XDT Introduces Catapult

Developer of advanced software-based solutions for digital film, XDT has introduced and announced the immediate availability of catapult. Catapult provides the world’s fastest point-to-point frame transfers, and is capable of delivering the same local throughput performance of its storage arrays out to connected systems utilizing standard networking infrastructure.

Catapult is an integrated hardware and software solution. The hardware consists of a 3RU, enterprise grade server that delivers a maximum data rate of more than 1,000 Megabytes per second read or write via a local RAID5 protected array (up to 11TB capacity). This hardware platform is then exposed onto the LAN or Switched Fabric with XDT’s revolutionary catapult software component.

XDT’s cross-platform slingshot client provides an intuitive interface to transferring frame data to and from catapult. Point-to-point data rates of 600 Megabytes per second are achievable over 6 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. XDT’s flipstream application, also cross-platform, enables customers with uncompressed film frames to review them from any standard workstation accessing a network attached catapult system. This is in contrast to the currently used method, which requires frames to be transferred to locally attached storage on a dedicated review system.

Saving countless hours of network transfers, catapult systems are capable of playing back two concurrent, uncompressed 2K (10-bit dpx log 1.85:1) streams over only 4 Gigabit Ethernet connections allowing for a highly cost-effective way to review stereoscopic material.

Source: BroadcastBuyer