Crypto Exchange Bitstamp: Our New Matching Engine Will Be Up to 1,250 Times Faster

Siamak Masnavi

On 5 November 2018, cryptoasset exchange Bitstamp announced that it had partnered with Cinnober, a leading provider of trading and clearing technology, in order to replace its in-house developed matching engine with Cinnober’s "TRADExpress Trading System". The customized software "will be hosted and operated by Bitstamp."

As reported by CryptoGlobe, Bitstamp, which was founded in 2011 by Nejc Kodrič and Damijan Merlak, got acquired by European investment firm NXMH. In an article posted on its website, Bitstamp explained why it chose to partner with Cinnober:

"We chose Cinnober because of their proven track-record in worldwide financial marketplaces, their understanding of our vision and ability to work closely with us to customize the technology to meet our needs."

Stockholm-headquartered Cinnober was founded in 1998. Its customers include Australian Securities Exchange, Athens Stock Exchange, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and London Stock Exchange.

David Osojnik, Bitstamp's Chief Technology Officer, says:

“While Bitstamp’s matching engine was already very good by crypto standards, this will put us in the same league as traditional exchanges with decades of experience. Our platform’s order matching speed is expected to become 1250x faster, while throughput will increase by 400x.”

The implementation will be done in several stages, with the first stage taking place in Q1 of 2019; the new matching engine should be fully integrated into Bitstamp by the end of Q2 2019.

According to Cinnober's press release, Peter Lenardos, the CEO of the Cinnober Group, stated:

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Bitstamp, facilitating continued success for their marketplace. Bitstamp is one of the world’s leading bitcoin exchanges and has a position of trust in the digital currency trading community. By upgrading their trading technology to further improve performance and stability as interest from investors and regulators grow, they demonstrate their firm commitment to providing a safe and reliable marketplace.”

As for Bitstamp's CEO (Nejc Kodrič), he said:

"This is a crucial step on our mission to bridge the gap between crypto and traditional finance."

Eric Wall, Cinnober's Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Lead, tweeted:

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Bitstamp

Crypto Exchange Kraken Working to Add Lightning Network Support Later This Year

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is working on adding support for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network later this year, according to the firm’s Bitcoin strategist Pierre Rochard.

Responding to a user on Twitter asking the firm for a clear timeline on its plans to add support for the layer-two scaling solution, Rochard confidently responded it’s working on adding it later this year.

Rochard later on retweet a user’s question on what the milestone would be for the Lightning network to be considered “ready,” which implies Kraken – and potentially other cryptoassets trading platforms – have been holding off adding support until the network becomes more stable.

Bitcoin Lightning Network was launched in early 2018 and quickly started being adopted right after, By May 2019, a total of 1,039 BTC were locked on the scaling solution, but the number of bitcoins users were moving off-chain started dropping soon after.

LN's growth over timeSource: DeFi Pulse

Several cryptocurrency exchanges have, however, already rolled out support for the Lightning Network. Bitcoin-to-gold exchange Vaultoro added support for it in May 2018, while South American crypto exchange Buda added them in October 2018.

While several other cryptoassets exchanges have since added support for the Lightning Network as well, the oldest cryptocurrency trading platform that added support was Bitfinex. Kraken would be one of the oldest exchanges supporting it as well.

The Lightning Network is supported by various Bitcoin community members as the cryptocurrency’s best scaling solution, as it takes payments off-chain. Another prominent scaling solution, now widely supported by Bitcoin Cash proponents, is to increase the block sizes on the network.

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