Release notes

    2.8.2🔗

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Added proper display factors for SOM spreads
    • Fixed a bug that could cause a UI failure when trying to change settings in a synthetic ladder

    2.8.1🔗

    Bug fixes🔗

    • Fixed an error in the UI grids filtering widget

    2.8.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Added ProRata and Scratch algos
    • Ladder badge now grows/shrinks to fill the containing cell
    • Attached algo parameters are now displayed in the update panel
    • Fixed a bug where the update panel would show '-' values when only 1 order was selected
    • Fixed a bug that cause cause a failure on startup if the user loaded a workspace with a Ladder that had a dynamic order type selected by default
    • Increased width of login panel to better show login error messages
    • Added optional 'Maker/Taker' pricing to Spreader algo
    • Algo buttons in ladder can now be made to deactivate after launching an algo or remain 'sticky'

    Internal changes🔗

    • Made it easier to generate simple UI's for new order types

    API Changes🔗

    • Dynamic orders can now use QuantityMeasure parameter types

    2.7.2🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Changed the login dialog to avoid leaking workspace names from other users.
    • Added new Splitter algo. From the manual: The splitter is useful for pro-rata markets where you want to vary your exposure independent of the order quantity that you want to fill. The splitter will complete when the number of fills reaches or exceeds the order quantity but it will put exposed_qty total size on the market. Splitter favors order size over queue position.

    Internal Changes🔗

    • Made spark more resilient to lack of connectivity to the CME web site for downloading of templates.

    2.7.1🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed some issues with the Cover algo, where in some circumstances it would erroneously cancel launched hedges on completion.

    2.7.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Allowed algos to process "in-flight" fills while shutting down
    • Changed the cover algo to continue to hedge while shutting down

    API Changes🔗

    • Changed the API so that algos do not fully terminate until all their children are terminated. Algos that are in the process of shutting down in response to a complete or cancel call will still receive child updates, which they can use to calculate and report an accurate fill count (during this shutdown stage algos cannot create, cancel or update children). A new IAlgoServices method, is_shutting_down(), can be used to determine if an algo is shutting down.

    2.6.2🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed an issue in the ladder where in some cases the mini order book could not be brought up from a badge
    • Fixed a rare race condition that could lead to erroneous limit enforcement
    • Fixed an issue with the margin limits where an error could occur if an account name with more than 12 chars was used

    2.6.1🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed an issue in the ladder where an error could occur when trying to change ladder settings for the first time

    2.6.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • In the ladder made last trade more distinctive when overlayed on the volumn column
    • In the ladder, corrected display of volume tool tip
    • In the ladder, changed the consolidation of last trade to consider only the price ignoring aggressor changes
    • Added an option for the Top Algo to delete itself if within N ticks from top of book
    • Address a rare issue that could lead to an error report on UI exit
    • Added margin risk limits
    • Added the "Offset" algo. Offset prices a child algo at a parameterizable distance from the top of the book
    • Avoided switching the current account and order type on open ladders when limits are changed

    Internal Changes🔗

    • Ensure that admin logins are always allowed to login, regardless of keycode status.

    2.5.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Added loss limit risk check
    • Made algos, synthetics and user names private so that multiple users can share a single system privately.
    • Allowed the mini order book defaults for column widths to be changed from the mini order book
    • Allowed the mini order book to shrink to the minimum size that will be needed to display the selected columns
    • Improved accuracy of the directional arrow when displaying last trades in the volumn column

    2.4.0🔗

    User Visible Settings🔗

    • In the ladder, changed the last trade column to accumulate successive trades at the same price
    • Fixed a bug in the order book where the right side ladder would display the top leve order's security rather then current row's
    • Added OK, Cancel buttons to the security picker for ladder profiles or sounds
    • Added ladder settings for the mini order book
    • Added a safety check to guard against unintentional market crosses
    • Improved the Queue Holder mode in the spreader:
      • Added a Show Quantity, allowing the spreader to keep queue position of the trailing orders as Fills (of size Show Qty) happen
      • Improved spreader performance when in Queue Holder mode

    Internal changes🔗

    • Suppressed order callbacks for completed/canceled orders. This should eliminate some bogus error logs by spreader orders.
    • Addressed a potential concurrency issues with service initialization.

    2.3.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Introduced multiple settings profiles for the ladder
      • This allows multiple standard configuration for the ladder, optionally with security specific variations
    • Made Cover order more independent from its hedging chidren:
      • Cover continues to operate even if an hedging child is canceled
      • When a cover is canceled it will detach from any running hedging children, instead of canceling them
    • Changed Lean, Join and Cover algos to hide themselves in the ladder once they have completed their work
    • Changed manual fills to appear in day PnL rather than in the SOD records
    • Add buy/sell coloring to fill rows in fills window
    • Streamlined the mini order book:
      • Display of the mini order book popup is quicker
      • Only exchange orders are displayed
      • Update buttons are only displayed for orders that are under control of an algo with the update applying to the entire algo, not just the exchange order
      • We can now select multiple rows to attach, detach, update or cancel multiple orders in a batch
      • A checkbox column has been added to make clearer which rows are selected

    API Changes🔗

    • Enhanced the API to allow algos to implement custom cancel handling
    • Allowed algos to control their visibility in the ladder through the API

    Internal Changes🔗

    • Added system requirements to Spark documentation
    • Implemented keycodes
    • Temporarily rejected stop and stop limit orders, pending bug fixes

    2.2.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Made our orders easier to spot in MBO display
    • Changed middle-click on center column to recenter ladder and introduced Alt middle-click on center to bring up the MBO popup
    • Fixed Net/Absolute radio button in risk admin UI
    • Fixed double counting of spread legs in limits
    • Removed expired fills from the system
    • Improved handling of orders with undiscovered securities
    • Added feedback to the ladder when the user attempts to middle click on bid/ask columns using an order that does not have parameters
    • Fixed display of algo studio algo types in order book
    • Hid net change setting in synthetic ladders
    • Fixed a number of problems with filtering on the Fills form
    • On the Lean algo, OnToward and Away are now calculated with respect to the opposite inside market at time of the order launch
    • Iceberg Spreaders with queue holders are not erroneously cancelled after the first fill
    • Added security symbol column to fills window
    • Re-organized ladder settings dialog to make it clearer and easier to use

    2.1.4🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed handling of cancel button in security picker

    2.1.3🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed a simulator bug in the handling of 0 sized orders

    2.2.1🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed order book form exception when display a spreader order for whichs the legs were not present yet

    2.1.1🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Added PIQ to GLBX Iceberg orders
    • Corrected handling of stop limit orders

    2.1.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Added support for the GLBX Iceberg order type
    • Allowed quick algo param edits by middle-clicking on either the bid/ask columns or a "favorite" button
    • Added support for manual fills, either entered manually or imported from file. Manual fills are used only for P&L purposes, they have no impact on limits
    • Allowed the LTQ and VAP values to be overlayed on the same ladder column
    • Added day position information to the ladder
    • Added PIQ to the mini order book
    • Fixed a rare bug that could lead to server failure when requesting market data
    • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect price displays for certain types of synthetic securities

    2.0.5🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed a bug in the handling of rejected QHO orders
    • Implemented stricter position limit enforcement
    • Fixed a bug that could cause server failure when trying to attach to already attached orders

    2.0.4🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed performance regression in order manager

    Internal changes🔗

    • Improved market data diagnostics for bad configurations
    • Changed market data default buffer size

    2.0.3🔗

    Internal changes🔗

    • Improved backwards compatibility in UI settings

    2.0.2🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Middle click the ladder price column to show the orders for that price level
    • Middle click the bid or ask column in the ladder no longer sends an order

    Internal changes🔗

    • Improved market by order performance under heavy load
    • Fixed a concurrency bug in SIM

    2.0.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Support for attaching and detaching algos to existing orders
    • Support for display and update of all parameters in running algos
    • Streamlining of order badge decorations in ladder
    • New order search/filtering algorithm for order book
    • Simpler representation of complex algo chains in order book and mini order book
    • Visual and usability improvements to mini order book
    • Streamlining of algo parameter dialog in ladder
    • New spreader queue holder behavior
    • Visual improvements to the order book
    • New server side API
    • Improved admin UI performance
    • Optimized PIQ rendering

    Internal changes🔗

    • Exchange simulator no longer requires daily sequence number reset
    • Improved MD resilience to corrupted shared memory
    • Native orders can now buffer updates/cancels when disconnected or pending first acknowledgment
    • Improved settings manager tool output
    • Added diagnostics in the event MD memory corruption is detected
    • Added systems tests for join,lean, iceberg and spreader orders
    • Made exchange order recovery more resilient in the presence of database loss

    1.6.2🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    Exchange simulator🔗

    • Exchange simulator now now produce position in queue data

    1.6.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    New Features🔗

    • You can now view your order's position in queue in the ladder

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Fix a bug in the order popup in the ladder which could lead to a crash.

    1.5.9🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fix for stunnel connections on Windows 7

    1.5.8🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed a bug where it was possible to crash the UI by entering an order through the order ticket if Enter was used to dismiss the dialog.
    • Fixed a spreader reporting bug which could cause the server to crash if an algo was used to control certain types of synthetics
    • Improved user message when the UI fails to login
    • Integrated stunnel into UI to make VPN setup unnecessary in unsecured environments.

    1.5.7🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • New videos have been added to the manual describing the Algo Studio and Spreader
    • Fixed a bug that occasionally would cause windows to be position outside the visible screen on startup
    • Fixed a bug in the order book form that would occasionally cause the Recreate Order option to be unavailable
    • Added a confirmation step to Cancel All, Cancel Buys and Cancel Sells commands
    • Fixed Aggressor coloring and ladder high/low coloring in the SIM execution gateway
    • Added initial support for ICE market data
    • In an effort to streamline the PnL report we've made the following changes:
      • The PnL report will by default filter for Futures contracts only
      • If you wish to see Spread contracts again you may change Security Type column filter
      • The PnL report will now only show rows in which there is a position (net and/or day)
      • The Exchange, Start PnL, Total Net Pos, and Total Net PnL columns are now hidden by default
      • These columns can be restored by toggling their visibility within the PnL's Settings form
      • A new Traded Today column has been added to the PnL
        • Filtering on this column will allow a user to restrict the report to only show today's position

    Internal changes🔗

    • Improved organization of the shell notification architecture
    • Added logging to help troubleshoot shell exit hang

    1.5.6🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    • Fixed a bug that could cause limits to be erroneously enforced
    • Improved algo documentation
    • Changed how the spreader uses net change
    • Simplified trigger algo user interface

    Internal changes🔗

    • Defaulted to not recording sim market data
    • Improved documentation build
    • Added additional performance tracing

    1.5.5🔗

    • Fixed Market View 'stale working orders' bug

    1.5.4🔗

    • Avoided logging when warming up cache

    1.5.3🔗

    • Fixed sounds startup issue

    1.5.2🔗

    • Added better logging to AlgoDefinitionService

    1.5.1🔗

    • Fixed missing securities in the Fills and P&L windows.

    1.5.0🔗

    User Visible Changes🔗

    New Features🔗

    • This release introduces a major new feature, the Algo Studio, a set of tools allowing traders to create their own algos by composing existing algos to express unique strategies.

    User Interface Improvements🔗

    • Removed security key field from most grids
    • Removed trade key field from time and sales grid
    • Fixed the "Since Open" time filter to use the exchange open time rather than 8:30 AM
    • Fixed the floating order book so that rows are no longer highlighted after an order is modified
    • Relocated quantity and price columns in floating order book immediately after the cancel column; users now can move the mouse a much shorter distance when modifying their orders
    • The escape key now closes the floating order book

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Fixed the "Since Open" time filter to use the exchange open time rather than 8:30 AM
    • Fixed a bug in the order book where sometimes parent orders would not update their last message column.

    Algos🔗

    • Added OCO Algo
      • An OCO order creates a relationship between a child order and a 'stop' or 'other' order such that when one of these is cancelled, both cancel, or when one is filled, the other order's size is debited in the amount of the fill. Composing this order with Cover simulates scalping functionality

    SDK🔗

    • Improved SDK documentation and usability
    • Dynamic orders are now properly identified in the order book

    Documentation🔗

    • Information on the Spark API has been added to the Spark manual
    • The documentation has been updated and reorganized to make information easier to find

    Internal Changes🔗

    • Improved robustness of limit system test
    • Fixed a bug in handling of built-in bts to user that could lead to failure to login as bts in old systems
    • Improved market data subsystem to support security definition updates
    • Fixed a startup race in market data that could lead to data corruption on startup
    • Increased default order price precision to 8 digis as required by some CME products

    1.4.11🔗

    New Features🔗

    • Floating Order Book
      • The floating order book provides a quick view of orders occupying a price level in the ladder
      • Launch the Floating Order Book by middle-clicking a ladder badge
      • Cancel orders by clicking on the red X in the Cancel column
      • Quantity and Price modification
        • Clicking on a row will select it, providing the option for changing your price and quantity
        • Enter in a new value or use the up/down buttons to set a desired value
        • Press the green checkbox to finalize your change and update the order

    SDK🔗

    • Improved SDK documentation and usability

    User Interface Improvements🔗

    • The following spreader quoting parameters have been deprecated:
      • Hidden parameter
      • Price Type setting of the Conditional parameter

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Fixed a limit enforcement problem that could lead to 0 sized orders being sent to the exchange

    1.4.10🔗

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Removed duplicate entries in performance log

    1.4.9🔗

    SDK🔗

    • Added ticker events to the order API

    Performance Improvements🔗

    • Significantly improved hedging speed

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Fixed a visual oddity in the order book UI when using High DPI displays

    1.4.8🔗

    Marketdata🔗

    • Additional trade details for CME ticker

    1.4.7🔗

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Corrected FIX tag 1028, ManualOrderIndicator, when orders are triggered by algos

    1.4.6🔗

    Ladder Usability Improvements🔗

    • The ladder can now be zoomed in/out according to a user's preference
    • The zoom slider can be enabled from Ladder Form -> Settings button -> Left Pane tab -> check Zoom Slider checkbox
    • The zoom functionality can also be performed via hotkey and mouse wheel combinations
      • Zoom In = CTRL + Mouse wheel up

      • Zoom Out = CTRL + Mouse wheel down

      • Reset zoom = CTRL + Mouse wheel click or double click on the zoom slider

    Exchange simulator🔗

    • Improved the exchange simulator to track real market data more closely

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Fixed a UI crash in some cases when attempting to sort the order book by time

    1.4.5🔗

    • Fixed entitlement validation for ICS spreads
    • Tuned performance logging

    1.4.4🔗

    Performance Improvements🔗

    • Reduced performance logging activity

    1.4.3🔗

    Ladder Usability Improvements🔗

    • Controls found in Left Pane of the ladder can now be hidden via the checkboxes found under Ladder Form -> Settings button -> Left Pane tab
    • The Left Pane is now scrollable with the mouse wheel when there isn't enough vertical space to accomodate the entire form
    • The Left Pane can now grown and shrunk horizontally via the splitter between the left pane and the main ladder area

    Performance Improvements🔗

    • Requoting and hedging latency has been reduced by up to 30%

    Software Development Kit (SDK) Improvements🔗

    • The API now enforces authentication

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • The Market View form now honors filters when new securities are added

    1.4.2🔗

    User Interface Improvements🔗

    • When creating a synthetic from the Market View window, securities are now added to the Create Synthetic dialog in the same sort order as they appear in grid

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Shell no longer crashes when removing a security from the synthetics window
    • It is now possible to create a new synthetic using the same name as a previously deleted synthetic

    SDK Improvements🔗

    • Improved Client and Server SDK clarity and documentation

    Performance Improvements🔗

    • Synthetic calculation speed was improved by 400%.

    Risk / Entitlement System🔗

    • Risk Admin UI
      • Spark users now have separate Trading, RiskAdmin, and/or MDAdmin permissions
      • Spark users can now only add other users or accounts if permissioned to do so.
    • Market Data Entitlement
      • Automated market data reporting

    1.4.1🔗

    Tabs🔗

    • Tabs now shrink and expand to make better use of horizontal space

    Bug Fixes🔗

    • Fixed a bug that could cause excessive CPU usage when a connection broke
    • Fixed a layout bug in hedging/requoting performance reports
    • Fixed account name mismatching bug for old fills

    Absolute Position limits🔗

    • Positions can now be netted or absolute for purposes of limit enforcing

    1.4.0🔗

    Speed Enhancements🔗

    • Improved requoting and hedging performance
    • Improved order book form performance

    Server Side SDK🔗

    • Added a beta version of the server side SDK

    Front End🔗

    • Added status bars to all UI grids

    Reporting🔗

    • Added reporting of hedging and requoting performance

    1.3.8🔗

    Speed Enhancements🔗

    • Further speed enhancements

    Conditional (new quoting parameter)🔗

    • Reduces re-quoting updates by only quoting if N ticks away from the opposite inside market.
    • Quotes are canceled when it gets further away.
    • "Price Type" dictates if this logic applies to the quoting market or to the synthetic spread market.

    1.3.7🔗

    Net Change pricing🔗

    • The ability to price synthetics based off of net change

    1.3.5🔗

    Speed Enhancements🔗

    • Further speed enhancements

    Separation of implied and direct market data🔗

    • Viewing within a market view will now show 3 columns
      • Direct
      • Implied
      • Merged
    • Ability to configure the market data size in a ladder as the following
      • Direct
      • Implied
      • Merged

    Synthetic creation option to choose Merged or Direct🔗

    • The ability to choose Merged or Direct per leg when creating a synthetic

    Volume at price🔗

    • Within a ladder, you can now see a volume at price graph
    • This is configurable from a ladder's settings as well

    Customized settings in all windows🔗

    • All windows now contain a settings page where grid settings (font color, size, etc) are applied
    • These settings can be saved on a per-window basis or as a Default for newly-launched windows

    1.3.1 Through 1.3.4🔗

    Speed Enhancements🔗

    • Further speed enhancements

    1.2🔗

    Market View🔗

    • Synthetic future leg working orders are now shown

    Order Book🔗

    • Many visual facets of the Order Book grid can now be customized
      • The Order Book settings page can be accessed from the gears icon in the Order Book toolbar or from the right-click menu
    • The Expand/Collapse All button has been separated into two different buttons on the toolbar

    Sound Alerts🔗

    • Sounds alerts can now be configured for various order events
    • Configure sounds under the Sound/Notification Triggers on the Order Book settings page

    Fills🔗

    • Newly launched fill windows will filter out start-of-day records by default

    PnL🔗

    • Prices are now formatted with penny precision
    • Day PnL has been added to the Totals footer at the bottom of the window

    Ladder🔗

    • Order badges now have been improved to communicate a variety of order state
      • Background color now indicates order side
      • Child orders will display a one-character abbreviation to their parent order enclosed in a rectangle; the rectangle will have a fill color matching the parent order
      • Border color around badge will match the associated algo color
      • Exchange orders will present with a solid dot in the badge's top-right corner
      • When multiple orders reside at the same level, a solid triangle will be present in badge's bottom-right corner; all other badge decorations will not be visible in this state
      • Hedge orders will present with a vertical line inside the badge's left border
    • Trigger orders, once triggered, will no longer be shown in the ladder
    • Session High and Low visual indicators have been added to the Price column
    • Session range is now indicated in the Price column
    • A button reflecting position has been added above the quantity field
      • This button reflects the position for the currently selected account
      • Pressing the button will copy the position size to the quantity field
    • Order quantity button size values are now customizable
      • Default size preset values can now be changed, as well as added or removed
      • This can be configured per ladder instance (i.e. per security) by making use of the Custom tab
    • Synthetic ladders that were saved as part of a workspace are now restored on startup

    Synthetics🔗

    • Hedge Ratio parameter has been renamed to Lean Qty Factor
    • Spreader now includes a Hidden mode parameter
      • A quoting leg can be hidden, ie an order will not be sent out until the market crosses the computed quoting price. When that happens, the quote is sent out as an IOC order.

    Algos🔗

    • Trigger orders now can contain a Trigger Exit parameter based on time or price; once the exit condition has been met the Trigger order will cancel
    • IOC/FAK order type added
    • Cover order type added
    • Canceling a synthetic order no longer cancels any working hedge orders

    General🔗

    • A manual page has been added to the launcher Help menu
    • Various help buttons and tooltips were added throughout the application
    • Various cash per point values updated
    • Time-based grid filters now have tick up/down buttons
    • Numerous performance improvements and stability enhancements
    • Automated position and Order Book maintenance during daily recycle
      • Individual fills will be compacted into the Start of Day position records
      • Orders from the day before the recycle will be deleted

    1.1🔗

    1.1.22🔗

    • Order Book: Orders in Error status can now be recreated
    • Order Book: Orders containing child orders will now be collapsed by default.
    • Order Book: Expand / Collapse All button added to the right-click menu and window action pane, denoted by ▲ icon
    • Order Book: Symbol column added to allow for filtering based on group symbol
    • Time filters now have a quick Set Last Hour hyperlink which will set the Period Begin filter to (Now - 1 hour)

    1.1.20🔗

    • Update CME market data handler for price precision extension. https://www.cmegroup.com/confluence/display/EPICSANDBOX/Price+Precision+Extension

    1.1.8🔗

    • Enabled wild cards in risk management UI
    • Fixed spreader order updates

    1.1.7🔗

    • Fixed spread leg price fill
    • Fixed HO cash per point value

    1.1.6🔗

    • Fixed occasional crash when filtering fills
    • Fixed several cash per point multipliers
    • Colored time of sales row with aggressor side
    • Iceberg orders now cancel (rather than an error) when a child is canceled

    1.1.0🔗

    • Added per user self match protection, location and self match protection FIX tag settings
    • Implemented a new "Trigger Order" algo
    • Corrected tick formatting for a number of products
    • Added the ability to recreate canceled orders
    • Added leg fills to facilitate futures based PnL
    • PnL report now has PnL columns calculated based on your Start of Day, current day, and total position
    • Start, Day and Total PnL columns are painted with a red or green background color based on if the pnl value is negative or positive respectively
    • Corrected cash per point values, used in pnl calculations, for a number of products
    • PnL report will now remember any customizations you make to filtering and/or sorting criteria