“Media Cloud” proposal for “sea of transcoders” for data centre video acceleration

August 11, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Socionext, out of its activities in SoC technology for video and imaging systems, has announced its “Media Cloud” program, designed to provide more than a tenfold improvement in server performance for video processing in the data centre.

Under this program, Socionext will collaborate with partner companies to deliver data centre servers and related services. Evaluation of the prototype is currently underway, and the company expects the products to be in operation by 2018.

The program addresses the ever-increasing and compute-intensive mass consumption of high-quality video, specifically the need for efficient and dense live transcoding for today’s standards and tomorrow’s 4K AVC/HEVC requirements.

Socionext engineers have integrated a “sea of transcoders” into standard 1RU (1-unit-high-rack mount) servers, with server-class CPUs supporting established software components such as FFmpeg and GStreamer. The number of channels per 1RU, power consumption per channel and cost are claimed to be an order of magnitude better than comparable solutions with standard servers. The solution, based on the company’s multi-format codec SoC MB86M30, is capable of real-time transcoding up to 256 Bundles of AVC/ HEVC Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streams (for 1080p60 input). The MB86M30 handles all video-processing functions within a single chip, drastically reducing power consumption to as little as 1/10th of conventional systems built with standard servers, directly cutting operating expenses. It supports encoding, decoding and transcoding of video and audio in MPEG2, AVC/ H.264 and HEVC/ H.265 with equal facility.

It is estimated, Socionext adds, that 20% of worldwide server usage is applied to video encoding and transcoding. The growing adoption of the HEVC standard, which requires lower transmission rates to provide equivalent video quality at the cost of compute-intensive encoding, increases the complexity of processing video content.

Socionext is working with server partner companies to launch MB86M30 based accelerated servers late in 2017.

Socionext Media Cloud Solution:

Multi-Format Codec MB86M30:



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