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Nasdaq Decodes: Tech Trends 2021

Discover the technology trends that are driving the global markets forward

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COVID-19 accelerated societal and technological changes at a pace we never imagined.  

At the onset of the pandemic, market volatility surged and volumes soared. Nasdaq topped several records across its markets, including the U.S. equities market experiencing its highest volume day since 2009, reaching about 5 billion messages, which was about two times its previous all-time high. The Options market recorded ten of its most active days ever, peaking at about 62 billion messages on a single day.

The events of 2020 demonstrate the importance of maintaining resiliency, capacity, performance, immediacy and security across our businesses. It is against this backdrop of unprecedented change and opportunity that we identify the four technology trends that we believe will have the biggest impact on our industry and outlook for the year ahead.


The 4 biggest tech trends this year


    Systems on chips (SoCs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are not new, but we are excited by recent innovations in this space. Notably, we are seeing the rise of Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) architecture for central processing units (CPUs) and advancements in graphics processing units (GPUs) and machine learning optimized chips. These innovations allow us to build more efficient trading systems, deliver better performance, reduce complexity, lower the cost of end products, increase profitability and add new features that differentiate our products. They are having a profound impact on our business – and the financial services industry as a whole – especially as the industry migrates to the cloud.


    Edge cloud is reducing reliance on centralized processing (processing performed in one computer or in a cluster of coupled computers in a single location), bringing greater scale and performance to consumers in an increasingly connected world. We see myriad practical use cases outside of financial services such as in internet of things (IoT), vehicular and drone applications. In the financial services industry, edge cloud can support workflows designed to evolve customer engagement models and provide deeper insights from data, as well as enable hybrid cloud strategies.

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