NAB 2022

NAB 2022: Quantum Showcasing F2100 NVMe Storage System, New Solution Integrating CatDV, NVIDIA AI

Quantum Corporation, the leader in solutions for video and unstructured data, has announced the availability of the latest generation of its award-winning F-Series portfolio with the release of the Quantum F2100 NVMe storage appliance.

The new system provides faster performance and more NVMe storage capacity than previous generations so media and entertainment organizations and corporate video teams can leverage the speed and parallel processing power of NVMe to speed up production workflows, rendering, and video and image processing.

The F2100 ships with the latest Quantum block storage software, which introduces a unified user experience across F-Series NVMe storage and H-Series SSD/HDD storage, with many new features to give customers more flexible configuration options and better reporting and monitoring. The F2100 is fully integrated with Quantum Cloud-Based Analytics (CBA) software for proactive system monitoring, and Quantum customers can now access all of these customer applications using the MyQuantum service delivery platform that was recently announced.

The Quantum F2100 NVMe.

“The Quantum F2100 builds on what we introduced a few years ago with our award-winning F-Series platform, now used in many of the world’s leading video production environments for high-speed video and image processing, rendering, and advanced AR/VR development,” says Brian Pawlowski, senior vice president and chief development officer for Quantum. “The F2100 ships with the latest Quantum block storage software, which is now common across F-Series and H-Series product lines. This means we can deliver features and fixes faster, and also represents a key step toward delivering a truly unified user experience across Quantum StorNext, F-Series, H-Series, and our CBA software.”

This leap in performance and capacity – offering up to 50GB/s for multi-client reads, paired with the ability to offer up to 737TB of raw NVMe storage in a single system — will let Quantum’s customers re-architect their workflows in highly demanding media, special effects, life sciences and AI/ML applications. A single system can now easily meet what would have previously required many racks of spinning disk storage systems to achieve. Customers can also use the Quantum StorNext 7 file system pools feature to create drive volumes composed of the F2100 and spinning disk volumes to fine-tune their workflow storage for performance, capacity, and cost, all under a single StorNext 7 namespace.

The new Quantum F2100 NVMe storage appliance features include:

  • Dual-controller architecture on 2U, 24 drive system driven by Quantum’s unified Block Storage platform 2.0
  • Benchmarked multi-client read performance of up to 55GB/s and write performance of 20GB/s*
  • Choice of drive sizes in 24 drive arrays including 15.36TB, 7.68TB, and 3.84 TB for a maximum raw storage capacity of 737.28TB in only 2U
  • Pre-configured RAID 6 volumes for faster deployment
  • Connectivity choice of 8 ports of 100Gb/s Ethernet or 16 ports of 32Gb FibreChannel
  • Integration with Quantum CBA software for proactive system monitoring
  • * Performance numbers as measured on pre-release Quantum F2100 systems using video fa4k uncompressed unconstrained stream benchmark runs with 6 simultaneous client writes

    The Quantum F2100 NVMe storage appliance is available to order immediately from Quantum Value Added Resellers worldwide and will be showcased at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 23-27 in booths N4109 and N4106.

    Integrating CatDV, NVIDIA AI

    At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Quantum will also be showcasing a new solution, which can analyze and enrich video content used in broadcast, post-production, sports, and other media workflows. The new solution integrates Quantum’s CatDV asset management and automation platform and leverages NVIDIA A2 Tensor Core GPU infrastructure, and the NVIDIA AI platform. NVIDIA Deepstream, NVIDIA Riva, and NVIDIA Maxine software development kits (SDKs) are part of the NVIDIA AI platform that provides AI and machine learning capabilities to Quantum’s CatDV software.

    “Quantum CatDV has been leveraging NVIDIA GPU systems for years as part of our media transformation implementations. With this solution, customers can now add NVIDIA’s world-class, proven AI and ML technologies to their content workflows. The solution serves as a centralized platform to enable users to find the hidden value in content libraries and amplify human curation like never before,” says Dave Clack, vice president and general manager, Cloud Software and Analytics, Quantum.

    This solution gives customers an on-premises alternative to cloud-delivered AI services that fully utilizes high-performance GPU hardware in a proven asset management and automation platform. Customers can automate common content-tagging and enhancement tasks such as object recognition within video frames, speech-to-text transcription, video and audio super-resolution, and other tools to add valuable metadata to video and image files, saving time and money, and unlocking hidden value in their media content libraries.

    This enhanced video enrichment capability was first demonstrated at NVIDIA GTC in March, with an example of a sports broadcaster challenge: find all instances of referee yellow cards across hundreds of hours of soccer footage. Once objects or actions within video frames were identified, this content was then compiled into a ‘supercut’ within CatDV, with fully indexed and correlated timeline markers for human expert review, saving potentially hundreds of hours of work.

    “At GTC 2022, NVIDIA named Quantum as an inaugural partner in the NVIDIA AI Accelerated Program, which helps developers build AI applications that customers can deploy with confidence,” says Kari Briski, vice president of software product management, AI and HPC SDKs, NVIDIA. “Quantum’s customers will be able to enjoy world-class AI and ML with this new content enrichment automation solution, powered by NVIDIA.”

    The Quantum AI content enhancement automation solution is comprised of:

  • Quantum CatDV Enterprise with CatDV Automation Workers
  • AI/ML integration based on NVIDIA DeepStream video analytics, NVIDIA Riva automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech technology, and NVIDIA Maxine video and audio quality enhancement SDKs
  • NVIDIA A2 Tensor Core GPU infrastructure pipeline integration for Quantum CatDV proxy generation, transcoding, and AI acceleration
  • Additional optional custom AI/ML development to meet customer needs or to enable customer’s development teams on the common platform
  • Quantum StorNext shared file storage environment integration
  • Optional Quantum NVMe storage to accelerate content movement within the GPU pipeline
  • Optional Quantum archive to Quantum ActiveScale, Quantum Scalar tape, or S3-compatible storage
  • Quantum is now actively engaged with customers and partners for early deployment opportunities for the solution.

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