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CineGrid @ University of Amsterdam

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The UvA proposed that the CineGrid Amsterdam project focuses to build "an entry-level HQ-Media" (and beyond) distributed facility. This facility is based on grid and cloud components and specialized cinematic domain specific equipment. These components are connected by optical photonic networks, and can make use of lightpaths to create dedicated circuits providing the required deterministic data transport characteristics (QoS).  To support flexible project based modus operandi, the components in the Center of Excellence will be turned into virtualized resources, legoblocks, that can be combined in a dynamic fashion to gather, process, (re)code, annotate, store and stream cinematic data at the required performance level eventually for real time viewing. This architecture has an immediate advantage: the SME's can concentrate on what they do best: creating content. They just need to define proper creative workflows that use the legoblocks to get their work done.
LegoBlocks we foresee:

  • The CineGrid exchange that the UvA is already running for 2 years;
  • The jpeg2000 codec located at the UvA;
  • The render cluster and the solid-state-disk based servers as pioneered by SARA;
  • The different visualization facilities that are located at the various partners;
  • The network based on programmable interfaces, compute/cloud clusters as the SARA cloud service and the experimental UvA DAS4 cluster;
  • The partners’ camera and projection facilities.

The UvA will implement all the required research to guarantee secure distribution and delivery of CineGrid data to all other partners. The challenges we face in this work package come from the intrinsic properties of high-quality digital media, which require large storage facilities and innovative means to read data from disk and transmit to destination over the network. Retrieval and transmission need to happen in a secure way to guarantee data integrity and to fulfil previous agreements between communicating partners regarding the communication model.

News

  • FGCS CineGrid special issue published here!
  • 12-15 dec 2010: CineGrid 2010 workshop @ San Diego
  • CienGrid Amsterdam presentation by Frank Kresin, Walter van DIjk and Cees de Laat

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