Broadpeak has announced a new software-based CDN benchmarking tool in collaboration with Intel.
Using Intel Xeon scalable processors and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), as well as Intel Network Builders’ Secure DevCloud environment, the tool is said to simulate highly realistic video player behaviours and support next-generation protocols. This allows content providers and communication service providers to deliver high-quality video to global audiences.
“Streaming standards and protocols are ever evolving and we recognised that the industry requires powerful, agile and realistic benchmarking tools,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “We developed this innovative solution in collaboration with Intel to help our customers increase their CDN performance, deliver exceptional QoE for video streaming delivery and reduce their impact on the environment by using less resources.”
The benchmarking tool provides users with detailed information about the performance of their content delivery network in real conditions, enabling them to make adjustments, as needed, to ensure the best performance. The tool is one of the first to offer full support for low-latency video streaming protocols, including Low Latency HLS and Low Latency DASH. Running on Intel-based servers that can temporarily be turned into test platforms to run the CDN benchmarking software, Broadpeak’s solution is described as highly portable, easy to install on-premises and simple to update.
As Broadpeak’s CDN benchmarking tool is purely software-based, it can run on any spare server, avoiding the need to invest in dedicated hardware for temporary needs.
“CDN is a fast-changing technology with rapidly evolving streaming protocols. To keep pace, content providers and ISPs need an efficient benchmarking tool that is able to emulate a real-life video delivery workload. Broadpeak addresses this important industry challenge with a benchmarking software solution that operates on standard server hardware,” said Lynn Comp, vice president, data platforms group, general manager, visual infrastructure division & NPG strategy at Intel.