AMD’s 64-core processor managed to encode 8K videos on the fly
The Beamr Imaging company claims to have succeeded using the EPYC 7742, A flagship AMD server processor based on the new Rome architecture , achieve the 8K real-time H.265 (HEVC) video encoding in the world.
64-core processor EPYC 7742 which is made of 7nm process and microarchitecture Zen 2 with cores similar to series Ryzen 3000 has been able to encode 8K movies instantaneously at a rate of 79 frames per second and with 10-bit color required for HDR capability.
Such work is considered a great achievement both in terms of software and hardware. The Epyc 7742 is the first 64-core x86 processor that comes with a standard socket for general use, and the Beamr encoding software is designed to use all 64 cores. has been Parallelization for both general purpose applications and servers is one of the major concerns of processors with high core counts; Therefore, the performance of the 7742 processor in using all cores is commendable.
With the introduction of 8K displays in the market, the demand for instant encoding of 8K upscaled with good quality. Such displays may not be very common now, but as time goes by, they will become more popular like 4K monitors and TVs. We may soon see live TV networks in 8K quality, which AMD and Beamr are looking for with the encoding and streaming capabilities of the 7742 processor. Perhaps the closest and most appropriate event for the occurrence of the mentioned event is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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However, according to AMD, the use of the EPYC processor is not limited to televisions. These chips are used for video on demand (VOD) systems such as Netflix and Hulu services. In addition, it is possible to use them in cloud games, which is a new way to run computer games using services such as Microsoft’s XCloud, Nvidia’s GeForce Now, and Google’s Stadia. According to AMD, the previous generation of EPYC processors based on Naples are also sufficient for these applications; But with a resolution lower than 8K.
The new 8K technology must overcome challenges such as sufficient Internet bandwidth and a wider variety of 8K screens before it can become a widespread technology. However, AMD’s EPYC Rome processor seems to have solved the problem of providing the necessary power for this technology, and now ISPs and display manufacturers have enough incentive to deliver faster internet and more 8K displays.