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Next-Generation Live Media Apps on Repurposable Clusters with NVIDIA Holoscan for Media

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NVIDIA Holoscan for Media is now available to all developers looking to build next-generation live media applications on fully repurposable clusters. 

Holoscan for Media is a software-defined platform for building and deploying applications for live media. It revolutionizes application development by providing an IP-based, cloud-native architecture that isn’t constrained by dedicated hardware, environments, or locations. This enables you to simplify the development process, streamline delivery to customers, and integrate emerging technologies, all while optimizing your R&D spend.

First announced at IBC 2023 for early access, the expanded program includes the release of extended source code samples, full multi-arch support, additional services, and full automation of cluster deployment.

Reference applications with source code

Holoscan for Media is provided with reference-containerized applications to easily deploy most media streaming technologies, for testing and development. Media Gateway Next was built on NVIDIA DeepStream to easily provide test sources and destinations for media streaming applications, including ST 2110 and NMOS. The associated Helm chart supports simple customization so that any developer could repurpose the application as a receiver, sender, or transcoder.

Media Gateway Next has been updated with the latest version, DeepStream 6.4, bringing new features from NVIDIA and GStreamer. In common with all other Holoscan for Media components, Media Gateway Next is built to run anywhere, supporting multiple CPU architectures. 

We are now providing source code access to help you build your own software as Holoscan for Media applications.

Expanded platform services and developer tools

After providing a Helm Dashboard user interface to help you deploy, launch, and manage applications on Holoscan for Media, we have now added the simple deployment of core services to extend platform capabilities, paving the way for deploying Holoscan for Media and applications anywhere from edge to cloud:

  • Whereabouts for IP address management on the high-speed secondary network enabling the assignment of application IP addresses dynamically without having to use a DHCP server.
  • Longhorn to easily deploy and upgrade persistent storage with incremental snapshots and backup support as well as cluster disaster recovery.
  • MetalLB network load balancers.
  • Istio service mesh to simplify traffic and security management with telemetry support.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop enabling the set up of a virtual desktop on your cluster and easy remote access for management, development, and testing.

Enhanced cluster automation

The platform automation has been extended, so that after the automated installation of a cluster from bare metal, a second Ansible playbook can fully configure the cluster for Holoscan for Media providing a repeatable and simple deployment. This applies the required performance profile, and installs and configures NVIDIA Network Operator, GPU Operator, SR-IOV Network Operator, and PTP Operator, among others.

Holoscan for Media is now based on Red Hat OpenShift 4.13, which includes fixes, features, and enhancements, and enables access to updated drivers. This update is fully supported by the Holoscan for Media Platform Reference Deployment Guide and Ansible automation.

Scale on optimized hardware

NVIDIA-qualified hardware designs are already available from all major OEMs to help anyone scale Holoscan for Media to large cluster deployments as desired. 

Aligned with NVIDIA OVX Systems specifications and based on NVIDIA L40S GPUs, NVIDIA ConnectX-7 network adapters, and NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPUs, the hardware designs enable you to deploy multiple applications and repurpose your hardware from a small 3-node cluster to hundreds of nodes that can simultaneously run a large number of live media applications, execute graphics-intensive or AI inference workloads, or train your own bespoke large language models.

Learn more 

For more information, see Holoscan for Media at NAB Show 2024 in talks and demonstrations across the show floor including collaborations with Dell Technologies, Sony, Pebble, Media.Monks, Telestream, RED Digital Cinema, Beamr, Comprimato, Lawo, and more!  

NVIDIA Holoscan for Media is available for developer access. To apply, first join the NVIDIA Developer Program and sign in using your professional email address. (Applications from accounts using Gmail, Yahoo, QQ, or similar platforms are not accepted.) Fill out the application, including details about your use case. 

To learn more, see the Holoscan for Media resources.

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