R6 Release: What's New in Intel® Media Server Studio

By Surbhi Madan, Brenda A Christoffer, Published: 07/02/2015, Last Updated: 07/02/2015

Top 5 Advancements from Intel Media Server Studio 2015 R6 Release

  1. 5th gen support(formerly codenamed Broadwell): Get even faster media performance with Media Server Studio support for new 5th gen Intel® Core processors and Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-128x v4 product family with integrated Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics. The flagship desktop processor, Intel® Core™ i7-5775-C, delivers up to 35 percent better media performance1, and Xeon family delivers up to 1.4x more performance1 for video transcoding, perfect for graphics-hungry solutions. 

  2. FREE Community EditionGet the free community edition which includes all the performance features of the Essentials Edition: Media SDK, runtimes, media and graphics drivers, OpenCL™ Code Builder and more. This edition, however, does not include Intel® Premier Support (direct access to Intel technical experts).
       — Review Details page to learn more
       — Download the Free Version
       — See Documentation for Release Notes and other guides; see forums and frequently asked questions for support

  3. HEVC: Achieve real-time 4K performance on Xeon E5 processor through HEVC software implementation present in Media Server Studio Professional edition. Significant improvements gain in performance (~15% average) over the previous release2. HEVC GPU-accelerated and software implementation support is now available for both 4:2:2 and 10-bit. Huge performance improvements are made to different bit rate control methods like CBR, VBR and AVBR. Look ahead bit rate control and 1:N LA optimization are available for HEVC Software and GPU-accelerated encoder. More target usage modes are available for HEVC GPU-accelerated implementation. (See Enabling HEVC Whitepaper.)

  4. Metrics Monitor & Intel® VTuneTM Amplifier on Linux*: Access a number of metrics from the GPU kernel mode driver to help in understanding GPU usage for Media workloads through metrics monitor, available on Linux. It allows you the ability to monitor the following GPU hardware units:
       — Render engine (execution units)
       — Multi-Format CODEC (MFX)
       — Video Quality Engine
       — Blitter engine

    Now, Intel VTune Amplifier is available on Linux OS. Use VTune Amplifier to fine-tune or complete advanced level optimizations; the tool provides performance insight into hotspots, threading, locks and waits, OpenCL, bandwidth and more.

  5. Virtualization Support on E5: Use Media Server Studio software implementation on a virtualized environment on E5 - KVM+Xen, Xenserver on Linux.You can make operating system as a virtual image, run several operating systems in parallel, and execute several simultaneous transcoding operations.

Other features and improvements were also completed in Media Server Studio 2015 R6 release; please review the various edition Release notes for details.

Media Server Studio Essential/Community Edition Release Notes for Windows* and Linux

Media Server Studio Professional Edition Release Notes for Windows and Linux

1 http://www.intel.com/newsroom/kits/computex/2015/pdfs/Computex2015-5th_Gen_Intel_Core-Xeon_FactSheet.pdf
2 https://software.intel.com/en-us/intel-media-server-studio/details

Product and Performance Information

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