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For IP-based solution providers, NVIDIA offers Rivermax, an Ethernet Video Fabric (EVF) solution that boosts video streaming performance in 10, 25, 40, 50 and up to 100 gigabits per second networks.

As the Media and Entertainment (M&E) live video broadcasting industry shifts from a Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to IP-based infrastructure, broadcasters are reaping such benefits as production scalability and flexibility. IP-based solutions also addresses the high bandwidth requirement of 4K UHD and 8K UHD video formats.

Rivermax implements an optimised software library API for media streaming applications. Rivermax runs on NVIDIA ConnectX-5, or higher, network adapters and makes use of ConnectX dedicated hardware streaming accelerations. These offloads allow the application to remain in frame/line(s) level while hardware strips packet-level headers and assembles frames/line(s) directly to application memory.

Rivermax enables the use of common off-the-shelf (COTS) servers for HD to Ultra HD flows. Rivermax combined with the use of world-leading NVIDIA ConnectX-5, or higher, network adapters offers a unique IP-based solution that enables compliance with SMPTE 2110-21, while reducing CPU utilisation for video data streaming and achieving highest throughput.

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