Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er
If you think about it, Add all computer parts one buys in his/her lifetime and its still less then this SSD. The thing is that @ 100K its a bad investment. In 2 years the price can slash @ 50K or even less.
If $100K or $1M parts buys you a competitive advantage for the next week/day/year and your work can make up for the cost in that time, then it is not a bad investment.
If better hardware = more money, then it is always makes sense to spend more money on hardware.
Edited by DuckieHo - 2/16/12 at 2:30pm
HFT’s appetite for CPU cycles and electrical power is unlimited because, as Rick Bookstaber and others have pointed out, it’s an arms race. In other words, to win at HFT, you have to own the fastest, lowest-latency machines in the datacenter; so every time a competitor upgrades and becomes faster than you, you’re forced to upgrade so that you can get back on top. There is no theoretical limit to the one-upsmanship here, and HFT firms will always buy as much computing horsepower as they can afford.