This week on Twitter, we’re providing a high-level overview of some of the new automated trading functionality that’s coming in the new TT platform. Today’s topic is application programming interfaces, or APIs.

We’ll be devoting an entire week to APIs later in the month, but it’s an exciting topic that’s generating a lot of interest among our customers, so you’ll get a preview of the preview today.

As the product manager responsible for APIs, I’m very excited about what the new TT platform enables us to do with regard to APIs. We’ve written an entirely new set that will deliver unprecedented access and flexibility to our users. They provide normalized interfaces for interacting with all of the TT-connected exchanges, which will allow customers to focus on building strategies and trading tools instead of dealing with exchange-specific nuances.

Here’s a quick overview.

The TT Software Development Kit, or TTSDK, includes a high-performance Linux, C-based API. Early tests show that this is our fastest API yet.

Using TTSDK, developers will be able to create custom algorithms and run them on TT’s co-located execution servers for the best possible performance. TT’s execution servers utilize the latest software and hardware acceleration technologies, such as kernel bypass, to dramatically reduce latency. Custom algos running on these servers will be able to access data and services outside the co-location facility, providing even more flexibility.
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