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Exotic options are financial derivatives which have complex features including path-dependency. These complex features make them difficult to price, as only computationally intensive Monte-Carlo methods can provide accurate prices. This paper proposes an FPGA-accelerated control variate Monte-Carlo (CVMC) framework for pricing exotic options. An optimised implementation of arithmetic Asian option pricing under this framework in a Virtex-5 xc5vlx330t FPGA at 200 MHz is 24 times faster than a multi-threaded software implementation on a Xeon E5420 at 2.5 GHz; it is also 2.4 times faster than the Tesla C1060 GPU at 1.3 GHz.
Date of Conference: Aug. 31 2010-Sept. 2 2010