Kx MISSION

Kx Systems was founded to address one of the most basic problems in high-performance computing: the inability of traditional relational database technology to keep up with the explosive escalation of data volumes. Ever since, the company’s singular goal has been to provide its customers with the most efficient and flexible tools for ultra-high-speed processing of real-time, streaming and historical data.

PERFORMANCE

Built on a unique computer programming paradigm, Kx's kdb+ database and its associated programming language, q, use a single architecture to access billions and trillions of structured data records, resulting in blazingly fast processing times — many times faster than those of competitive technologies.

MISSION CRITICAL

Kx customers are market leaders in their fields — from top investment banks and hedge funds to premier energy companies, pharmaceutical firms, and scientific research institutions. Our powerful software allows these companies to tackle the most complex and data-intensive applications.

SIMPLICITY

Kx's elegant architecture, minimal storage requirements, and ultra efficient utilization of hardware combine to deliver a lower TCO. It has been specifically designed to allow the database to scale out easily as data volumes grow – without losing performance.

Kx Technology

The basis for Kx Technology is a uniquely integrated platform which includes a high-performance historical time-series columnar database called kdb+, an in-memory compute engine, and a real-time streaming processor all unified with an expressive query and programming language called q.

Designed from the start for extreme scale, and running on industry standard servers, the kdb+ database has been proven to solve complex problems faster than any of its competitors.

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Performance

The performance is built in.

Kx's time-series database is optimized for Big Data analytics. The columnar design of kdb+ means it offers greater speed and efficiency than typical relational databases. Its innovative native support for time-series operations vastly improves the speed and flexibility of queries, aggregation, joins, and analysis of business information – be it structured, semi-structured, or key value data.

Kdb+ is different. Its built-in functional array language, q, includes a superset of SQL that operates directly on the data, removing the need to ship query results to other applications for analysis. Kdb+ and q make full use of the intrinsic power of modern distributed architectures, delivering unparalleled performance, proven again and again in industry benchmarks and real world experience.

Scalability

Getting bigger without getting slower.

The design of kdb+ allows it to easily scale horizontally and vertically as data volumes grow, without losing performance.

Banks, trading firms and financial institutions have used Kx technology for lightning fast processing of vast amounts of data for over two decades, before the phrase "Big Data" was even coined.

Today sectors including retail, utilities, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and genome research are adopting kdb+ to solve their Big Data problems as they find more stack-based architectures are proving too expensive and slow to scale efficiently.

Single Platform

On disk. In memory. Streaming.

For many businesses, the promise of Big Data analytics was the ability to use both streaming and the vast amounts of historical data effectively.

However, the reality found by many is having to install a stack of different solutions from different vendors. Each layer in the stack brings its own set of compatibility, maintenance, and support issues, often requiring a plethora of different skill sets. Kx Technology can address every part of the data-stream as it passes through the business, in a single unified architecture.

Historical disk-based data, in-memory databases, the complex processing of events, and real-time streams are all managed by Kx using just one underlying technology. Analysis of historical trends can be re-used for real-time analytics, creating tremendous reductions in development time and ongoing maintenance costs.

Kdb+'s exceptional speed in analyzing data, wherever it is stored, enables businesses to visualize its complexities in ways they found impossible before.

Lower TCO

More costs less.

When choosing a technology platform, a seemingly difficult balance needs to be achieved between the bottom-line impact of real world costs, and the top-line benefits of rapid delivery, high performance, and ability to meet the changing requirements of the business. Kx Technology demonstrably allows for both, without compromise.

Our market-leading efficiencies of hardware utilization, the lower footprint, the lower maintenance and operational costs coupled with the otherwise unheard of productivity with developing in the kdb+ environment means that a Kx implementation will always work out to be more cost effective than alternatives.

In conjunction with this, the Kx Technology platform has both the tooling and the underlying language, q, that our customers tell us enables for the very rapid development of full solutions, thus delivering to the business the rapid change ability that the top-line demands.

Kdb+ database used for HFT Research by Squarepoint

Kx powers large-scale in-memory research at Squarepoint Capital

25 Apr 2017 | Financial, HFT, Kdb+, kx

Kx Systems, a subsidiary of First Derivatives (FD) plc, announces that Squarepoint Capital, a global systematic investment manager, has significantly expanded its use of Kx technology for investment research. As faster large-memory servers are becoming standard, investment managers like Squarepoint are designing their systems to capitalize on the extra speed available when analyzing the vast datasets that underpin their investment models. Squarepoint is taking advantage of these large-memory servers to get the best performance on complex analytics with a lower total cost of ownership compared to other technologies on the market.

Kx technology featured in First Derivatives and Airbus Defence and Space collaboration

14 Mar 2017 | Airbus, Kdb+, kx, Satellite data

Kx parent First Derivatives today announced that it has signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space to develop an innovative approach for large scale processing of geospatial data using its Kx analytics platform. A wide number of additional applications have been identified and the objective is to commercially exploit these by combining Kx technology and data from Airbus Defence and Space assets.

Kx fueling IoT revolution with manufacturing win

2 Mar 2017 | IoT, Kdb+, kx

Kx parent First Derivatives today announced a major new contract with a Fortune 500 engineering solutions company for the use of Kx technology within precision manufacturing IoT. Initial benchmarks show that by incorporating Kx, the product will be capable of handling many millions of sensor reads per second, a significant increase over the industry standard.

Kx Community Hong Kong April Meetup kdb+ high speed data analytics

Kx Community Hong Kong Meetup

27 Apr 2017 | Big Data, Kdb+, kx

Kx Community Meetup Groups are free and informal events where people can learn about using kdb+ for high-speed analytics. The meetup will discuss how kdb+ can solve Big Data problems, giving tips and techniques for optimizing its use.

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Thursday

04/27

Kx Community Hong Kong Meetup

Please join the Kx Community Hong Kong Meetup to get the latest updates. If you'd like to present please drop us a note at kxcommunity@kx.com

Kx Community Luxembourg Meetup

Please join the Kx Community Luxembourg Meetup to get the latest updates. If you'd like to present please drop us a note at kxcommunity@kx.com

Kx Community Paris Meetup

Please join the Kx Community Paris Meetup to get the latest updates. If you'd like to present please drop us a note at kxcommunity@kx.com

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HIGHLIGHTS

Kx IN ACTION

Algos

Kx for Algos provides a complete suite of scalable algorithmic trading functionality, based on market data signals, including strategy development, matching engines and backtesting. Out-of-the-box dashboards provide feature-rich visualization and control tools which can be effortlessly customized for specific trading, monitoring and research requirements.

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Flow

Kx for Flow is a powerful, market-neutral FX trading platform that gives a clear view of the marketplace through its graphically rich real time visualizations. Flow’s built-in connectivity to the full liquidity market enables the creation of deep, customized liquidity pools. It supports Spot, Forwards, Swaps, NDFs, Metals and CFDs trading all through one system.

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Surveillance

Kx for Surveillance enables financial institutions to instantly detect known trading violations like layering, spoofing or marking the close. Customers can calibrate their parameters in real time to improve their detection quality and accuracy. The flexibility of the historical database and replay engine eases retrospective investigation for new types of fraudulent behavior and suspicious activity.

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Monitoring

Kx for Monitoring helps clients ensure their day-to-day operations run smoothly and on schedule. It provides a set of customizable dashboards that display high-level information on the current status of primary indicators as well as real-time alerts and notifications of issues. Historical data is retained for follow-up investigations and root cause analysis.

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BUILD FOR THE ENTERPRISE

Dashboard

Dashboards for Kx provides rich visualization of real-time streaming, intraday and historical business data. The easy-to-use yet powerful drag-and-drop interface enables users to quickly build customized dashboards. Content can be displayed through a wide range of innovative widgets, enabling detailed filtering, aggregation and drill down.

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Analyst

Analyst For Kx provides a complete real-time data transformation, exploration and discovery workflow. Users can manipulate massive datasets without programming through the intuitive point-and-click interface. Analysts can use flexible spreadsheets to perform simple or complex analytical computations in real time, with full scripting support.

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Stream

Stream for Kx is a proven data management solution that can be deployed locally, in the cloud, or as part of a wider Big Data architecture. With unrivalled performance, it allows firms to manage their analytics and visualization needs in a single platform, or as an ultra-fast component of a multi-platform solution.

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Control

Using Control for Kx, organizations can rigorously manage their application landscape. They can instantly determine what processes are running and who owns them as well as their parameters and functionality settings. The development environment provides a framework for extending applications in a swift but controlled manner that promotes reuse, imposes standards and improves quality.

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Kx offers a 32-bit version of kdb+ for free so you can try it for yourself and see how powerful and fast it is. This download has all the compatibility and functionality of the full 64-bit version, and is for non-commercial use only. A Raspberry Pi version is also available. Click below to download Kdb+ today.

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Kx Technology requires 10 to 50 times less computing infrastructure

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Kx Technology is active in all 10 of the world’s leading investment banks

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Kx Technology is up to 100 times faster than Hadoop-based Big Data systems