Our Edge conference is fast approaching, and I hope you’re all as excited as I am! Personally, I’m looking forward to spending some time in our awesome Developer Zone. In addition to the hands-on labs, breakout sessions (and of course awesome prizes and swag), this year we’ll be offering a number of Media-focused breakout sessions. These sessions focus primarily on how Akamai’s media products fit into your development workflows.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the Media sessions in the Developer Zone.
Making Virtual Reality Real: 4K VR/AR Encoding and Global Delivery
I don’t know about you, but I’m sure looking forward to watching next year’s Monaco Grand Prix in VR. I’ve all but given up on the idea of ever driving that course myself, so streaming it will be the next best thing. And I know I’m not alone there. More and more consumers are looking to stream immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences.
This presents a unique set of challenges for distributors. Not only do the high bitrates used by 4K VR content push the limits of what’s possible over existing networks, but with Apple extending support for HEVC and Google and others going to AV1 and VP9 this will again become a fragmented market. This session will focus on what you can do to combat these challenges, both from an encoding and delivery standpoint, with special attention paid to Akamai’s Media Acceleration and Efficiency SDK.
Speakers: Apurva Agrawal
Time: Thursday, 10/12 at 12pm PDT
Leveraging Akamai to Make Your Cloud Transformation Initiatives Successful
Have you recently moved to a Cloud hosting environment? Are you thinking of moving to one? Or maybe you’re just considering adding another region to your existing infrastructure. How are those changes going to affect your CDN setup and development workflow? Not entirely sure? Then this is the session for you. We’ll be discussing four different Cloud hosting use-cases:
- Using two Cloud regions (AWS East and AWS West).
- Using multiple Cloud providers (AWS + Azure) – either for the same application or different apps.
- Using a hybrid approach (On-Prem Datacenter + AWS).
- Using public Cloud, private Cloud and dedicated environments.
For each use case we’ll show technically how it’s done, which solutions are involved, and how to seamlessly integrate those solutions into your existing workflows.
Speakers: Eli Arkush from Akamai, and Eric Johnson from Rackspace
Time: Thursday, 10/12 at 4pm PDT
The Road to Ultra Low Latency
It’s no surprise, the demand for ultra-low latency live streaming is bigger than ever. I think it’s the topic I’ve been asked about most often over this past year. Whether it be broadcasters looking to replicate an over-the-air experience for a live event, or streaming a Q&A session where real-time audience interaction is crucial, the use cases are definitely out there. There’s a number of ways to accomplish this (I’m looking at you, WebRTC), but many of the current approaches would likely require a fairly major departure from your existing technology stack.
So how can we implement an ultra-low latency live stream in such a way that it doesn’t throw a wrench into your finely-tuned development cycle? Let’s find out. In this session we’ll learn how to create a live stream with ultra-low latency by leveraging the latest features of CMAF (Common Media Application Format) alongside Akamai’s Media Services Live.
Speakers: Phillip Harrison from Akamai
Time: Thursday, 10/12 at 4:50pm PDT
Visualization of Cellular Audience Experience to Achieve Video Streaming KPIs
It’s no secret that most cellular carriers have deployed various policies that influence traffic behavior to help better utilize their network resources. Unfortunately, not only are these policies mostly opaque, they can introduce network inconsistencies which directly impact quality of service for end users. But what’s the real extent of this impact, and what can you do about it?
In this session we’ll take a look at how Hotstar is using analytics to map KPI’s for users in cellular networks by segmenting their audience with multiple dimensions. Extending this data to create heat maps combining metrics such as mobile operator, longitude and latitude, connectivity, cell ID and signal strength has provided unique insights which in turn has helped create strategies for improving quality of service in 2G-4G mobile networks.
Speakers: Ritesh Kalayanshetty from Akamai
Time: Thursday, 10/12 at 4:50pm PDT
Real-World Solutions to Deliver Interactive Live Workflows with OTT Platforms
Are you concerned with latency, interactivity, scalability and revenue in your streaming workflows? If so, this is your session. We’ll be taking a look at how to solve many of the common problems that OTT platforms are facing in their interactive live workflows today. Specifically we’ll be talking about live streaming features such as new revenue models, 2nd screen applications, interactivity, programmatic advertising, and stream selection, and how many of the issues surrounding these features can be addressed using WebRTC, Data Cloud, and other recommended technologies with Akamai.
Speakers: Ilker Ürgenc from Akamai and Alfonso Peletier and Jesús Oliva from EpicLabs
Time: Friday, 10/13 at 9:50am PDT
Many More Media Sessions!
These are just the media sessions in the Developer Zone. If you use the Session Browser tool, you’ll find dozens of media sessions ranging from media acceleration to Adaptive Media Delivery, Media Services Live, and more.
See you at Edge!