Media & Entertainment

IP-based video for Next Level Performance

Ethernet Video Fabric (EVF) — IP-based video for Next Level Performance In M&E

For live broadcasting, content distribution and post production alike, NVIDIA's leading IP-based technologies enrich the video experience and bring the audience and content closer together. The move from HD to 4K/UHD, 8K & HDR not only shows the need for absolute bandwidth, but also shows the inability of the current proprietary technology (SDI) & traditional Fibre Channel storage to deliver. Driven by their need to have the underlying hardware innovate at their speed, the media & entertainment industry is now transitioning to a converged Ethernet fabric for both their application and the storage, an open standard that has been powering the datacenters for decades. NVIDIA empowers our customers to create, process and deliver contents quickly with the next-gen IP networking.

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Techie's Guide To:Ultra-High Definition IP Video Processing

Multi-media and production companies are dealing with an explosion of high-definition content. Download this Techie’s Guide to help you understand, evaluate, and choose the right network infrastructure for IP video processing.

In this Techie’s Guide you’ll learn:

  • How an Ethernet Video Fabric can increase productivity and improve ROI
  • How IP can support 4K and 8K concurrently for file access ingest, edit, and rendering
  • Best practices for transporting video, audio, and ancillary traffic over IP networks
  • How packet pacing ensures smooth delivery and limits congestion at speeds up to 100G
  • How to reduce technology “lock-in” risk with open standards-based IP protocol

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NVIDIA Rivermax® Video Streaming Library for Media and Entertainment, Smart Cities and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)

Rivermax implements an optimized software library API for media streaming applications. Rivermax runs on NVIDIA ConnectX®-5, or higher, network adapters and makes use of ConnectX dedicated hardware streaming accelerations. Rivermax enables the use of common off-the-shelf (COTS) servers for HD to Ultra HD flows. Rivermax combined with the use of world-leading NVIDIA ConnectX-5, or higher, network adapters offers a unique IP-based solution that enables compliance with SMPTE 2110-21, while reducing CPU utilization for video data streaming and achieving highest throughput.

Key Features:

  • SMPTE 2110-21 (Narrow) compliance with NIC packet pacing even at 100GbE
  • Single Xeon core receives or sends 64 HD streams
  • Performance scales linearly
  • SMPTE ST 2022-6 Transport, 2110-30 Audio, and 2110-40 Ancillary for live production
  • Offloads application to deal with frames/lines level
  • Cloud ready
  • Easy integration with PTP stack
  • Supports Linux and Windows
  • Simple straight forward API to meet the streaming application needs

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ConnectX®-5 Ethernet adapters

Provide the most flexible interconnect solution for IP-based broadcast and video streaming applications at speeds of 10/25 and 40/50/100Gbps. Broadcasting applications running over IP transport can achieve the highest efficiency and application density with the hardware-based stateless offloads and flow steering engines. These advanced offloads reduce CPU overhead for packet-processing and lowest latency. NVIDIA ConnectX-5 enables packet pacing together with Rivermax software for SMPTE ST 2110-21 compliance and to prevent network congestion.

Key Features:

  • Up to 100Gb/s Ethernet per port
  • 10/25/40/50/56/100Gb/s speeds
  • Single and dual-port options available
  • Hardware packet pacing for SMPTE ST 2110-21 compliance (Requires Rivermax software)
  • Erasure Coding offload
  • T10-DIF Signature Handover
  • CPU offloading of transport operations
  • Application offloading
  • Hardware offloads for NVGRE and VXLAN encapsulated traffic
  • End-to-end QoS and congestion control
  • Hardware-based I/O virtualization

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ConnectX 5 Ethernet Adapter

NVIDIA SN2010 – Best Performance Switch for Media and Entertainment applications

NVIDIA Spectrum open switches deliver the industry’s highest performance and lowest latency to support throughput required for all video requirements including 4K, 8K, HFR and HDR. With flexible switch buffers and zero-packet loss they provide predictable network performance. Consistent and very low port-to-port latency and jitter with QoS & DSCP features ensure an ultimate experience whether its live streaming or post production studios.

SN2010 Switch-System

Key Features:

Scalable layer-2 and layer-3 cloud designs

  • High density wire speed 1/10/25/50/100/200/400GbE ports
  • Consistent and low cut-through latency
  • Flexible shared lookup table
  • 64-way ECMP with adaptive routing

Network Virtualization with VXLAN overlays

  • Single pass VXLAN routing and bridging without loopbacks
  • 10X better tunnel scale (than the competition)
  • 6X better Virtual Tunnel End Point scale
  • VXLAN with RoCE Storage and Machine Learning workloads

Fully Shared Buffer

  • Maximum resources for congested ports to support superior microburst absorption
  • Monolithic buffer provides predictable performance and fair traffic distribution
  • Intelligent congestion management and congestion spread avoidance for ROCE


  • Detailed and contextual telemetry with What Just Happened (WJH) to answer the When, What, Who, Where and Why questions as soon as an issue happens.
  • Hardware accelerated histograms track and summarize queue depths at a sub-microsecond granularity. Avoids false-alerts common to simple watermarks/thresholds
  • Inband Network Telemetry*

LinkX Cables

Transmitting video over any fabric requires a very high degree of performance and accuracy. All NVIDIA cables and transceivers are built to a very high standard to support and maintain our company mantra of high speed and low-latency. Passive copper Direct Attach Cables (DACs), Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and optical transceivers are all built with lowest-power, lowest-latency and lowest-cost in mind.

Cables and transceivers are available in SFP, QSFP and OSFP form factors for 25G NRZ and 50G PAM4 signaling. Tested to the industry’s lowest Bit Error Rate (BER) of 10e-15 means fewer transmission errors and retries compared to competing products.

Key Features:

Scalable layer-2 and layer-3 cloud designs

  • BER less than 1E-15 compared to competition at 1E-12
  • Lowest cost, latency and power
  • Extensive product offerings up to 10km in:
    • 10/40G with 10G signaling
    • 25/50/100G with 25G signaling
    • 50/100/200/400G with 50G PAM4 signaling


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