Ethernet Video Fabric Accelerates 4K and 8K Video, Replacing SDI

Mellanox is showing Ethernet Video Fabrics solutions for 4K and 8K video at IBC 2018  

The adoption of 4K video and soon 8K video formats and the transition from Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to IP-based broadcasting drive the need for efficient, higher performance networking technologies that can stream more bits per second in real-time. This is why you should consider using Mellanox’s Ethernet Video Fabrics with the emerging Ethernet speeds of 25, 50, and 100GbE with advanced offload technologies that accelerate data communication for servers and storage in your new video data centers.

Join us at IBC, where we’ll join our partners to demonstrate a wide variety of solutions based on our IP technology for broadcasting and postproduction solutions that address the high bandwidth requirement driven by the adoption of 4K UHD and 8K UHD video formats and from the demanding new standards, such as the SMPTE 2110-21 specification for packet pacing, which addresses both the switch and receiver constraints.

In our booth we will demonstrate Rivermax™ our video streaming library for media and entertainment, smart cities and content delivery networks (CDNs) playout SMPTE2110 video streams on Windows 10 (desktop) – you can see a sneak peek on YouTube.

Rivermax, our video streaming library, offers an IP-based broadcasting solution alternative to SDI.

Please don’t miss our presentations at the IBC conference and visit us in the IP Showcase and in the Expo. Below is a complete list of our activities.



Title: Demystifying troubleshooting PTP Synchronised Media Fabrics

  • Speaker: Thomas Kernen, Staff Architect, Mellanox Technologies
  • When: Friday, September 14th at 4:00PM
  • Where: IP Showcase Theatre located in the RAI Amsterdam in Room E106/107

Title: Timed Switch Implementation over Programmable Hybrid Pipeline

  • Speaker: Aviad Raveh, VP Business Development Technology  Mellanox Technologies
  • When: Sunday, September 16th at 2:00PM
  • Where: IP Showcase Theatre located in the RAI Amsterdam in Room E106/107


Title: ST 2110 Software Based Solutions – Making the Transition

  • Speaker: Nir Nitzani, Sr. Director, SW R&D Mellanox Technologies
  • When: Monday, September 17th at 11:30AM
  • Where: IP Showcase Theatre located in the RAI Amsterdam in Room E106/107


Title: Simplifying the use of AMWA IS-04 through Dematerialized Micro-Services

  • Speaker: Richard Hastie, Sr. Director Business Development Mellanox Technologies.
  • When: Monday, September 17th at 3:00PM
  • Where: IP Showcase Theatre located in the RAI Amsterdam in Room E106/107

IP Showcase

The IP Showcase features a full schedule of must-see IP video education sessions, live demonstrations (including the Rivermax, Spectrum™ SN2010 switch and ConnectX®-5 Ethernet NIC) and the latest interoperability developments. Visit the showcase to learn more about alternatives to SDI for 4K and 8K video.


At the Expo – IP Video Partner Demos & Partner Events

Mellanox 8.E27

Stop by to learn how our Ethernet Video Fabrics (EVF) solutions enable users to address performance bottlenecks and unleash innovation using IP video networks. Also, learn about the significant benefits that Mellanox RiverMax™, our networking orchestration and management software, delivers.


Artel Video Systems 5.A65

Artel Video Systems provides innovative, real-time, multimedia delivery solutions serving global markets. Artel’s is a trusted partner in the development of reliable, standards-based, IP infrastructures and will demo the Mellanox Spectrum™ SN2100 switch.


AVID 7.B55 ; 1.C27

Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption, leveraging IP connectivity with the Mellanox Spectrum™ SN2100 switch.


BBC R&D 8.F08

Demo an efficient delivery of UHD services efficiently over IP using the Turing HEVC codec, multicast distribution to efficiently reach large audiences at scale, dynamic substitution of IP-delivered content into live broadcast services, and low latency internet distribution.


Elements 7.D08

NVMe All Flash Array (AFA) storage with 100GbE RDMA connectivity, delivering performance beyond belief, with incredible high-bandwidths, zero latencies and more than double the throughput – a huge benefit for all media workflows.”


Embrionix 8.B37

Embrionix will demonstrate its 4K/UHD IP solutions for broadcast environments including solutions with Mellanox IP networking technologies.


Excelero 5.B65 ; 7.B07 ; 7.D69  ; 7.D36 ; 7.A55

The Excelero demos will feature the “Any-K video storage for media workflows” use case, which enables customers to build future proof post production infrastructure, optimized for 4K video and ready for 8K and 16K.


Grass Valley 9.A01

Grass Valley will demonstrate the new Rivermax™ Windows Tx and ConnectX®-5 adapters for video acceleration, delivering 8K UHD, 60 FPS with 1 CPU core. In addition, the VMA Linux Multi-Viewer will be shown with ConnectX®-5 adapters.

Nevion 1.B71

As architects of virtualized production, Nevion focuses on building solutions that leverage IP, IT and cloud technology to dramatically improve time-to-production and cost-effectiveness. Demo highlights: Mellanox Spectrum™ SN2100 switch, VMA Linux Sender support, and ConnectX®-5 adapters.



The PHABRIX product portfolio includes the Qx range for hybrid IP, 4K/UHD, and HDR/WCG signal generation, analysis, and video/audio monitoring and the rackmount Rx range for fast intermittent fault diagnosis in 3G/HD-SDI environments and the Sx range for applications demanding ultra-portable instruments.


Pixit Media 7.D69

Demo of high end 8K playback multiple workstations using PixStor and Excelero storage with NVMeoF over Mellanox’s EVF using Spectrum™ SN2100 switch, ConnectX®-5 adapters and LinkX® cables.


Qumulo 9.LP31 ; 15.MS45

The Qumulo NAB live demo will feature a Mellanox Ethernet storage switch with Qumulo’s universal-scale file storage for high performance, unstructured data workloads.


Rhode & Schwarz 7.B21

Rhode & Schwarz will demonstrate Mellanox VMA Linux Multi-viewer and ConnectX-5 adapters with PRISMON AV Content Monitoring Multiviewer Solutions.


TAG V.S. 1.F94

TAG V.S. specializes in innovative IP monitoring & high quality UHD Multiviewer solutions which are IP based and run on standard and mobile devices displays.


For more information on Mellanox’s IP technology for broadcasting and postproduction solutions visit Media and Entertainment Solutions page

About Motti Beck

Motti Beck is Sr. Director Enterprise Market Development at Mellanox Technologies Inc. Before joining Mellanox Motti was a founder of BindKey Technologies an EDC startup that provided deep submicron semiconductors verification solutions and was acquired by DuPont Photomask and Butterfly Communications a pioneering startup provider of Bluetooth solutions that was acquired by Texas Instrument. Prior to that, he was a Business Unit Director at National Semiconductors. Motti hold B.Sc in computer engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Follow Motti on Twitter: @MottiBeck

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