Arista Networks Monday introduced a high-powered low-power computer that can process transactions in five millionths of a second. It already sells one to high-frequency traders that can process an order in 600 billionths of a second.

Blade Networks and Voltaire, also Monday, announced a partnership that will combine their switching networks for data center customers. The maximum time that it will take data to move through the combination is estimated at 2.4 millionths of a second, which may have led Blade chief executive Vikram Mehta to declare at the opening session of the 2010 High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets Show and Conference in New York that the next bottleneck in high-speed trading is not hardware, but software.

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