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19 October 2007
B2BITS upgrades FIX connectivity product
B2BITS Corp, the leading provider of technology for FIX
connectivity, is pleased to announce the new major version of its
flagship product - FIX Antenna 2.0.
B2BITS FIX Antenna is a fast, reliable and highly customizable
solution for FIX connectivity. It is available for different
operating systems (Windows, Linux, Solaris), different languages
and technologies (C++, .NET). The maturity of the product is proven
by numerous satisfied customers choosing B2BITS FIX Antenna in the
course of many years. FIX Antenna is currently integrated into many
mission critical highly reliable systems.
Alexander Rivkind, the CTO of B2BITS, said "version 2.0 is a
result of focused work by our team of engineers for more than a
year. We paid specific attention to the current and future market
latency requirements and added many features which improve
operational usability of the product."
Primary improvements and changes:
- Performance and latency related: On mid-level hardware, it is
able to process about 35000 messages per second (throughput). The
latency is about 0.001 milliseconds. The ability to prioritize
sending and receiving of messages has been added. The application
can now spend more system resources for sending messages delaying
receiving of messages or vice versa. Increase in performance
reaches 30% in typical settings. Latency is significantly improved
in the new version.
- Multiple FIX versions support: FIX version 5.0 is fully
- FIX Dialects support: FIX Antenna supports many FIX dialects
used by various exchanges. The user can define his own dialect in
XML and configure FIX Antenna to load it. To deliver the highest
performance B2BITS can compile an XML defined dialect for
- FAST support: FIX Antenna supports latest version of FAST -
- Persistence vs. Performance: FIX Antenna supports standard FIX
recovery mechanism. In cases when recovery after failure is not
required, transient sessions can be used, which are typically two
times faster than persistent sessions.
- Multiple sessions: There is no restriction on the number of
sessions for FIX Antenna. It leverages multi-CPU architecture for
the most efficient use of threads. With the growing number of
sessions, the delay due to thread switching becomes significant,
thus it is recommended to use not more than 200 concurrent sessions
for the single FIX Antenna instance.
- Integrated FIXopaedia: Reflection gives the application code
access to FIX dictionary in run-time. With this newly introduced
API, validation and message transformation becomes much more
flexible and simpler.
- Backup connection: FIX Antenna supports two separate connection
points for the single FIX session. User can specify a backup host
and port to switch between primary and backup connections
transparently. FIX session is not affected by such switching.
- Run-time statistics: FIX Antenna 2.0 provides real-time
statistical information about sessions and message processing.
Available APIs - FIX Antenna 2.0 is available for C++ and .NET
1.1/2.0, for Windows, Linux and Solaris.
Packaging - FIX Antenna 2.0 comes with API documentation,
programming guide, which covers all aspects of library usage with
examples and samples on C++, Java, C#, MC++, VB.NET, and
Licensing - The new license system used in FIX Antenna 2.0
enables B2BITS to offer flexible cost models. With the new license
system, FIX Antenna becomes an affordable solution for any
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