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5G-MEDIA CODING EVENT

On September 26th and 27th the EU H2020 5G-MEDIA project consortium organised a coding event in Telecommunications school of UPM in Madrid. This event had a practical seminar format and, along the two days of the event, the participants learnt how to deploy a Network Service by using the 5G-MEDIA platform and the main features of it, such as the use of serverless computing paradigm, the optimisation of the network underneath and the unikernel format packaging.

Thursday 26th started with a brief introduction to the general platform of 5G-MEDIA project leaded by NETAS, taking the participants to meet its main components as well the main paradigms in which the work developed on the project life is based on: Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), Serverless computing, Functions as a Service (FaaS) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). NETAS presented, after the introduction, the three Use Cases of the project:

  • Use Case 1: Immersive Applications + Virtual Reality
  • Use Case 2: Smart and Remote Media Production
  • Use Case 3: Ultra HD over Content Delivery Network

The first practical exercise started with the presentation to participants of the 5G-MEDIA SDK. Once they got familiar with this key component of the platform, participants learnt how to edit, validate, onboard into the 5G-MEDIA Apps and Service Catalogue and, finally, instantiate a Network Service. In this case the Functions and Service validated and instantiated were related to the second use case of the project. After instantiating the service, participants learnt how to monitor the different parameters that could be obtainable from the network service by using the Grafana dashboard integrated into the 5G-MEDIA SDK.

The first day finished when IBM took the floor introducing the participants into the Serverless Computing paradigm, showing them how to enable a fast instantiation of services into a cloud environment by using tools like Kubernetes and Apache OpenWhisk. After the theorical introduction, the practical hands-on exercises started showing the FaaS functions declaration and behaviour with different virtual functions such as a transcoder, a speech-to-text and an image recognition function.

The morning of Friday 27th was dedicated, leade by UCL, for tone of the key components of the 5G-MEDIA project, the MAPE loop (Monitor Analysis Policy Execute). The aim of this component is to optimise the Quality of Experience (QoE) of the end users by managing the behaviour of the Network Services and the network underneath. UCL presented the Cognitive Network Optimiser (CNO), which is the main component of the MAPE loop. Participant learnt how this component collects monitoring data and metrics from the Network Service, analyse them and propose a specific set of actions to execute in order to improve the performance of the service. Another important fact that was shown is the placement and interaction of the CNO with the rest of the platform.

After this presentation, participants learnt about the algorithms that the CNO has behind, providing some introduction about concepts of Machine Learning like supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning. Inside this last topic, participants could follow some guided exercises where the performance metrics of the algorithm and the QoE were changing depending on some specific parameters. After this training, participants tried to follow the same rational with some hands-on exercises.

The afternoon started with a presentation about the Unikernel packaging format, leaded by ENG. In this presentation, participants followed the different steps that are needed in order to create a VNF with images in unikernel format before a little hands-on exercise where they could to by themselves.

Finally, NETAS took again the floor in order to present a final exercise, in which participants could design, emulate, validate and onboard into the catalogue a new Network Service. This time, the chosen network service was the Use Case 3, and participant could do it in a free way counting on some helps and tips coming from members of the consortium.

Before the final networking between participants and consortium members, UPM made the wrap-up placing all participants to a future follow-up of the activities, where the consortium will be available in order to solve remaining doubts and issues related to the exercises that may rise form their reproduction.

5G-MEDIA latest dissemination activities

Our colleagues from RTVE have been involved in several events in order to disseminate the 5G-MEDIA Project.

The first event was in Pamplona (Spain) in 21/09/2019 during the XXX TIC Congress (https://congresotic.com/quees/) and Pere Vila, Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation in RTVE, explained the 5G-MEDIA Project and he also explained what it is expected regarding 5G networks and services in the media vertical.

 The second event was held in Málaga (Spain) on 02/10/2019 at the University. This time the speakers were Pere Vila (Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation), Adolfo Muñoz (Director of Broadcast and Networks), Oscar Prieto (Manager of Networks) and Gabriel Solsona. The audience were students, professors and researchers.

Pere Vila had the opportunity to explain the 5G challenges and what it is expected regarding 5G networks and services in the media world, while Adolfo Muñoz carried out a presentation about the global vision of 5G-MEDIA Project and its uses cases.

Finally, Oscar Prieto went deeper into the use case 2, comparing between a TV Production today and a 5G-MEDIA Remote Production and its acquired achievements doing use of the VNF developed in the 5G-MEDIA Project like the MPE (Media Process Engine) and CNO (Cognitive Network Optimizer) and Gabriel Solsona explained the KPI achieved in the project as well as the savings using the Remote Production.

 

 

 

 

 

The third event was held in Salamanca (Spain) on 10/10/2019 at the University. This event was led by Ricardo Rivero (Rector of Universidad de Salamanca) and Federico Montero (Corporate Director at RTVE) on the occasion of the 1st Workshop on Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Media Sector.

On the 5G-MEDIA side,the speakers were, as per the second event, Pere Vila (Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation), Adolfo Muñoz (Director of Broadcast and Networks), Oscar Prieto (Manager of Networks) and Gabriel Solsona. The audience were students, professors and researchers and startups. The presentations followed the same content explained in the event held in Málaga.

IBC’ 19

Our colleagues from Nextworks will be present at IBC’19 (RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre) to showcase an NFV proof of concept on dynamic and automated orchestration of a virtualized Content Delivery Networks (vCDNs) for UHD media streaming in 5G.
The IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) is the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology exhibition, where multiple broadcasters and media stakeholders convene from all over the world to discuss the latest progress and inspire innovation in the media sector.
The vCDN for UHD media streaming demo is based on the ongoing work carried out by the 5G-MEDIA project, co-funded by the EC in the context of the 5G PPP. The core technical enabler of our solution is ETSI OSM, the open-source NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack being developed at ETSI, which has become the reference NFV orchestration tool for 5G networks.
Tata Elxsi invited our colleagues from Nextworks to showcase our vCDN for UHD PoC at their exhibition booth at the IBC, based on the joint involvement of the two companies in the ETSI OSM community. This initiative is intended to promote more community participation from media industry.
Tata Elxsi a global digital and technology services provider and a distributor of TEOSM, a hardened ETSI OSM is showcasing an end-to-end service orchestrator solution based on ETSI OSM Release SIX for the broadcast industry from 13-17 September at IBC.

Come and meet us on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at Tata Elxsi booth #5.A23

5G-MEDIA Coding Event in ETSIT-UPM (Madrid)

The 5G-MEDIA consortium is organising a Coding Event on September 26 and 27 in Madrid. This event aims to present the functionalities and to allow the participants to play with the platform with some guided exercises. The participants will learn about some concepts like FaaS (Function as a Service) paradigm, intelligent and automatic network management, unikernel packaging and virtual environment, through some exercises related to the SDK and the platform proposed by 5G-MEDIA project.

The event

September 26 and 27 from 9:00 to 18:00 CEST

Venue

Hall of Building A

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenierios de Telecomunicación (ETSIT) – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Av. Complutense 30, 28040, Madrid
Spain

5G-MEDIA can prevent future BBC 5G broadcast fails

Our colleagues from UCL just published and interesting blog post about how  5G-MEDIA technology can prevent future BBC 5G broadcast fails.

On the 31st of May 5G publicly failed to support a BBC outside broadcast that attempted to be the first such aired transmission on the UK’s new 5G network, which had been launched on the same day.

The broadcast had to be cut short by the presenter in the studio due to video and audio distortion that made the footage impossible for the audience to follow.

5G-MEDIA believes it has the solution to future similar situations, as explained by our colleague Dr. David Griffin in the blog post published in the UCL website

 

 

5G-MEDIA has recently participated to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event in Barcelona

5G-MEDIA has recently participated to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event in Barcelona, where representatives from Nextworks, Engineering, SingularLogic, Interinnov and Netas have showcased the “Ultra High Definition media distribution over virtualized Content Delivery Network (vCDN)” use case on-site, hosted at the 5G-IA booth.

The 5G-MEDIA demo has showed the orchestration through OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) of media service chains including an UHD capable origin streaming server and media caches to be dynamically deployed in hierarchies at the edge of the 5G network.

The 5G-MEDIA presence at MWC has been very successful, with many visitors from industry and 5G research community. It has been a great opportunity to disseminate the intermediate results of the project, and make the community more and more aware of the 5G-MEDIA concepts and architecture. The MWC is a unique world-wide event that brings together all the industry related to 5G technologies and solutions, and the 5G-MEDIA demo visitors were able to use live the vCDN and consume UHD media contents in HD TV screens and mobile devices. Everything was running on-site on a portable realistic testbed, and the visitors experienced how 5G-MEDIA eases the delivery and management of customized media services in 5G networks. Among others, 5G-MEDIA had the pleasure to present the project and showcase the demo to Peter Stuckmann (Head of Unit Future Connectivity Systems DG CONNECT, EC), Pearse O’Donohue (acting Director for Future Networks DG CONNECT, EC), and Dr. Ulrich Dropmann (Head of Standardization Bell Labs CTO). Positive feedbacks were collected from all visitors, and opportunities for future collaborations were also generated.

Benchmarking Open-Source Static 3D Mesh Codecs for Immersive Media Interactive Live Streaming

Journal paper published by CERTH in IEEE JETCAS

Alexandros Doumanoglou, Petros Drakoulis, Nikolaos Zioulis, Dimitrios Zarpalas, and Petros Daras, Senior Member, IEEE

This work provides a systematic understanding of the requirements of live 3D mesh coding, targeting (tele-)immersive media streaming applications. We thoroughly benchmark in rate-distortion and runtime performance terms, four static 3D mesh coding solutions that are openly available. Apart from mesh geometry and connectivity, our analysis includes experiments for compressing vertex normals and attributes, something scarcely found in literature. Additionally, we provide a theoretical model of the tele-immersion pipeline that calculates its expected frame-rate, as well as lower and upper bounds for its end-to-end latency. In order to obtain these measures, the theoretical model takes into account the compression performance of the codecs and some indicative network conditions. Based on the results we obtained through our codec benchmarking, we used our theoretical model to calculate and provide concrete measures for these tele-immersion pipeline’s metrics and discuss on the optimal codec choice depending on the network setup. This offers deep insight into the available solutions and paves the way for future research.

Production Technology Seminar 2019 at EBU in Geneva

End of January, IRT participated in the 2019 edition of the Production Technology Seminar taking place at the European Broadcast Union in Geneva.

The event was dubbed “REVOLUTIONIZE MEDIA” and included different themes interesting for Broadcasters and Media Companies – specifically in the domain of production technologies and systems. Main topics included the transformation process of broadcast organisations, progress reports on new video and audio fundamentals, experiences from real-world UHDTV-HDR-HFR productions as well as pros and cons of cloud production technologies including their on-premise alternatives. Speakers presented how different technologies and trends are driving fundamental changes in how media is produced and consumed – including AI, new media experiences, immersive media tools and more.

IRT had the opportunity to perform a 5G-MEDIA survey during the event which helped us to gather meaningful feedback on our concepts from experienced industry stakeholders.

Come and meet our Team at the 5G-IA stand

5G-MEDIA will be demonstrating its results and solutions at the next Mobile World Congress, 25-28 February 2019 in Barcelona, with a dedicated space in the 5G-IA booth (7K17 in Hall 7).

Representatives from the project will be at the 5G-IA booth for the whole duration of the event to showcase 5G-MEDIA.

The demo will present the 5G-MEDIA platform in the context of the “Ultra High Definition media distribution over virtualized Content Delivery Network” use case. The focus of the use case is on enabling Media Service Providers to build flexible and adaptable media distribution service chains, made up of virtualized functions, and deliver UHD media contents while users are moving in a geographically distributed 5G network. In this perspective, the demo shows the orchestration and agile lifecycle management of media service chains including an UHD capable origin streaming server, media caches to be dynamically deployed in hierarchies at the edge of the 5G network (and serve media contents in proximity to the users), and a load balancer function for smart selection of delivering caches.

The demo will run on-site in a portable testbed, where a realistic scenario of combined core and edge clouds will be deployed to deliver the 5G-MEDIA media distribution service. The visitors will be able to use the 5G-MEDIA virtualized Content Delivery Network (vCDN) solution and consume UHD media contents in both HD TV screens and mobile devices, experiencing the flexibility and agility of the media distribution service.

The demo will showcase the integration and use of the 5G-MEDIA components for the optimization of the media service development and deployment:

  1. The 5G Apps and Services Catalogue for the creation and onboarding of the media service components, i.e. the Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) building the vCDN service;
  2. the 5G-MEDIA SVP for the instantiation and configuration of UHD media delivery services as NFV Network Services, making use of the Open Source MANO NFV platform;
  3. the 5G-MEDIA MAPE module for monitoring the running media services, detecting performance degradations (at both network and media service level) and react upon them to automatically optimize the service by scaling the media caches hierarchy and properly reconfiguring the load balancing function for maintaining UHD streams user perceived quality.