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Amy Philipson

Asst Vice Provost, Executive Director

Jim DeRoestDirector, Streaming Media Technologies

Michael Wellings

Director, TV Engineering

the researchchannel consortium
The ResearchChannel Consortium
  • An intellectual community, we make knowledge available to all by sharing our developments,insights and discoveries with a global audience.
  • We bring together ideas from many of the world’s premier academic and research institutions and disseminate those ideas to the public directly,without interference.
  • We are committed to technological innovation toenable leading-edge exchanges of our resources.
  • Knowledge transfer via Television and VoD capitalizing on international next generation networks
consortium members
Consortium Members

A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University Universidad de Puerto Rico

California State University, Sacramento Universidade de São Paulo

Duke University University of Alaska - Fairbanks

George Mason University University of Chicago

Johns Hopkins University University of Hawaii

Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Maryland

National University of Singapore University of Michigan

New York University University of Pennsylvania

Oregon State University University of Southern California

Pennsylvania State University University of Virginia

Rice University University of Washington

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stanford University Medical Center Virginia Tech

Texas A&M University Yale University

Tufts University

consortium members1
Consortium Members

AARNet National Academy of Engineering

Advanced Network Forum National Academy of Sciences

AJA Video Systems Inc. National Institute of Nursing

CENIC National Institute of Standards and Technology

Fujinon National Institutes of Health

Howard Hughes Medical Institute National Library of Medicine

IBM Corporation National Science Foundation

Intel Corporation National Sea Grant College Program

Internet2 Pacific Northwest Gigapop

Johnson & Johnson Poznañ Supercomputing and Networking Center

Library of Congress

Microsoft Research SURFnet

National Academies Vulcan Northwest Inc.

Wisconsin Public Television

u s television distribution
U.S. Television Distribution

21.7 million households

  • DishNetwork satellite system
    • 11.5 million homes
  • Cable systems
    • 10.2 million homes
    • 35 states
  • Worldwide Internet audience
Webcast & MulticastAll broadcasts are webcast 24/7, in audio and three video bandwidths (modem, dsl and cable). MPEG2 multicast at 3mpbs & DV at 30mbps.Video On DemandResearchChannel offers a searchable database of over 1500 titles, viewable at modem, dsl, cable and MPEG2 bandwidths.

Internet Distribution

new distribution initiatives cable vod
New Distribution Initiatives:Cable VOD
  • Ideally suited to VOD platform
  • Charter Communications agreement adds2 million VOD subscribers
      • Launch first quarter 2006 with 15 titles per month
  • Google Video, Open Media Network
digitalwell grid enabled digital asset management
DigitalWell: Grid EnabledDigital Asset Management

Project Focus

  • Easy way to acquire, collect, classify, store ,deliver large collections of digital media over IP networks.
  • Proxy for any type of large data sets but initially focused on video and audio assets – content agnostic
  • Includes broadcast/Internet Integration
  • Exploits next generation networking to ensure high quality – Deliver Realism
  • Easy-to-use Web services-based interface compatible with current Web browsers and computing platforms.
  • Uses pluggable authentication to ensure security and control access to collections. 
  • Scalable architecture ensures that collections can be built, accessed, searched and shared between disparate networked communities. 
  • D-Lib/Data Grid Interoperation via SRB and OAI for content and metadata sharing..
  • Middleware – modular integration model
    • Metadata, DRM/IP, AAI, WSAPI, Grid
  • Automation – End to End
    • Capture, Describe, Preserve, Deliver
grid enabled digital broadcast
Grid Enabled Digital Broadcast


Tape Ingest









Final Cut Edit Suites














Manage Digital Essence

Edit, Transcode, …

Automate Metadata

Device Acquisition



Re-purpose, Footage, …

Service Flows



1st Tier

Disk Cache

Data Grid

Storage Abstraction


Stage Disk




1st Tier

Disk Cache

Data Grid

Storage Abstraction


Stage Disk


data grid digital library integration
Data Grid - Digital Library Integration
  • SRB and Digital Libraries
    • Conduit for sharing metadata and/or content in a federation
    • Platform for building a preservation environment
  • D-Libs using or considering SRB
    • MIT D-Space - +120 sites
    • Cornell Fedora – +30 sites
    • ResearchChannel DigitalWell
    • UCSD TV
    • CDL
  • Data Grids
    • WUNGrid
    • PRAGMA Grid
SC’05 DigitalWell SRB Data Grid Diagram –

HD Collaborative Video Demonstration

digitalwell collections existing ongoing new
DigitalWell Collections Existing, Ongoing, New …
  • +2100 hrs ResearchChannel, UWTV
  • +180 Ocean Science uncompressed HD
  • Microsoft Research Lecture Series
  • Multi-University Research Library
  • Forestry Old Growth Satellite Imagery
  • Deep Space Astronomy – WUNGrid Project
  • KEXP Radio Live Broadcasts, In Studio Sessions
  • +15,000 hrs Ethnomusicology
  • Research Instructional Medical Datasets
  • UW Library Collections
delivering realism ihdtv internet high definition television
Delivering RealismiHDTV:Internet High Definition Television
  • iHDTV Platforms Explained
    • iHD1500
    • iHD270
    • iHD-Desktop
ihdtv explained
iHDTV Explained
  • iHD1500
    • Uncompressed SMPTE 292M 4:2:2
    • Video format 1080i/60 10bit
    • Data rate approx 1.5 gbps
    • Requires:
      • high-end HD capture cards
      • Dual 1 Gige NICS
      • PCI Express PCs
      • Windows XP
ihd1500 application
iHD1500 application

Latency about 4 frames end to end plus network delay

  • 4 frames=133ms or ~ 1/7 sec
  • Network delay significant (Australia>Philadelphia ~ 250ms)
  • Satellite latency about 250ms per hop
  • H.323 devices about 230ms plus network delay
  • No significant delay in video equipment
software enhancements
Software Enhancements
  • iHD1500 Enhancements @ SC ‘05:
    • tile display generated in software
    • Audio mixing in software
    • Audio mix-minus in software
    • Video switching in software
  • SC’05 N-Way iHD1500 servers now available 24x7
    • Production uncompressed iHD video conferencing service
    • Part of HD video laboratory at University of Washington
    • Permanent connection via Pacific NW GigaPOP
ihdtv explained1
iHDTV Explained
  • iHD270 (first demonstrated Aug 99)
    • Sony HDCamtm compression
    • SDTI data format @270mbps
    • AJA Xena I/O (Windows version of AJA-Kona)
    • Requires:
      • AJA Xena-HD capture cards
      • Dual Processor P4
      • Windows XP
      • Sony HDCam Hardware encoder/decoder
high definition video to the desktop
High Definition Video to the Desktop


MPEG2 [email protected]

WMV-HD/VC-1 (720p/1080i)

H.264, AVC, MPEG-4

HDV (720p/1080i)







ihdtv recent demonstrations
iHDTV: Recent Demonstrations
  • Sept 2005 - iGrid San Diego
    • Enhanced HD interactive - USA118: Global N-Way Uncompressed Interactive Conferencing
    • Underwater research using HD from SS Thompson – USA119: 20,000 Terabits Under the Sea
  • Nov 2005 - SC05 Seattle
    • Enhanced HD Interactive Conferencing/HD Storage and capture using SRB (Storage Resource Broker)
igrid 05 usa119 visions 05
iGRID 05 – USA119 – “Visions ’05”
  • Sept 2005 - iGrid San Diego
    • First ever live HD/ip from a ship at sea to viewers on shore
    • Ku-Band equipment upgrade to on-board uplink antenna
    • Careful RF engineering to design satellite link-budget
    • Real-time MPEG-2 [email protected] encoding
    • Ip gateway
    • Satellite modem 13 mbps on-station at the Endeavour research site 200 miles offshore
visions 05
Visions ’05

Follow on goals

  • Capture all HD footage to disk in SDTI / HDCam ™ and uncompressed SMPTE 292M formats
  • Create Metadata engine for scientific annotation
  • Use DigitalWell for storage and retrieval
  • Make available to researchers worldwide as a collaborative effort

A demonstration project is underway involving several hours of video

bringing science to your desktop big networks for big science
Bringing Science to your Desktop“Big Networks for Big Science”

Using the iHDTV software suite ResearchChannel can deliver realism

  • Uncompressed HD delivery for collaborative environments
  • Uncompressed HD for demanding visual applications
    • Visions ’05
    • Neptune
    • The Looking Project
    • Others
  • Compressed HD in several formats for desktop and home delivery
open source trusted partnership
Open Source: Trusted Partnership

iHDTV, DigitalWell

  • First quarter 2006
  • Trusted partnership development group
  • Soliciting requirements and partners
  • More information: [email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]