Mistika Ultima Configurations
Mistika Ultima is a turnkey all-in-one post production system
As a difference to other Mistika products, Mistika Ultima is provided as a turnkey solution including all the important aspects: Software, hardware, storage, and high speed connections to collaborate with other systems. It is global solution fully configured and pre-tested by SGO, and specifically for the client workflows.
Mistika Ultima systems are designed for maximum performance when sharing realtime uncompressed formats between multipe systems.
Mistika Ultima sytems are designed to ingest camera raw formats and then serve all the content to VFX and other systems by using uncompressed standard formats at very high speeds (up to 128 Gb. S.A.N. connection per system), while also providing the backbone for conform, color gading, finishing and the creation of final deliveries within the same application.
The traditional alternatively method by using compressed codecs for intermediate renders or for communication between different applications degrades the data on each compression generation, which is a noticeable problem in complex productions structured in mutiple stages. Unfortunately this method is commonly used to save costs in solid state storage and other expensive devices like fibre channel switches typically needed when working with uncompressed formats.
As a diffference, Mistika Ultima infrastructures solve the cost barrier by being able to use traditional magnetic drives (3.5" 7.2k rpm) providing the best cost per terabyte (by far), while still being able to support up to 8K 60p uncompressed playbacks thanks to advanced optimizations and native QOS priorization for playbacks.
In many cases high speed realtime connections can also be provided without the need for expensive fiber channel switches and other expensive propietary hardware, thus eliminating the cost barrier to achieve top quality uncompresed, uncompromised, cost effective workflows.
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 and Hp Z4 are supported. The particular specs will mainly depend on the realtime needs. Some preliminary 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 RTX 5000 - Recommended up to UHD 60p realtime workflows. This GPU is considered the sweet spot in terms of performance / cost ratio
NVIDIA RTX A5000 / A6000 - Recommended for very complex 4K/UHD workflows and 8K+. NVIDIA hardware encoder up to 8K. Also recommended for very complex VR workflows.
2nd GPU: For background rendering and Mistika Totem function (both GPUs rendering the same clip). It does not need to be the same model as the first GPU, but they need to be supported by the same NVidia driver version. It also requires the high end power supply option for the Z8 workstation, and up to double amount of RAM to get full advantage of both GPUs.
2 x Xeon 6246R (Recommended): Total 32 Cores / 64 Threads @ 3.4Ghz (Max 4.1Ghz). Highly recommended for for scenes with multiple compressed layers or for single layer of CPU intensive codecs like J2K / DCP, XAVC, EXR compressed, etc . Also recommended for dual GPU systems in general.
Other options are possible depending on the workflow.
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
Minimum: 1 monitor x 1920x1080. Recommended: 2 monitors x 1920x1200 ( plus a reference display connected to the Aja board).
Note: 4K GUI monitors are also supported, although they are only recommended is special cases (these systems are designed to send the high resolution images to a external reference display, not to watch them in the GUI)
Aja KONA 4: Up to 2 x 2K (2K Stereo3D) or 1 x 4K / UHD 60p (YUV422 10bit and RGB444 10bit)
Aja KONA 5: Same as previous models, plus 4K Stereo3D (dual 12G) and 8K (quad 12G ): Up to 8K 60p 10 bit uncompressed (8K realtime when used with specialised Mistika Storage only).
Note: The KONA 5 8K requires special firmware and additional hardware/software options. Currently the KONA 5 boards are only supported when provided by SGO on Mistika Ultima turnkey systems.
Kona5 also supports 8K capture and playout from/to Panasonic 8K VTRs.
Support RGB444 10bit modes up to 4K.
Support YUV422 10bit modes up to 8K 60p, also 4K stereo3D dual link.
Supported color panels:
Tangent CP200 (legacy panels, but still supported)
Tangent Ripple2, Wave and Wave2 (recommended for laptops)
Tangent Elements (recommended by default, compact desktop solution)
Tangent Arc (Recommended for high end dedicated color grading suites)
Precision panel (Recommended for high end dedicated color grading suites)
Mistika-Storage (main reference models and their performance with uncompressed formats):
Mistika-Storage-12. 12 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: Realtime uncompressed formats: UHD 60p 10bit, 4K DPX 444 10 bit 24p.
Mistika-Storage-24. 24 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: Realtime uncompressed formats: 2 x 4K 24p , UHD 60p
Mistika-Storage-36 36 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: 4K Tiff16 24p (DCDM), EXR 16bit uncompressed 24p. 2 x 4K 24p, 2 x UHD 60p, the 4K streams can be shared between 2 systems.
Mistika-Storage-48 48 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: 8K 60p 10b uncompressed, or 3 x 4K streams
Mistika-Storage-96 96 disks 3.5" raid6 protected: Ultimate performance for 8K 60p 10b, or to share several 4K uncompressed streams between several systems.
Mistika-Storage-NVMe: NVme storage ( up to 12 NVme internal drives ) . All realtime uncompressed formats up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed. Recommended for portable systems or standalone systems not needing a lot of storage space.
Note: The above realtime performance numbers are only warranted in Mistika storage units provided by SGO. Mistika storage is extremely fine tuned for Mistika software, and in general it has demonstrated to provide more than double performance for this application than other storage manufacturers, even when using identical storage hardware.
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. There are also high speed connectivity options as per next point.
Mistika-Storage QOS: This option permits to prioritize Mistika systems while they are doing playbacks and instantly release reserved bandwidth when no more playbacks are happening. This permits to avoid the expensive need for over-provisioning storage bandwidth
Realtime filesystems and connectivity options
XFS: For standalone systems, up to 4K 60p.
SGO OEM SN5/SN6 SAN: For SAN storage shared between different systems, up to UHD stereo and 8K 60p performance with Mistika uncompressed files.
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 (2 x10Gb ports are normally provided by default).
Next stage is to add a dedicated Mistika Storage Server and move the previous DAS storage to it. In this way the storage 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:
Mistika Storage server connections, sorted from faster to slower:
- Fibre channel 32G: ( up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed (requiers 3x32G ports), unlimited distance . Supported Clients: Windows, Mac, Linux ). Supports up to 128Gb per system (4x32G)
- SAS 4x12Gb target mode ( up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed, short cables only. Supported Clients: Windows, Linux ). This solution is recommened for systems located on the same or nearby racks.
- 10 Gb ethernet, ( Up to 2K Stereo3D uncompressed. 4K requires compressed formats ), unlimited distances. Supported Clients: Windows, Mac, Linux )