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Quadra

Video Server

Video Processing Unit | Quadra ASIC G5
Quadra Video Server powered by Codensity G5 VPU

Video Processing with AI

Built on the Supermicro 1114S-WN10RT server platform, NETINT’s Quadra Video Server boasts ultra-high density encoding capacity enabled by ten T1U VPUs (video processing units).
Supports:
  • HEVC, H.264, AV1 video encoding
  • HEVC, H.264, VP9 video decoding
  • Up to 8K resolution
  • 10-bit HDR
  • Silicon AI engine 

VPU Benefits

Quadra Video Server includes ten Quadra T1U VPUs making it capable of delivering up to 320 live simultaneous 1080p30 encoding sessions.

Low Cost
The industry’s most cost efficient video server platform. Up to 20x lower cost than software encoding on CPU.

Ultra High Density
Up to 320 1080p30 live streams in 1RU cuts power requirements for equivalent workloads up to 95%.

Integrated AI Engine
180 TOPS of cumulative AI processing power supports popular frameworks.

Low Latency
VPUs deliver sub-frame latency for interactive and live streaming applications.

4K/8K Live Encoding
Encode up to 40 4Kp60 or 20 8Kp60 live streams with FFmpeg or GStreamer.

Advanced Codec Support
Modern codec support without sacrificing performance with AV1, HEVC, and H.264.

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This is why Google built a custom chip for YouTube

For everyone else who isn’t Google,
we did the heavy lifting for you.

Google’s ASIC called ‘Argos,’ helps YouTube encode and process videos much more efficiently. Argos chips provide “up to 20-33x improvements in compute efficiency compared to its previous traditional server set up,” according to a Google executive. Another report suggests that Argos replaced over 10 million Intel CPUs in YouTube.

ANNUAL OPEX

Required to deliver 10K concurrent live HD streams

SERVER DENSITY

SERVER DENSITY

Servers required to deliver 10K concurrent live HD streams

ASIC

NETINT ASIC video processing units (VPU)

GPU

NVIDIA T4 graphic processing units

CPU

Intel SVT with CPU-based encoding

The real cost
of live streaming

CAPEX and OPEX comparison using
3 video process/encoding scenarios.
Test assumptions: – Servers run 100 concurrent five-rung encoding ladders – x264 very fast preset used for CPU-only processing.

SOURCE: How to Slash CAPEX, OPEX, and Carbon Emissions Using the NETINT T408 Video Transcoder

Logan Video Server, Quadra Video Server - The real cost of live streaming

ASICs will be the engine powering all future video streaming experiences.

Early adoption of ASICs slingshots video streaming platforms ahead of their competition due to their low operational cost basis.

Designed for the Cloud

High-density live UHD transcoding

The NETINT Quadra video server takes full advantage of the video processing capability inside the Codensity G5 ASIC to support H.264, HEVC, and AV1 HEVC live encode functionality of up to 8K UHD video in SDR and HDR with HDR10 and other popular high dynamic range standards. By offloading complex encode and decode processing to the Codensity G5 ASIC, the Quadra T1U VPU minimizes host CPU utilization. The result is a significant improvement in realtime transcoding density compared to any software or GPU-based transcoding solution.

Every NETINT Quadra Video Server installed in a data center replaces as many as 25 software-based video encoding servers.

High power efficiency

Each NETINT Quadra T1U U.2 module consumes only 20W of power at full load. This makes the Quadra Video Server, the most energy efficient video transcoder available.

Enterprise NVMe integration

Deployed in a U.2 form factor (and also available in HHHL AIC form factor), Quadra T1U offers a simple upgrade path from CPU-based software to ASIC video encoding on any enterprise-class server.

AI Engine

Two Deep Neural Network engines capable of 18 trillion operations per second (TOPS) enable object detection, classification, and segmentation to provide additional data to the encoding engine for image quality improvement and content-adaptive rate control for advanced performance and functionality. Seamlessly integrated for region-of-interest (ROI) encoding and background replacement. Additional features to be released.

8K UHD Video Encoding

The Codensity G5 ASIC enables up to 8K video transcoding using the HEVC and H.264 codecs (AV1 is limited to 4K). Advanced codecs like AV1 and HEVC deliver superior quality to H.264 with up to a 60% reduction in bitrate, but when produced by CPU-only encoders, can require up to 10x the processing power, limiting throughput severely. HEVC and AV1 output with the Codensity G5 ASIC should be similar to H.264, making 4K and 8K live resolutions affordable and scalable for the first time.

Flexible Architecture

The Codensity G5 is built on a programmable microprocessor architecture to optimize the firmware and pipeline processing for improved performance and increased video quality. This counters a criticism that silicon-based encoders lack upgrade flexibility.

Quadra

Video Server

VPU | Codensity Quadra G5
Figure 2 - The Quadra Server - software architecture for controlling the Quadra Server

Many video processing and transcoding applications developers use FFmpeg and GStreamer, two open-source software libraries offering a vast suite of video processing functions. The T408 includes highly efficient FFmpeg and GStreamer compatible SDKs, allowing operators to apply a patch to complete the integration.

The libavcodec patch on the host server functions between the T408 NVMe interface and the FFmpeg and GStreamer software layers, simplifying integration and enabling fast and efficient performance and capacity upgrades.

Specifications

CPU Options

AMD EPYC™ 7232P Server Processor (8-core).

AMD EPYC 7543P Server Processor (32-core)

AMD EPYC 7713P Server Processor (64-core)

Operating System

Ubuntu 20.04.05 LTS (as of May 2023)

Memory

8x 16GB DDR4-3200

Storage

400GB M.2 SSD

NVMe Support

10x

PCIe Expansion

Up to 3x PCIe slots

Network Options

Dual 10GBase-T LAN

Power Supply

700W: 100 – 140Vac

750W: 200 – 240Vac

750W: 200 – 240Vdc (CCC only)

Transcoders

10x NETINT Quadra T1U

Encoding Capacity

Up to 40 4Kp60 or 320 1080p30

Codec Support

H.264 – Encode/Decode

HEVC – Encode/Decode

VP9 – Decode

AV1 – Encode

Transcoder Software

FFmpeg, GStreamer

Quadra T1U

Video Processing Unit

Codensity ASIC G5
Netint Codensity, ASIC-based Quadra T1U Video Processing Unit

Specifications

Form Factor

U.2 (SFF-8639)

Power Interface

PCIe 4.0 x4

Protocol

NVMe

Power Consumption (Typ)

20W

Usage

24/7 Operation

Operation Temperature

0 degrees C to 50 degrees C

RoHS Compliance

Meets requirements of European Union (EU) ROHS

Compliance Directives

Product Health
Monitoring

Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology

(SMART)

commands Temperature Monitoring and Logging

Hardware Interface

Available U.2 slot

The video engine inside.

The Quadra T1U is a U.2 form-factor video processing unit with one Codensity G5 ASIC. Operating in x86 and Arm-based servers, the T1U enables video operators to move from software to hardware-based encoding to power real-time video applications and the metaverse at a TCO that is up to 85-99% lower than CPUbased solutions.

The Quadra T1U uses the Codensity G5 ASIC to support AV1, HEVC, and H.264 real-time video encoding at up to 8K resolution with 10-bit HDR. The Quadra T1U’s exceptional throughput enables ultra-low latency encoding of up to 16 broadcast quality 1080p60 streams using AV1, HEVC, or H.264.

The addition of two Deep Neural Network engines capable of 18 trillion operations per second (TOPS), enables functions such as object detection, classification and segmentation, and ROI to provide additional data to the encoding engine for image quality improvement and content-adaptive rate control.

H.264 AVC Encode/Decode H.265 HEVC Encode/Decode AV1 Encode

Profile

CBP / BP / XP / MP / HiP / Hi10P
Main / Main 10
Main

Level

1 to 6.2

1 to 6.2 Main Tier

1 to 5.3

Min / Max Resolution

Min: 32 x 32 / Max: 8192 x 5120

Scan Type

Progressive

Bitrate

64kbit/s to 700Mbit/s

VP9 decode

Profile 0, Profile 2, Level 6

Software Integration

FFmpeg and GStreamer SDKs.

Direct Integration with LibXcoder API

Capacity

Up to 16x 1080p60, 4x 4Kp60, 1x 8Kp60

Region of Interest (ROI)

ROI enables the quality of some regions to be improved

at the expense of other regions

Closed Captioning

Quadra supports EIA CEA-708 closed captions for H.264

and HEVC encode and decode

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Quadra supports HDR10 & HDR10+ for H.264 & HEVC

encode and decode

Low Latency 

Quadra supports sub-frame latency

IDR Insert

Forced IDR frame inserts at any location

Flexible GOP Structure

8 presets plus customizable GOP structure