The business of producing and delivering video for multiple screen devices is a dominant and ever-growing portion of the content delivery network market. This is a hotly contended space from both communication service providers (CSPs) and everyone else in the industry including cable operators, over-the-top (OTT) vendors, broadcasters and digital PayTV providers.

The majority of video content delivery has gone all IP and, depending on the business model, is being run across either private or public cloud infrastructure, or both. The side effect is a commoditization of solutions that: makes it increasingly difficult to find differentiation among competitors; and, deployed systems are difficult to modify or upgrade as business models are re-evaluated, resolutions and configurations change, and video standards themselves are changing.

In response, Kontron developed hardware that is at once powerful, easily reconfigurable, and power-efficient. It supplies all the necessary throughput, reliability and density to maximize an operator’s revenue per HD and even UHD video stream.

THE INTEL QUICKSYNC GPU STRATEGY

For at least four chip generations, Kontron has capitalized on the Intel strategy to offer Intel Xeon E3 processors with built-in graphic processor units (GPUs) as a means to offload the CPU from various high computational video transcoding workloads. An even more crucial component is its Intel Media Server Studio SDK which enables developers to “hook” their application to the GPU and even do further customizations to determine how they want to configure speeds versus latency, compression efficiency and power consumption.

CLOUD SCALE VIDEO DELIVERY IN A SINGLE PLATFORM

Kontron applied the Intel strategy into the SYMLOUD Series of converged infrastructure platforms, which re-packages into a single, yet highly scalable 2U enclosure, up to 18 Intel Xeon E3-1578L v5 processors (codename Skylake H), which feature a more robust graphics processor unit (Iris™ Pro Graphics P580) and Quick Sync Video enhanced for real-time HEVC transcoding.

The overall benefits are numerous, including: up to 250 or more AVC – HEVC 1080p30 video streams per 2U; up to 18 HEVC 4K60p video streams per 2U; up to 18 CPUs that are open to run other concurrent functions; a 90% rack footprint reduction; field-replaceable and/or re-configurable modular servers and switches; reduced OPEX from greater power efficiencies; and, High Availability hardware designs back by long-life support.

Intel QuickSync

WHAT KONTRON CAN DO FOR CONTENT & VIDEO-DRIVEN SERVICE PROVIDERS

Depending on your business model and requirements, Kontron is just as flexible to offer OEM solutions as it is to work with multiple encoding/transcoding or OTT software developers to build a “recommended solution” for their operator customers around the world.