Part of Spielberg’s Holocaust Digital Archive Located in Prague

19. 7. 2016

The Malach Visual History Center at the Charles University in Prague  is a node within a network of digital backup archives of one of the world’s largest projects based on the oral history method, backed by the famous American film director Steven Spielberg. The new hierarchical repository with capacity ready for up to 8PB, is connected to the CESNET e-infrastructure node with the speed of 10Gbps, optionally extensible to n x 10Gbps. Read the press release for more information.

Transmission of Ikarie XB 1

16. 6. 2016

On 16 June, we arrange the technical aspects of the transmission between the Světozor cinema in Prague and the Scala in Brno for the ceremonial premiere of the digitally restored version of legendary sci-fi film Ikarie XB-1. The film has been digitally restored by the National Film Archive as part of a project in which CESNET is participating. Read the press release for more information.


CESNET has demonstrated a live 8K video transmission on commodity PCs

16. 6. 2016

At TNC16 Networking Conference, he largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, CESNET has demonstrated in collaboration with the colleagues from Polish PSNC centre the first live 8K video transmission using the PC platform. An interactive transmission connected the PSNC centre in Poznan with the TCN16 conference venue in Prague across the Géant network. The transmission was implemented using the UltraGrid SW developed by CESNET for very high quality video and audio transmissions.

The transmissions of live video with 8K resolution introduce a number of technical challenges. Uncompressed video with 8K resolution (7680×4320) at 60 frames per second means a bitrate of almost 30 Gbps. Up to date gaming PCs are capable of processing such a bitrate. Moreover latest GPUs have enough performance to compress the 8K video at 60 frames per second in real time using the highly optimized GPUJPEG codec. The GPUJPEG codec, a part of the UltraGrid platform, is also developed by CESNET. The resulting bitrate of the transmitted 8K video is approximately 3.5 Gbps. Hence it is possible to implement such a demanding transmissions using commodity, academic networks and two high-performance gaming PCs.

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Jan Gruntorád receives Vietsch Foundation Medal

14. 6. 2016

Jan Gruntorád, Director of the CESNET association, was awarded the medal of honour of the Vietsch Foundation. The medal is awarded annually to people who have made a contribution of lasting value to the research and development of advanced Internet technology aimed to support science, research and higher education. Our press release provides more information.

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