In this digital age, open outcry trading floors have all but been replaced with electronic trading platforms. Traders and support staff (developers, compliance, analysts, etc.) now utilize sophisticated IT equipment to maximize efficiency, speed, accuracy, and frequency of trading operation, including multiple high-end computers designed specifically for the trading environment. Workstations customized for trading operations are available with up to six core processors, speeds in excess of 4.0 GHz, and the capability of supporting 12 monitors. Five computers and 10 monitors per trading floor occupant are common (Figure 2). Developers and analysts are known to deploy dedicated servers at their desks, in addition to workstations, for testing algorithms and simulating trading strategies.
Because the occupant density and equipment heat gain associated with today’s high tech trading floor is much higher than that of a typical office space, it requires an equally sophisticated air conditioning system.