Broadpeak launches new Intel-based CDN benchmarking tool

CDN technology specialist Broadpeak has launched a new software-based CDN benchmarking tool in collaboration with Intel. 

Using Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), along with Intel Network Builders’ secure DevCloud environment, Broadpeak said that its CDN benchmarking tool simulates realistic video player behaviours and supports the latest protocols.

Jacques Le Mancq

The tool provides users with detailed information about the performance of their CDN in real conditions, enabling them to make adjustments, as needed. The tool supports low-latency video streaming protocols, including Low Latency HLS and Low Latency DASH. It runs on Intel-based servers that can temporarily be turned into test platforms for the CDN benchmarking software.

The software-based tool can run on any spare server, avoiding the need to invest in dedicated hardware for temporary needs, according to Broadpeak.

“Streaming standards and protocols are ever-evolving, and we recognized that the industry requires powerful, agile, and realistic benchmarking tools. We developed this innovative solution in collaboration with Intel to help our customers increase their CDN performance, deliver exceptional QoE for video streaming delivery, and reduce their impact on the environment by using less resources,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak.

“CDN is a fast-changing technology with rapidly evolving streaming protocols. To keep pace, content providers and ISPs need an efficient benchmarking tool that is able to emulate a real-life video delivery workload, and Broadpeak addresses this important industry challenge with a benchmarking software solution that operates on standard server hardware,” said Lynn Comp, VP, data platforms group, general manager, visual infrastructure division and NPG strategy at Intel.

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