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ASIC-Based Transcoding
for High-volume Use Cases

Including social media, broadcast, interactive platforms, and service providers



ASIC-based transcoders have traditionally been used in high-volume interactive video applications, but the quality and cost efficiencies ASICs deliver have extended their usage into other markets like broadcast, high-volume VOD, and cloud gaming.  

This watchable on-demand symposium features video streaming technologists speaking about how ASICs enable video services to reduce CAPEX and OPEX and maintain or improve video quality. 

With the rush to reduce operating expenses that many platforms face today, and as more users adopt social networks, UGC platforms, and live video services into their consumption habits, video engineers must cope with doing more with less. This is where ASICs can really shine.  

The conference starts with an insightful look from silicon analyst Dylan Patel at the expanding role of ASICs in the transcoding marketplace. Next up are four video engineers describing the cost savings and other efficiencies that ASICs have delivered to their services. 

The following presentations detail how ASIC-based video processing units compare to GPU and CPU-based transcoding. You will learn what’s needed to incorporate VPUs into an encoding stack and the virtualization and QoS features that make NETINT VPUs ideal for shared use in cloud and private data center deployments.  

We aimed to empower you with a full understanding of the benefits ASIC-based transcoding can deliver in high-velocity live streaming workflows.  


High Volume Transcoding for Social Media and UGC - Dylan Patel

Dylan Patel,
Chief Analyst at SemiAnalysis

Kyle Faber,
Product Leader at Edgio

Nacho Opazo,
CTO of Zapping, an OTT provider with operations in Chile, Brazil, and Peru

Sean Varley,
Vice President of Business Development
& Chief Evangelist at Ampere

John O’Neill, Ph.D.,
Principal Software Engineer

Ilya Mikhaelis,
Tech Lead at Mayflower

Kenneth Robinson,
Manager of Field Application Engineers at NETINT Technologies

Daniel Zhou,
Principal Software Engineer at NETINT


Session length: 10 min


Mark Donnigan, Head of Strategic Marketing at NETINT Technologies

Mark will kickstart the event with a warm welcome and an overview of what attendees can expect to learn throughout the symposium. 

Session length: 20 min

About ASICs

Dylan PatelChief Analyst at SemiAnalysis

Dylan will explore the expanding role of ASIC-based devices in the encoding and transcoding landscape and share his vision for how the transcoding market will evolve over the next five to ten years. 

Encoding ASICs for High-Volume Use Cases Presentations

Session length: 20 min

Cloud Service Provider

Kyle Faber, Product Leader at Edgio

Kyle will detail opportunities for CDNs to tightly integrate with video processing on the network edge.

Session length: 20 min

High-Volume VOD

Emilien Gobillot, Head of Infrastructure at

api. video provides an easy-to-use API for video delivery, transcoding, and live streaming. The company recently switched to ASIC-based transcoding and now offers free transcoding to its customers. Emilien will explain the cost savings delivered by NETINT’s VPUs, and the math behind their strategic pricing change.  

Session length: 20 min


Nacho Opazo, CTO of Zapping, an OTT provider with operations in Chile, Brazil, and Peru

Zapping created its own private CDN and pioneered multiple initiatives to expand and enhance live streaming in South America for improved soccer coverage. Nacho will discuss how NETINT’s Quadra Video Server has been a powerful, affordable, and easy-to-integrate solution and give an inside view of how a broadcaster can reduce latency whiledeploying in different countries to open new markets.  

Session length: 20 min

Interactive Streaming

Ilya Mikhaelis, Tech Lead at Mayflower

From CPU to GPU to ASIC: Our Transcoding Journey. Charged with supporting 10,000 simultaneous input streams and over 1,000,000 outbound streams, Ilya experimented with CPU, GPU, and ASIC-based transcoders. In his talk, he details the costs, power consumption, and density of all options, providing both data and an invaluable evaluation framework.

Additional talks:

Session length: 20 min

The Benefit of Ampere Cloud Native Processors in Modern Video Services

John O’Neill, Ph.D. Principal Software Engineer, and Sean Varley,  Vice President of Business Development & Chief Evangelist at Ampere

John and Sean will describe how Ampere Processors based using a Cloud Native architecture delivers outstanding performance, predictability for video stream processing and low power consumption.  The combination of NETINT VPUs and Ampere high-core-count CPUs are ideal for high volume video and content distribution operations like transcoding, streaming, VoD services as well as value added services like deinterlacing and Whisper transcription. Join the team as they describe the technical configurations and performance details in common uses to highlight the substantial benefits of this highly sustainable and cost-effective platform for volume video stream processing.

Session length: 20 min

ASIC-Based Transcoding Compared to GPU and CPU

Kenneth Robinson, Manager of Field Application Engineers at NETINT Technologies

Kenneth compares the three fundamental approaches to transcoding: CPU-only, GPU, and ASICs. With extensive throughput and cost examples (CAPEX and OPEX) for each option, Kenneth presents the pros and cons to help engineers make informed decisions. 

Session length: 20 min

Integrating NETINT’s Quadra VPUs

Daniel Zhou, Principal Software Engineer at NETINT Technologies

Daniel will describe options for integrating Quadra VPUs into an encoding infrastructure and controlling operation, including the single and multiple-card load management capabilities that simplify deployment and operation. He will also detail Quadra’s advanced robustness capabilities that deliver its exceptionally stable operation.  

Session length: 30 min
Panel discussion. Under Mark Donnigan’s moderation, speakers answered questions submitted via the registration form.

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