Mistika Ultima is an All-In-One postproduction system. 


It is normally provided as a Turnkey solution including software, hardware, and storage,  fully configured and pre-tested by SGO specifically for the client workflow.


These systems are built for the purpose, so they do not have predefined specifications:


1- First the client  provides a description of the workflow to accomplish, including camera formats to use, realtime needs, displays to use, storage size, etc.  (please send a description to your sales representative  or open a support ticket).  


2- Then our engineers will talk with the client to define the exact hardware and software specs to achieve the requriments of the project, and the client will receive an economical proposal  


As a result it is not possible to provide detailed hardware specs in advance, but these are the basic guidelines:


Mistika Ultima reference configurations


OS: CentOS 7.4 (needs to be installed with Mistika Installation iso)


Workstation:  Hp Z8 workstations. The particular specs will mainly  depend on the realtime needs. Some preliminar guidelines are:


All Mistika processing is made in the GPU, but decoding and encoding of media files may need intensive use of CPUs depending on the codec.  These are typical recommendations:


GPUs


NVIDIA Quadro P4000 - Up to 4k/UHD 60p in realtime, including colour grading, framing, and basic effects. NVIDIA hardware encoder up to 4K


NVIDIA Quadro P6000 - For complex 4K/UHD workflows and 8K+.  NVIDIA hardware encoder up to 8K.  Also recommended for complex VR workflows.


2nd GPU: For background rendering and Mistika Totem function (both GPUs rendering the same clip). Normally a P4000, except very complex cases


CPUs:


2 x Xeon 4114:  For working with 4K uncompressed formats, Prores, mpeg4, h264/h265 and other codecs not very CPU intensive.  


2 x Xeon 6136:  Double faster than 4414. Recommended for CPU intensive codecs like R3D Hellium, J2K / DCP, EXR compressed. 


2 x Xeon 6154: Triple faster than 4414.  For heavy usage of the above codecs. 


RAM: 64GB for typical 4K usage.  128 GB for complex multi-layer 4K workflows, background render,  and basic 8K.  256 GB for  complex 8K projects and 16K. 


Mistika-Storage (main reference models):  


Mistika-Storage-16. 16 disks 3.5" raid6 protected:  Realtime uncompressed formats:   UHD 60p 10bit, 4K DPX 444 10 bit 24p.  


Mistika-Storage-32. 32 disks 3.5" raid6 protected:  Realtime uncompressed formats:  2 x 4K / UHD 60p (shareable with two systems),  4K Tiff16 24p (DCDM),  EXR 16bit  uncompressed 24p.


Mistika-Storage-48/64. 48 or 64 disks 3.5" raid6 protected:  To share between  3 or 4  systems working at 4K uncompressed.    


Mistika-Storage-NVMe:  NVme storage ( up to 8 NVme internal drives ) . Realtime uncompressed formats:  Previous formats +  8K 60p uncompressed.


Note: The above realtime performance numbers are only warranted in storage units provided by SGO 


Note: In general Mistika-Storage can be shared with the above speeds between multiple systems, as long as the number of disks is multiplied by the number of systems. Also chose a connectivity options from the next point.


Realtime filesystems and connectivity options


XFS: For standalone systems. 


SGO OEM SN5 SAN: For SAN storage shared  between different systems. 


QOS Option: To prioritize access to realtime systems over non realtime connections.


Connectivity options: 


This is an important aspect to consider. The extreme speeds of Mistika-Storage combined with the QOS option and wide range of connectivity options makes Mistika-Storage the ideal central storage for the whole production.  Or it can start as a small local storage for a standalone system and then evolve into a dedicated NAS / SAN infrastructure over the time. 


For standalone systems, the storage is connected  in DAS mode (Direct Attached Storage) to the Mistika workstation, which can also  share it  trough NFS and Samba with other linux, windows, and mac systems.  


Next stage is to add a Mistika Storage Server and move the DAS storage to it. In this way its availability does not depend on the Mistika workstation anymore (or only as a failover option)  and it  permits to add high speed connections for more systems.  The Mistika Storage Server can provide the following high speed connections, mainly for realtime purposes:


Sorted from faster to slower:


- Fibre channel 32Gb: ( up to 8K uncompressed, unlimited distance . Clients: Win, Mac, Linux ) 


- SAS 4x12Gb target mode ( up to 8K uncompressed, short cables. Clients: Win, Mac, Linux )


- 40 Gb RMDA ethernet.( up to 4K 60p uncompressed, short cables. Clients: Mistika linux only )


- 10 Gb ethernet, ( Up to 2K Stereo3D or very basic 4K, unlimited distances. Clients: Win, Mac, Linux )


Video board


Aja Kona4: Up to 2 x 2K (2K Stereo3D)  or 1 x 4K / UHD 60p. 


Aja Corvid88: Up to 2 x 4K/UHD 60p (for 4K Stereo3D and for  SDR + HDR simultaneous monitoring )


Dual Corvid88: Up to 8K 60p uncompressed.


Supported color panels:


Tangent CP200. 


Tangent Elements.


Tangent Arc 


Precision panel


GUI Interface:  Minimum: 1 monitor x 1920x1080.  Recommended: 2 monitors x 1920x1200.