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Services and features for EBS markets New Release testing are being phased into the CME Globex New Release environment according to the EBS Market on CME Globex Launch Schedule, which includes details on New Release and Production milestones, including session creation launch dates.

With the launch of EBS Market on CME Globex for client testing, two testing environments will be available to EBS clients. These environments are in separate data centers and have distinct connectivity. EBS clients should select the testing environment(s) that support the trading platforms, modes and services they need: 

  • EBS Customer Lab
  • CME Globex New Release Environment -  clients may choose from the following connectivity options:
    • CME Cert VPN: a secure, encrypted tunnel through an internet service that supports VPN protocols.
    • CME Cert Data Center: cross-connect to CME Data Center locations (where offered), using a 1Gbps fiber handoff.

For complete details, refer to the EBS Integration - Environments Overview.  

CME Request Center NR/Cert is used to create and view requests for CME Globex entities and post-trade information for use during testing. After testing is complete, CME Group requires that all client systems are certified by AutoCert+, the CME Group API certification tool that is used to test API conformance for Order Entry, Market Data, and Drop Copy.

Please choose the applicable scenario to test EBS Market:

New Clients

EBS clients who are new to using AutoCert+ and CME Request Center NR/Cert must complete the following steps:

  1. Secure connectivity to CME Group’s Globex New Release environment.  
    1. Clients must submit the Environment Access Request and Change Form for EBS on CME Globex to access the CME Globex New Release environment.
  2. Ensure that you have registered a CME Group Login with application access for each user requiring access to the CME Group testing environments. 
  3. Provide your CME Global Account Manager (GAM) with your CME Group Login(s). Your account manager enables access to the test environment and entitles users to the respective firms.
  4. Request access to Reference Data API
  5. Log into CME Request Center NR/Cert using your CME Group Login. The path is CME Group Customer Center>Administration>Request Center NR/Cert. See additional login details as needed.
  6. Submit company details for approval. You may proceed to the next step prior to receiving this approval.

    From the Market drop-down, select EBS.
  7. Create an application system profile and submit it for approval.
  8. Create additional users if necessary. Your CME GAM reviews and approves your company details, application system details and new users.
  9. Create Globex Firm IDs (GFID) and Globex User Signatures (GUS).

    • The legacy term "Deal/Floor Code" is now referred to as "Globex Firm ID (GFID).
    • The legacy term "Trader Id" is now referred to as "Globex User Signature (GUS)".
    • The GFID Participant Type is either:
      • Bilateral - a first class trading participant that “trades in own name”. Bilateral participants are known to each other, grant bilateral credit to each other, and settle with each other. Optionally, they may grant prime credit to their prime clients.
      • Sponsored (i.e. Prime or Prime Customer) - a participant that is not known to the market. To trade, Prime Customers receive credit allocation from a Bilateral participant (their Prime Broker) and "trade in the name of” that Bilateral participant.
      • Self-Prime - a participant who is part of the same Institution Group (i.e "legally related participants" as defined by CME Group staff) with their immediate Credit Parent. A Prime Customer can be Self-Primed.
    • Some Production GFID(s) have been prepopulated by CME Group and will be migrated to the Production environment when available. When creating a test environment GFID, do not use an existing Production GFID.
  10. Create iLink, Drop Copy, and Market Data (MDP TCP) sessions as needed using the GFID you created in the previous step. 

    iLink, Drop Copy and Market Data sessions are created on Wednesday during the maintenance window and available for client testing immediately after the maintenance window; and on Friday after the close for use the following Monday

    For example, an iLink session requested on Monday afternoon will be available for client use after the Wednesday maintenance window. An iLink session requested on Wednesday night will be available on the following Monday.

  11. Create secure key pairs for iLink and Drop Copy sessions.
  12. Create a canonical FIX message for iLink and Drop Copy sessions and populate the HMAC signature for logon.
  13. Configure the IPs and ports for your iLink, Drop Copy, and/or MDP TCP sessions. From CME Request Center NR/Cert, IP/Port details are available from EBS Requests>Order Entry Session.
  14. Subscribe to receive Test Environment Notifications via email.
  15. Begin testing in the new release environment.
  16. Complete certification using the available AutoCert+ test suites, as available.

Existing Clients - Add EBS Market to Customer Profile

Clients who have an existing customer profile in CME Request Center NR/Cert and need to test EBS Market must complete the following steps to add EBS Market to their profile:

  1. Request access to Reference Data API
  2. Log into CME Request Center NR/Cert using your CME Group Login. The path is CME Group Customer Center>Administration>Request Center NR/Cert. See additional login details as needed.
  3. Edit the most recently approved company details to include EBS as a Market and Submit

  4. Your CME GAM reviews and approves your company details update. 

  5. As needed, create Globex Firm IDs (GFID) and Globex User Signatures (GUS)

    The GFID Participant Type is either:

    • Bilateral - a first class trading participant that “trades in own name”. Bilateral participants are known to each other, grant bilateral credit to each other, and settle with each other. Optionally, they may grant prime credit to their prime clients.
    • Sponsored (i.e. Prime or Prime Customer) - a participant that is not known to the market. To trade, Prime Customers receive credit allocation from a Bilateral participant (their Prime Broker) and "trade in the name of” that Bilateral participant.
    • Self-Prime - a participant who is part of the same Institution Group (i.e "legally related participants" as defined by CME Group staff) with their immediate Credit Parent. A Prime Customer can be Self-Primed.

    Some Production GFID(s) have been prepopulated by CME Group and will be migrated to the Production environment when available. When creating a test environment GFID, do not use an existing Production GFID.

  6. Create iLink, Drop Copy, and Market Data (MDP TCP) sessions as needed using the GFID you created in the previous step.

    iLink, Drop Copy and Market Data sessions are created on Wednesday during the maintenance window and available for client testing immediately after the maintenance window; and on Friday after the close for use the following Monday.

    For example, an iLink session requested on Monday afternoon will be available for client use after the Wednesday maintenance window. An iLink session requested on Wednesday night will be available on the following Monday.

  7. Create secure key pairs for iLink and Drop Copy sessions.
  8. Create a canonical FIX message for iLink and Drop Copy sessions and populate the HMAC signature for logon.
  9. Configure the IPs and ports for your iLink, Drop Copy, and/or MDP TCP sessions. From CME Request Center NR/Cert, IP/Port details are available from EBS Requests>Order Entry Session. 
  10. Begin testing in the new release environment. 
  11. Complete certification using the available AutoCert+ test suites, as available.

EBS Post Trade Testing Options

Clients have the option to validate the EBS Central Post Trade (EBS CPT) adapter functionality and message flow through three different testing options that will become available at different timing and require setup in the CME Group New Release Environment and in the existing EBS Customer Lab:


End to End Testing via Order Entry API

Firms requesting end to end testing between CME Globex and EBS Central Post Trade (CPT) APIs require specific GFID setup with end to end permission from NR/Cert Request Center and mapped between CME Globex New Release environment and Customer Lab.

Availability: Currently Available

Requirements: Access to EBS Customer Lab and CME New Release Environment

Process:

  1. Ensure that you have registered a CME Group Login with application access for each user requiring access to the CME Group testing environments. 
    1. Application access setup: Select products that are traded/cleared: On the Login creation page, Do you currently trade/clear? field, select at least one product from the list.

    2. Email Activation: An email is sent to the registered email address for account activation; it must be activated withing 90 days of creation.

    3. Multi-Factor Authentication: For increased security and to enable application access, set up Multi-Factor Authentication.
  2. Provide your CME Global Account Manager (GAM) with your CME Group Login(s). Your account manager enables access to the CME Request Center NR/Cert test environment and entitles users to the respective firms.
  3. Log into CME Request Center NR/Cert using your CME Group Login. The path is CME Group Customer Center>Administration>Request Center NR/Cert. See additional login details as needed.
  4. Create a Globex Firm ID (GFID) and select Yes to the question "Do you require Post Trade Testing?"  which will assign a predetermined GFID to you that will be able to synchronize with the EBS Customer Lab (CL).

    The GFID Participant Type is either:

    • Bilateral - a first class trading participant that “trades in own name”. Bilateral participants are known to each other, grant bilateral credit to each other, and settle with each other. Optionally, they may grant prime credit to their prime clients.
    • Sponsored (i.e. Prime or Prime Customer) - a participant that is not known to the market. To trade, Prime Customers receive credit allocation from a Bilateral participant (their Prime Broker) and "trade in the name of” that Bilateral participant.
    • Self-Prime - a participant who is part of the same Institution Group (i.e "legally related participants" as defined by CME Group staff) with their immediate Credit Parent. A Prime Customer can be Self-Primed.
  5. A notification including the assigned GFID will be sent to you and to the CIS team, who will work with you to complete any additional setup in the EBS Customer Lab.
  6. Create a Globex User Signature (GUS).
  7. Request an Order Entry Session on the assigned GFID. Test trades will flow to the Customer Lab for verification.
  8. Create Self-Service Injector Request (optional).

End to End Testing via Manual Order Entry

The following instructions describe the process for EBS users to:

  • Create a CME Group Login 
  • Request self-service access from Global Account Management (GAM)
  • Connect to the CME Globex New Release (NR) environment
  • Create Globex Firm ID (GFID) and Globex User Signature (GUS) with end-to-end permissions
  • Configure EBS Workstation to access the Customer Lab to perform Central Post Trade (CPT) testing

Availability: To be announced

Requirement: Access EBS Customer Lab and CME Globex New Release Environment

Process:

  1. All users must create or use an existing CME Group Login with application access and multi-factor authentication.

    1. Application access setup: Select products that are traded/cleared: On the Login creation page, Do you currently trade/clear? field, select at least one product from the list.

    2. Email Activation: An email is sent to the registered email address for account activation; it must be activated within 90 days of creation. 

    3. Multi-Factor Authentication: For increased security and to enable application access, set up Multi-Factor Authentication. 


  2. Contact Global Account Management (GAM) and provide the users' CME Group Login(s).
    The account manager will enable access to the CME Request Center NR test environment and assign system entitlements at the respective firms. 

  3. Go to CME Request Center NR / CERT and log in with the CME Group Login (created earlier).
    If the user is already logged in, go to the CME Customer Center menu, select Administration > Request Center NR / CERT.

    Successful connection to the Request Center NR environment and AutoCert+ setup is indicated by a Welcome to AutoCert+ email, which contains:

    - Link to the AutoCert+ tool
    - Link to the
    Request Center NR environment
    - CME Request Center NR/CERT Help
    - Contact information for
    Certification Support for Electronic Trading (CSET)
    -
    Subscribe for email advisories

  4. From the Request Center NR / CERT menu, select EBS Requests > Globex Firms and Signatures.


  5. Use the EBS Requests  function to Create New Firm ID.

    A GFID, authorized for the EBS Customer Lab, will be assigned and available immediately after creating.

  6. Contact the Client Integration Services (CIS) team who will assist setup of EBS Customer Lab, CPT and EBS Workstation.

  7. Use the Request Center NR / CERT function to Create a New User Signature:

    For the Globex Firm ID field, select the Firm ID, which was created in step 5.
    For testing, users are authorized for all products and unlimited credit.
    An email notification will be sent to you and include the assigned administrative user at the firm.

  8. Successful completion of setup and connection process is confirmed with the following email:

    Welcome to EBS Workstation:
    - Sent by CME Group after processing and activation of the email ID.
    - Confirms successful setup of EBS Workstation.
    - A link to the demo EBS Workstation application and the username/CME Group Login for the authorized user.

Automated Trade Injector

Clients that wish to validate the EBS CPT adapters without need for trade generation themselves can connect to the EBS Customer Lab. The injectors feed looped trade data into the CPT Adapter, which is available for connection. This method is available at all times and the information is refreshed each week. 

Availability: Currently available for EBS Market clients, with EBS Direct trades to be confirmed later this year.

Requirements: Access to EBS Customer Lab

Process:

  1. Notify your regional EBS Client Integration Services (CIS) contact that you wish to test via this method.
  2. CIS will provide all network, application and account setup instructions and work with you until you are prepared in the EBS Customer Lab.
  3. An active session will then be established with one of the pre-configured GFIDs (Globex Firm IDs) to allow consumption of trades.
    1. Should you require more than one session, please contact your CIS representative to assist.
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