Performance Guide



1. Use multiple instances with different chart update settings

Great way to distribute processing load. Instead of jamming all into one, multiple instances are created which maintain their own copies of chartbooks, settings, and chart data.

Official Sierra Chart Documentation Here:

  • Open Sierra Chart
  • Create new instance by selecting File > New Instance from the title bar
  • Dedicate 1 instance for lower latency updates, the other(s) for lower latency (Easier with multiple computer monitors)
    • First change the default update interval for each instance: Global Settings > General Settings > Chart Update Interval in Milliseconds. Ex. 100 for instance 1 trigger charts, 800 for the other instance for slower updates
    • Next change the interval on indiciducal charts. Click the chart > Chart Settings > [*Display] > Chart Update Interval in Milliseconds. Ex. 100 for trigger chart

Tip: To open all instances on startup go to Global Settings > General Settings > Instances to Run on Startup. 2,3,4 etc

2. Lower the Days to Load data for every chart possible

For each chart in a chartbook, only select the neccessary days to load. Keep in mind if you have studies that use older data they will not function correctly if the required data exceeds the days loaded value. Ex. The Previous Week Hi will not show on charts if the days loaded is only 2 days. The more days that are loaded on each chart the longer the start-up time. Use the absolute minimum.

3. Only display necessary charts, and minimize or hide all others

Every chart that is open or even collecting data should have a purpose. Minimize all low visual priority charts. To disable the graphics of the chart reducing CPU load:

  • Title Bar: Window > Hide Window

4. Set Chart Update Interval to the slowest possible times

Assuming by now the user has at least 2 instances (or copies) of Sierra Chart consider the following:

Instance 1: Lower latency by default - for triggering trades - custom settings for certain charts

Instance 2: Higher latency (slower) - for data and charting - custom settings for certain charts

With that said, go through every chart in the chartbook and set it to a slower Chart Update Interval if possible. This excludes trigger charts.

5. Avoid excess or power heavy drawing tools on charts

An excess amount of chart drawing tools can really slow down performance and loading times.

  • avoid using graphical lines with thickness greater than 2
  • avoid excess use of dotted, alternate, or dashed lines on charts
  • avoid excess use of any transparent coloring among tools and studies
  • drawing tools are less demanding of resources than subgraphs generally

6. Lower and remove visual settings on default operating systems (Windows)

By default a Windows PC will have many visual features that may lower performance slightly when compared to those settings being turned off. Taskbar, windows, title bars, theme.

7. Try Sierra Chart on Linux

For the full guide on running Sierra Chart within Linux click HERE. Or, charting and backtesting from the Linux copy and trading execution on the root system.

8a. Perform regular backups

Copy all Sierra Chart files from the USER/SierraChart folders to a safe place. 2 Physical locations, 1 cloud based minimum. Automate or set reminders.

8b. Cloud based storage

For traders using multiple computers, use a Cloud storage solution to easily move files between computers.

The Files from the USER/SierraChart/ folders can be copied into the cloud storage from Computer 1, and downloaded onto computer 2.

9. Use spreadsheets sparingly

Aside from automatic trading uses, consider running active spreadsheets on secondary instances of Sierra Chart (More on instances HERE). Avoid spreadsheets in same instance as trading execution trigger chart.

Trim down lines on a spreadsheet. Remember that each line will be moved and calculated as new bars come in. This can negatively impact performance. Fix:

  • Open the settings window for any Spreadsheet study
  • Set the Number of Rows to a very low value, such as 10.

10. Keep Sierra Chart Up To Date, or Roll Back Versions

To use the latest version, or roll back:

  • SC Menu: Help > Download Current Version
  • Yes
  • Install
    • Or type the specific version if desired

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