ATTO Address Compute Performance for 4K/8K Editing

FastFrame 40GbE Network Interface Cards to power 8K editing was a highlight of ATTO Technology’s IBC stand.

“We are seeing dramatic shifts in the media & entertainment industry as production becomes integrated with the rest of IT infrastructure,” said Tom Kolniak, Director of Products. “As the only storage and network connectivity company capable of delivering a complete high performance infrastructure from workgroup through enterprise, ATTO’s extensive product line was featured in 16 workflow demonstrations by top manufacturers who use our technology to enable their solutions.”

The FastFrame 40GbE NICs combine near-line speed throughput with a claimed best-in-class latency to enable high-performance applications such as uncompressed 4K and 8K video editing. This power is provided by Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), a feature that uses zero copy data transfers to permit efficient data movement between servers and storage and free up host CPUs for editing, compositing and rendering.

In a live demonstration, ATTO used a FastFrame 40GbE NIC in a Dell Precision T7910 workstation to stream uncompressed 4K footage from a Facilis Terrablock running DaVinci Resolve.

As the claimed market leader in Thunderbolt storage connectivity solutions, ATTO also showcased its full range of Desklink devices at IBC. These are described as providing professionals using mobile workbooks with sufficient performance for 4K as well as uncompromised access to SAS/SATA, Fibre Channel and Ethernet storage and network infrastructures. The mobile opportunities provided by Desklink additionally enable data migration from field to studio for both Mac and Windows platforms.

ATTO also showed a live demonstration of “Bring Your Own Workbook,” a portable solution using Thunderbolt 2 connectivity technology. In the demo, an ATTO ThunderStream SC 4808 connected an HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation to both a CI Design JBOD containing Toshiba SSDs and an HP StorageWorks Ultrium 3000 LTO-5 SAS tape drive. Iometer benchmark tests confirmed how the ThunderStream maintains a consistently high level of throughput even during drive rebuilds.

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