Credit Suisse has switched on a latency management application from Corvil, in a bid to reduce delays to traffic on its network.
The bank has put in the CorvilNet latency management system in its local and wide area networks around the world, to help with traffic monitoring, analysis and optimisation.
The software was implemented by BT, which has an ongoing deal to work alongside Swisscom in providing the bank with network services.
Many financial institutions are targeting latency reduction because even delays of microseconds can have a negative impact on trading. Much of their trading in financial products relies on mathematic algorithms to produce fast reactions to market data.
Using the system, Credit Suisse will be able to set a latency level that it will tolerate, and then measure its performance against that benchmark. If the target is missed, the software produces a warning message and then investigates the problem, producing a report on how to best improve the network.
The bank will also be able to measure the extra capacity available on its network in case of a surge in the markets.