Parallel processing, conventionally held out as a quick and efficient problem solver for the scientific and government community, has started to take firm hold within the financial world.

These computing systems descended from the very powerful and very expensive supercomputers - are composed of many microprocessors ganged together in loosely coupled clusters of several units each. The processors feed off the same pool of computer data, but due to their special architecture, the processors can work independently, thereby attacking tasks or queries from several angles at the same time.

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