Stock traders move into the laser age in pursuit of lightning-fast deals

If you think gamers are obsessive about minimizing lag times, you should look at the lengths stock traders go to in their pursuit of instant communication. Microwave data transmission already bridges the 700-mile distance between Chicago and New York in a mere 4 milliseconds, but until that number hits zero, new modes of communication continue to be explored. The latest method makes use of lasers and is about to be deployed in March between the data centers of the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq market, both located in New Jersey.

Operated by Anova Technologies, a company already engaged in providing exotic networking equipment of the sort high-speed traders yearn for, the lasers are stationed on rooftops and promise a more…

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