Mistika Ultima is an All-In-One postproduction system.
As a difference to other products, Mistika Ultima is 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.
Please note that the mentioned realtime capabilities of Mistika Ultima are only warranted for turnkey systems provided by SGO, including the Mistika workstation and the Mistika storage.
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:
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
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 4114. Recommended for CPU intensive codecs like R3D Hellium, J2K / DCP, EXR compressed.
RAM: 96 GB for typical 4K usage. 128 GB for complex multi-layer 4K workflows and background render. 256 GB or more for 8K and beyond
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 48 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: To share between 3 systems, working at 4K uncompressed.
Mistika-Storage-64 64 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: It can provide up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed to one system, or to be shared between 3 or 4 systems at 4K uncompressed speeds.
Mistika-Storage-NVMe: NVme storage ( up to 8 NVme internal drives ) . All realtime uncompressed formats up to 8K 60p 10b 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, up to 4K.
SGO OEM SN5 SAN: For SAN storage shared between different systems, up to 8K 60p performance.
QOS Option: To prioritize access to realtime systems over non realtime connections.
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 )
- 10 Gb ethernet, ( Up to 2K Stereo3D or very basic 4K, unlimited distances. Clients: Win, Mac, Linux )
Aja Kona4 or Kona5: Up to 2 x 2K (2K Stereo3D) or 1 x 4K / UHD 60p 10b.
Aja Corvid88: Up to 2 x 4K/UHD 60p (for 4K Stereo3D and for SDR + HDR simultaneous monitoring )
Dual Kona5: Up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed.
Supported color panels:
GUI Interface: Minimum: 1 monitor x 1920x1080. Recommended: 2 monitors x 1920x1200.