAC summit
Palo Alto (10 Jun 2013) – Kx Systems, the leader in high-performance database and time-series analysis, has announced today the release of kdb+ v3.1 as well as its latest benchmark results for the STAC
(Securities Technology Analysis Center) summit in Chicago
. The results of the STAC M3™ vendor-independent market data benchmark suite
demonstrate very significant performance improvements in v3.1, with results up to 8x faster than any previous STAC M3 benchmarks.
The tests highlighted Kx’s unparalleled performance in such real-world calculations as generating the complete NBBO (National Best Bid and Offer) for one day, on thousands of symbols. Compared to previous best results, v3.1 runs over 4x faster, taking about half a minute to read, calculate, and write the entire table. In other benchmarks, calculations such as VWAPs (Volume Weighted Average Prices) on tick data were more than 8x faster.
“The simplifications introduced in v3.0 have allowed us to build on and enhance the current version,” said Simon Garland, chief strategist at Kx Systems. “The custom code designed to automatically detect and take advantage of Intel’s Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) and SSE 4.2 instructions, available on the Intel® Xeon® processor 2600/4600 families, provides additional speed-ups. Kx’s q language, combined with the fastest possible DRAM storage, translates directly to optimal performance. Our clients don’t need to make any changes to benefit from the improvements in v3.1; the upgrade from the previous version of kdb+ is seamless.”
John Overton, CEO of storage manufacturer Kove, noted: “This benchmark is an excellent example for demonstrating that it’s no longer necessary for a database architect to design around storage. Users can now achieve optimal application performance more effectively, by simply deploying kdb+ with high-speed storage solutions using the industry’s best determinacy like Kove® XPD™ L2 drives as strategic business tools.”
“Kx’s financial services customers require continuous performance increases to keep pace with the market. The improvements Kx has implemented with kdb+ enhance both scaling with cores and concurrency,” said Garry Thall, Intel Director of Financial Services, North America. He added: “Instruction Set Parallelism delivers improved Floating Point performance through enabling AVX instructions providing critical performance gains for Kx Customers.”
“The number of cores which are seen as ‘standard’ will continue to increase,” noted Kx’s Garland. “Our clients need to be able to make effective use of all cores for numerous applications, including faster algorithmic trading, pre-trade risk, and real-time analytics. The new version extends the ability of kdb+ to work even more efficiently with all available cores, giving our clients plenty of room for future growth.”
The STAC benchmarks were carried out using the latest release kdb+ v3.1, running on industry-standard hardware, with Kove high-performance DRAM storage and Intel Xeon based servers.
Formed in 2004, Kove is a pioneering leader in high performance storage. Kove provides patented, core technology components to solve the most challenging storage and data management needs. Visit http://kove.com
Kx Systems offers a unified approach to real-time and historical data analysis with its high-performance kdb+ database platform. kdb+ provides a portable, 64-bit implementation of the platform’s expressive query and programming language to analyze and store streaming events, manipulate in-memory and on-disk databases, and build distributed low-latency applications. The company’s focus is on delivering the best performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications. For more information, visit http://kx.com
Alla Lapidus / John Norris
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7250 4770
Dyalog Ltd is delighted to announce the general availability of Dyalog APL Version 13.2 for the Raspberry Pi – models A and B, running Debian-based operating systems, are supported.
Dyalog APL for Raspberry Pi is a complete 32-bit Linux interpreter with the same APL language features as 32-bit Dyalog APL version 13.2 on any other platform, including Linux/x86, AIX and Windows.
The new system for the Raspberry Pi is available via a free download from http://packages.dyalog.com
and can be installed using standard “apt-get” commands. By default, the APL system is supplied with a non-commercial licence. For commercial use, or other delivery mechanisms, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Over 1 million units, which retail for as little as US $25 for the cheapest “Model A” (256Mb RAM, 1 USB port), have been shipped, since they became widely available in early 2012.
The Raspberry Pi foundation aims to interest young people in computers by making sophisticated computer hardware and software easily available for all levels of education, all over the world. APL is highly effective at solving problems that involve performing complex calculations on lists or arrays of data. Its bit-manipulation capabilities make it a great tool for Embedded, Robotics and Computer Vision applications. This makes APL is a highly attractive notation for expressing solutions to many of the computational challenges that Raspberry Pi projects are likely to encounter at all levels of education or business.
We are building an APL-based robot in-house using a Raspberry Pi Model A - affectionately named C3Pi ‘DyaBot’ - and documenting progress in the CTO blog at http://cto.dyalog.com/
We are looking forward to seeing many new interesting applications using Dyalog APL on the Raspberry Pi in the future!