TipOff – Wombat Data Fabric Edition is a new variant of TS-Associates’ middleware monitoring product, incorporating software developed by Voltaire (NASDAQ: VOLT) and hardware developed by Accolade. TipOff – Wombat Data Fabric Edition has been designed to deliver ultra-low latency and performance monitoring for Wombat Data Fabric[tm] systems deployed on InfiniBand, the NYSE Euronext Advanced Trading Solutions flagship middleware offering. The solution uses the Voltaire Messaging System (VMS), Voltaire’s RDMA based software solution that dramatically improves performance of publisher-subscriber applications running on InfiniBand fabrics.
TipOff – Wombat Data Fabric Edition delivers unique performance and latency monitoring capabilities. On the performance side, it analyzes all messaging traffic in real time, with drill down of overall system aggregate performance by either publisher or subscriber and with traffic rate visibility right down to the individual data flow in terms of messages/second and bytes/second. On the latency side, the product tracks the latency of every unique data flow through the system, aggregating up by publisher and subscriber, thus enabling user drill down from top level system aggregate latency. All latency stats are recorded to TipOff’s internal time series database for charting/reporting and for correlation with other metrics required for latency root cause analysis. Latency is measured at the messaging layer to nano second resolution. There is little point in measuring fabric transit latency, because InfiniBand is a deterministic communications medium.
Developed in partnership with Voltaire and Accolade, TipOff – Wombat Data Fabric Edition leverages the latest in InfiniBand RDMA messaging techniques, married with a novel hardware acceleration capability developed for TS-Associates by Accolade. Monitoring of application level messaging performance and latency is delivered through a minimally invasive VMS driver instrumentation technique. Instrumentation meta-data is delivered directly to hardware within TipOff via InfiniBand RDMA operations, where it is immediately time stamped and pre-processed in FPGA firmware, prior to software based analysis by TipOff.