The largest exchange in the world has completely switched to Linux

    As planned , the New York Stock Exchange completely switched to Linux. Previously, only trading terminals worked under Linux, and now a large batch of HP servers has been purchased and installed , which will become the core of the NYSE Hybrid Market electronic trading system . Standard x86-based servers with the Linux operating system will replace the Unix machines that were used here before.

    NYSE executives say the main reason for the upgrade is an attempt to maximize platform independence from anyone, including hardware suppliers and software manufacturers. For this reason, they do not want to deal with proprietary versions of Unix, including HP-UX and IBM AIX, as well as Solaris.

    The exchange has installed 200 four-processor HP ProLiant DL585 servers and 400 ProLiant BL685c blade servers. All of them work under Linux on Opteron dual-core processors and process billions of transactions per day, applications for which are received via the Internet.

    The technical director of the exchange says that the Linux system is quite ripe for serious tasks, although it still "has not reached such polish as Unix with a twenty-year history."

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