Financial applications are compute-intensive and require incredibly fast hardware and software. IBMís PowerXCell 8i processor and IBM BladeCenter QS22 provide the enormous computing power needed for complex processes such as collateral debt obligation and options pricing. The cell technologies from IBM enable financial markets firms to solve complex problems at a lower cost than ever before. IBM also provides firms with libraries and compilers to make it easy to port existing applications over to the cell platform. In addition, the cell platform integrates with the rest of the firmsí hardware and software infrastructure, including third-party applications such as Calypso. For example, integration with Calypso enables firms to deploy trader applications that provide accelerated acknowledging, explains Kevin Reilly and Balaji Veeraraghavan with IBM Systems and Technology group.