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

XRP Trading Now Available to Customers of Huobi Marketplace in USA and China

On Thursday (April 18), Huobi Marketplace (formerly known as "HBUS"), the cryptoasset exchange operated by San Francisco-based company HBUS Holdco, Inc. ("HBUS"), the exclusive U.S. partner of Singapore-based Huobi Global Limited (“Huobi Global”), announced that XRP trading had become available on Huobi.com.

The Huobi Marketplace originally went live under the "HBUS" brand on 10 July 2018. Initially, trading was only available in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Tether (USDT), Civic (CVC), Dash (DASH), and TrueUSD (TUSD). By 29 November 2018, 12 cryptoassets and 35 trading pairs were supported. 

Then, on January 11, HBUS published a blog post in which the company's CEO, Frank Fu, said that HBUS had "obtained exclusive rights to use the Huobi brand in the U.S." and changed the name of its marketplace (i.e. crypto trading platform) from HBUS to Huobi. HBUS also said that it had migrated "from its previous website (www.hbus.com) to the new domain at www.huobi.com."

In a press release issued on the same day, which was also posted to its blog, HBUS explained that it would continue to be "the company operating the U.S. trading platform," while Huobi Global, Huobi Group’s flagship digital asset exchange, would continue "to operate under its own name at hbg.com."

Here is how HBUS explained the advantages of this strategic partnership with Huobi Global:

"The exclusive licensing agreement and partnership gives HBUS a reputable brand to provide U.S. traders with localized trading experience. A closer relationship also means more technological support from Huobi Global for HBUS, which will provide advanced stability and security features."

Thursday's announcement by Huobi Marketplace informed customers that in order to provide them with "carefully vetted and high-quality trading options," it was adding support for XRP:

"Starting now, you can deposit XRP on the Huobi Marketplace, and the estimated opening time for XRP trading and withdrawals will be April 19th, 2019 at 12:00AM PST. Supported XRP trading pairs include XRP/USD, XRP/BTC and XRP/USDT."

 

Featured Image Courtesy of HBUS