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MDP 3.0, is CME migrating to a new data comm protocol?

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There are timing issues involved in how to precisely and accurately break apart and correctly synchronize (insert) the components of a packet into the resulting output stream. This is because the stream is not just trade executions, but is happening in parallel with book update events. It is the correct and accurate ordering of these asynchronous event streams that has in the past caused significant problems for vendors.

In the current protocol, there is a well known race condition between asynchronous trade execution events with the separate stream of order book update events. This race condition, can produce a mis-ordering of events in the resulting stream produced by an invalid vendor algorithm inadvertently causing buy orders to appear as sell orders and conversely sell orders to appear as buy orders in the stream. With each vendor's home brewed algorithm we ended up with vendors implementing a variety of solutions resulting in a ranking list from good to bad of retail data streams with respect to what we call an 'unfiltered' data feed. A significant variance of the accuracy of unfiltered data feed currently exists from vendor to vendor.

This really is not the case, as each trade in the feed is marked as a buy or sell aggressor (true for old and new protocol). There are some trades that come thru not marked (i.e. implied trades), and these trades can cause some minor differences between vendors. Now if the vendor does not send that flag thru, then what you say is totally true as they have to be marked based on the current book at the client end which is a crap shoot.

In the old protocol, it was very painful because all updates were interspersed, so you could see a packet with trades and book updates for multiple symbols in any order. So, you are correct there were some serious race conditions to watch for, but it was manageable. In the new protocol, that is mitigated with the event model, so things are not interspersed.

Another major factor is how the vendor gets and processes the data. Each vendor has to decide how to interface to the MDP stream. If you are using an off the shelf component, you may not have access to the info to do the splitting, because you are getting a massaged version of the data. If instead the vendor writes to the lowest level, then they have the info.

I think in the short term, you will see differences between vendors until the CME switches over to MDP only and people decide on showing aggressor trades vs split trades).

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