Toshiba NPEngine boosts video streaming
April 10, 2012
Recognising that in today’s networked world, more and more video is delivered over IP networks to PCs, tablet PCs, smartphones and Smart TVs and that as this volume continues to grow, on a daily basis, it is driving a need for powerful video streaming equipment on the server side, Toshiba Corporation has unveiled NPEngine, which it claims is the world’s first hardware engine for streaming servers that directly delivers video content from SSD (solid-state drive) to IP networks, without accessing the server’s CPU or memory resources.
NPEngine can simultaneously deliver up to 64,000 high quality video streams at a rate of 40Gigabit per second, far surpassing the performance of a typical server, and reducing power consumption, the number of servers and the space required.
Toshiba’s NPEngine provides an alternative that eliminates burdens on server CPU and memory resources by delivering video content stored on SSD directly to IP networks. This direct delivery also boosts the number of high quality video streams that can be delivered at once to 64,000 at 40Gb per second. This not only more than triples the performance of a 2RU server, it also cuts space requirements by 70 per cent and power consumption by 77 per cent, for server arrays supporting simultaneous delivery of 1,000,000 video streams.
NPEngine is also compliant with the newest HTTP adaptive bit rate streaming without any modification of existing HTTP streaming applications.