Aperi Advances Software-Defined Remote Production With V Stack

At the 2018 IBC show Aperi will spotlight the latest software generation of its Virtualization Stack (V Stack) remote production network, which now includes expanded functionality for feed monitoring, content logging and license management as well as support for third-party orchestration and control systems.

Aperi’s micro-services platform uses a service-oriented architecture (SOA) software design, allowing virtualized media functions to be dynamically connected between one another for live remote production workflows. Microservers (SDMPs) and their virtualized functions can be strung together within a single A1105 server or between multiple racks using IP.

Visitors to the show will see firsthand how deploying a software-based workflow—instead of traditional hardware-only or hybrid architectures—enable broadcast functions that can be turned on or off, as needed. In its exhibit booth, the company will demonstrate a live 4K production chain that is using the company's production platform to achieve true remote production. Demonstrations of the company's latest ACIPS high QoS source-timed clean switching products enabling significant bandwidth savings will also be highlighted.

Underpinning Aperi’s technology is V-Stack, an innovative FPGA-powered software platform that provides more compute power than CPU- or GPU-based processing. Optimized for live production, it provides a much faster and more agile remote production with lower latency.

With the V-Stack at its core, the platform enables the immediate start and stop of broadcast functions through apps with flexible licenses. The platform is also based on container-based technology (with automatic discovery and registration proven in the data center software world), removing the need for manual processes and administration or field engineers.

During the show, visitors will be able to see how V-Stack reduces seconds of latency to just milliseconds. V-Stack’s RESTful API structure underlies an easy but resourceful integration with any orchestration system.

Joop Janssen, CEO at Aperi, said the updates to the platform will increase customers’ ability to output the highest-quality live programming faster and more effectively.

“Our dynamic licensing, for example, allows operators to achieve simple workflow management through the spinning up and down of broadcast functions and floating them around network edges and core locations,” he said.

The stand will also feature the latest IP security and monitoring solutions for SMPTE-2110 and 2022 production and delivery networks to ensure programming is kept safe throughout the production chain. These include software-integrated NAT & Firewall, hitless, FEC, A/B and auto-microserver failover and self-healing mechanisms.

A remote production network can either be deployed on generic FPGA-powered servers or Aperi’s dedicated edge servers. A new addition to the company's product range, the A1101, an intelligent new one-blade microserver with an integrated IP switch, will also be on the stand. Demonstrations of the unit will show how users with more limited signal service needs can deploy smaller edges on their networks.

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