Ross Video showcases virtualization technology demonstration at IBC 2019

Ross Video is featuring a demonstration at IBC 2019 that showcases the company’s virtualized XPression graphics over IP.

In order to make this demonstration possible, Ross has partnered with VMware and Mellanox Technologies.

Broadcast workloads present some unique challenges for virtualized platforms because of their need for high bandwidths, stringent timing and GPU acceleration.

Ross Video has overcome these challenges and the latest generation of XPression Studio Flex is now supported on VMware vSphere 6.7, powered by Mellanox’s ConnectX-5 Ethernet Network Adapter and Rivermax media streaming library, and is being demonstrated on Ross Video’s booth.

The demo includes:

  • Video over IP using Mellanox ConnectX-5 NICs that are certified by the major server OEMs including Dell, Cisco and HPE.
  • SMPTE 2110 with narrow-sender profile packet pacing
  • Support for SMPTE 2022-7 redundancy in real-world use
  • NDI compatibility
  • Sync via Precision Time Protocol with close to bare metal accuracy
  • Fully virtualized GPU

Mellanox Technologies provided ConnectX-5 NIC provides hardware-based packet pacing for ST2110-21 compliance and PTP physical clock.

Mellanox’s Rivermax streaming library features as part of the demonstration, enabling Ross to seamlessly utilize this COTS-standard Ethernet datacenter class NIC in a virtualized deployment as the video frame buffer.

Running VMware vSphere over ConnectX-5 inbox drivers reduces the need for single-purpose products in the signal chain, and that means utilization goes up, redundancy gets cheaper and maintenance gets easier.