Most traders will host their cTrader automated strategies (cBots) on a Virtual Private Server (VPS), these servers do not come cheap and the memory or RAM as it is known can add to the cost. Most VPS service companies offer a low amount of RAM for the basic package, which is usually not enough for cTrader, to get just 4 GB of RAM you have to pay twice as much.
What is RAM?
Random-access memory is a form of computer data storage which stores frequently used program instructions to increase the general speed of a system. RAM is used as "temporary storage" by your computer. The amount of RAM you have determines the number of programs and services the computer can have open and running.
So what happens when your computer runs out of memory (RAM)?
When your computer runs out of memory, your computer will start to use the hard drive space for "Virtual Memory". The problem with this is that your hard drive read/write speeds are much slower than the RAM read/write speeds. You will notice your hard drive activity LED constantly flashing, and your computer will start to run slow. The more "Virtual Memory" used, the slower your computer will run.
Do You Need a Large Amount of RAM on the VPS Server?
The answer is a simple "NO", there are many things you can do to reduce the amount of memory being used by your PC or Server so that your Algorithms can run smoothly. Watch the video below which will explain how you can reduce memory usage without having to pay out large amounts of money each month.
cTrader cBot Memory Manager
The memory manager (booster) will assist you in keeping your cTrader or cAlgo trading platform memory down to a minimum while at the same time not affecting the performance.
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Reporting with Excel using Log Files
All the log files are comma delimited CSV files which are perfect to import into excel and to create a historical graph of memory usage, with this information you can decide if you should upgrade your RAM on your machine or not. Every day a new log file is created as shown below.
Each time there is a memory boost an entry is added to the log.
Watch a Video Demonstration
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Why Do You Need a Virtual Private Server?
If you are serious about algorithmic trading then you need to host your robots on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) for resilience, most of the cloud servers today boast a 99.5% up-time. The VPS is a virtual machine sold as a service.
To find out more about hosting your robots (cBots) on a VPS server, just click on the link below.
Click here to find out more about using a VPS Server
HOW TO REDUCE CPU USAGE ON YOUR VPS
Further reading on how to reduce memory and CPU usage on your VPS
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