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:

 

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First Stablecoin Trading Pair Goes Live on Binance DEX

Venture capital backed blockchain startup Stably, the issuer of USDSB, the first stablecoin to be launched on Binance Chain, has announced that a trading pair for USDSB is going live on Binance DEX today (June 24).

Seattle-based Stably was co-founded by Kory Hoang (Chief Executive Officer), a former Private Equity Data Analyst for PitchBook, David Zhang (Chief Technology Officer, who used to be a Software Development Engineer at Amazon, Amiya Diwan (Chief Product Officer), also a former Software Development Engineer at Amazon, and Bryan Guy (Chief Legal Officer), who is a licensed attorney.

Stably announced on 1 November 2018 the early access launch of its pegged and fully dollar-collateralized stablecoin, StableUSD (USDS), which had first been launched on the Ethereum mainnet on 16 August 2018. Stably said at the time that the fiat reserves were held in FDIC-insured escrow accounts managed by custodian Prime Trust, and that a leading accounting firm, Cohen & Co., would be conducting weekly attestations for these fiat reserves. 

Then, on 1 February 2019, USDS got listed on Binance's centralized exchange (Binance.com), and two trading pairs for it—BNB/USDS and BTC/USDS—went live on 5 February 2018.

Later that month, trading pairs to support trading USDS against four other stablecoins—USDT, USDC, PAX, and TUSD—became available on Binance.com.

On March 18, Stably said that USD had received support from Binance's over-the-counter (OTC) desk. Kory Hoang, the Stably CEO, had this to say at the time:

“Partnering with Binance OTC allows us to provide even more liquidity to trading shops who want to move large amounts between major cryptocurrencies and USDS."

In a blog post published on June 3, Stably announced it was going to issue StableUSD on Binance Chain, and that USDSB, a BEP-2 token, would become the first stablecoin on Binance Chain. Mahraan Qadir, Director of Product Management at Stably, went on to say:

Building on Binance Chain provides many benefits for stablecoin users, such as improved security, ease of use, and speed of transaction. This makes USDSB one of the fastest major stablecoins on the market, with one-second block confirmation time and the ability to process several thousands of transactions per second."

He also said:

Expanding onto Binance Chain will also allow the Stably team to eventually submit a proposal to list USDSB on Binance DEX, an initiative that we are planning to achieve in the coming weeks. If it is approved by the validators and gets listed, USDSB will become the first stablecoin to launch on Binance DEX..."

Well, now, three weeks later, we find out via another blog post by Qadir that USDSB has indeed been listed on Binance DEX and that trading pair BNB/USDSB is going live today on Binance DEX (expected to happen aat 10:00 UTC). Furthermore, he says that Stably is "planning to list USDSB with additional assets on Binance DEX very soon."

Also, according to Qadir, today, two trading pairs for USDSB are being launched on Binance.com: USDSB/USDT and USDSB/USDS.

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