Maximizing Speed For A Trading Computer.

November 3, 2010 at 19:10:08
Specs: Windows XP, 2 Gigabytes
Hi everyone :)

I'm running a few trading programs through the day- lots of data with a few charts. I'm finding that it's slowing down on me a couple of times a day...usually when news is released and more data is being managed by the PC over a short period of time. I sometimes have to restart the machine altogether even though I have a quadcore processor albeit with 2Gs of RAM.

A trading friend suggests that using a different OS (Ubuntu) will use less memory and free up more for the programs.

Just would like confirmation. Any other advice on how to keep the comp responsive throughout the day would be greatly appreciated too!

Thanks in advance for any help.


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November 3, 2010 at 20:10:12
Unless the programs are optimized for multicore you will not full advantage of the cores. Maybe running several compputers is the solution.

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November 4, 2010 at 02:18:56
How would I optimize the programs for multicore??

I do currently have my laptop alongside the desktop, which allows me to surf the net, network with other traders etc but, even with the bare minimum of the two programs that have to be ran through the same computer as they are linked, I still have the issue.

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November 4, 2010 at 03:46:26
if the writer didn't optimize, u can't.
Can u see how much memory is used? List the system specs.

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November 4, 2010 at 04:38:20

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU
Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
2.40 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM

As for the RAM usage, I'll watch task manager today while running the programs. Which details are needed? "CPU Usage", "Physical Memory" etc.

I'll take a screen capture and post it on my blog, leaving a link here so you can take a look. (windows XP is in italian, but I'm sure you're familiar with task manager :) )

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November 4, 2010 at 06:38:21
We need to know motherboard model number. Q6600 is a good cpu, if u have decent board u can push it to 3ghz and upgrading memory to 4gb will improve system perfomance. Do u have a v-card?
Yes iam familiar with task manager, iam only looking for numbers.

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November 4, 2010 at 09:10:58
Ok, here we go Kuwese:

P5QL/EPU Motherboard. FSB O.C. 1600


I hope that's the info you needed to know.

I'm guessing these are the videocard specs...

GeForce 8400 GS

Bus Type: PCI-Express 16Lane
Memory bus: 64bit
Graphics enine: 256bit

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November 4, 2010 at 09:18:30
Oh, and here is the read out from TM:

PF Usage: 1.43 GB

Physical Memory (K)

Total: 2096172
Available 444060
System Cache: 584260

Kernel Memory (K)

Total: 88408
Paged: 59700
Nonpaged: 28696

Commit Charge (K)

Total: 1501700
Limit: 5078124
Peak: 1557168


Handles: 17818
Threads: 785
Processes: 52

This is during a relatively quiet period in the market...

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