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Boston Limited launches Stream+, an optimised solution for large-scale ultra-high-density live video encoding


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The Hague, Netherlands – November 12, 2019 – Boston Limited, today announced the launch of Stream+ during a keynote address from Manoj Nayee, managing director Boston Limited, during the Xilinx Developer Forum (XDF) Europe, 12 – 13 November, The Hague, Netherlands. Stream+ is an optimised solution enabling large scale ultra-high-density live video encoding. The new appliance is configured using Supermicro® building blocks and powered by Xilinx Alveo accelerator cards and V-Nova’s P+ software.

Hyperscale video services like social and e-sports networks need to encode and serve vast numbers of live streams to their users. The server infrastructure required to satisfy this demand is often the highest cost for network operators. The Boston Stream+ is an ultra-dense encoding solution offering significant quality and cost benefits to video delivery customers.

The Boston Stream+ utilises V-Nova’s P+ libraries, which include the new MPEG-5 Part 2 LCEVC standard that significantly enhances the quality and throughput of any codec such as AVC/H.264, HEVC, VP9, and – in the future – AV1, VVC, and others. The addition of LCEVC delivers better quality than the base codec natively at up to 50% lower bitrates. P+ is optimised for parallel processing to take advantage of the exceptional processing capabilities of the Xilinx Alveo accelerator platform.

Manoj Nayee, Managing Director of Boston Limited, comments: “It is my great pleasure to attend the Xilinx XDF event this week in partnership with Supermicro to demonstrate the Boston Stream+. Boston has been working alongside Xilinx and V-Nova to develop this highly dense encoding solution, enabling use cases such as live 4Kp60 encoding.”

John Lonergan, vice president, Global Data Center Channels at Xilinx, adds, “The ever-growing demand for video is pushing existing infrastructure to its limit, driving the requirement for adaptable solutions engineered to optimise efficiency and performance. The new Boston Stream+ Appliance uses Xilinx Alveo Accelerators to provide unprecedented performance and scaling for video workloads. Together with Boston and V-Nova, we can deliver previously unthinkable video encoding throughput to a range of broadcast, streaming, and content management industries.”

Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder V-Nova, concludes, “I am delighted to see increased industry adoption of our P+ implementation. Its availability on Xilinx accelerated Boston appliances means that large-scale services everywhere can deliver better quality streams at substantially lower costs making a significant difference to both their top and bottom lines.”

Attendees at the XDF Europe event can see the Boston Stream+ in the Supermicro booth #56. For more information on the solution, please visit: www.boston.co.uk/solutions/stream/plus.aspx


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