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2017-03 System Roadmaps, Audio Video Applications Print
February 2017
Compucon CPD Seminars
2017-03-08 Wed
Compucon House

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4:00pm - 5:00pm Compucon System Roadmap 2017 Q1 (TN)
5:00pm - 6:00pm FFMPEG for Audio Video Applications (Stefan)
6:00pm - 7:30pm Wine and Cheese

Compucon System Roadmap 2017-Q1

Moore’s Law hitting the wall is a real life situation as Intel has announced an extension of the 14nm semiconductor technology from the standard 2 CPU generation releases per node cycle to 3 last year and to 4 recently. We will look at the big picture of how the PC industry is responding to this situation as the guidance to how Compucon should respond. Whilst Intel is losing some of its natural strengths (Moore being a director of Intel), AMD takes the opportunity to show how computing technology is done without depending on Moore’s Law and has developed a new ZEN core for CPU and VEGA core for GPU based on 14nm. AMD has already turned around their fortune as investors are rushing in to support AMD. Even Intel wants to get a license of AMD GPU technology too! Where is ARM then? ARM has given up the desktop space and is going direct from the portable space to the data centre. There are claims that ARM will match or surpass Intel Xeon this year in performance and power efficiency. Of course, we have not given up the desktop space and will explain our progress in preparing the launch of On-Ramp System #1 (ORS1) which will include a couple of FFMPEG applications. ORS1 is intended to illustrate how we achieve the X-factor which could be 2 or 10 times of the performance of mainstream machines.

FFMPEG for Audio Video Applications

FFMPEG is a collection of video encoding, decoding, and processing libraries that function as a kind of "Swiss-army-knife" of video manipulation. The FFMPEG project has been in development for over 10 years and it accumulates contributions from developers across the globe. This talk will examine how it fits in with the ORS1 project. Preceding this would be an introduction on GPU and OpenCL to set the scene. After we have gone into FFMPEG, we will examine how it facilitates video encoding and decoding. Nevertheless, our main theme is on video filters which are post-production video after effects (such as sharpening or blurring some objects). Video filters need to work on videos that are in a decoded state, and to bring in the encoder after the video has been processed with after-effects. The essence of this talk is to inform our peers how we prepare for ORS1 to illustrate the X-factor of performance supremacy.