SWR Selects Jordi’s Adam For Digital Archive

The German public service broadcaster Suedwestrundfunk (SWR) has addressed a major tape archive digitization effort by using the Adam solution from the Swiss-based archiving specialist Jordi AG which includes encoding and storage products of Rohde & Schwarz.

SWR needs to archive more than 40,000 tape hours of content each year. To alleviate its growing tape deterioration issues, the broadcaster decided to digitize its entire tape-based archives. SWR settled on a migration system that combines Jordi’s automated digital migration system Adam with Rohde & Schwarz’s Venice video servers and R&S SpycerBox modular storage system running IBM Spectrum Scale.

Adam is a fully automated, self-monitoring archive migration system that orchestrates all the workflow steps from tape insertion to content migration. R&S Venice video servers encode all of the content into the final archive format and then R&S SpycerBox Cell and Ultra TL storage units are employed to perform all data buffering and transfer operations to SWR’s archive administration system.

According to R&S, the turnkey system is more than 40 times faster than previous manual workflows and it can run for 72 hours in lights-out mode meaning that it can operate unattended throughout an entire weekend.

Six remote-controlled VTRs ingest content via a four-channel R&S Venice and another two-channel R&S Venice server that are FIMS-controlled from a Jordi AG controller.

Media is recorded on to a single common R&S SpycerBox Cell SAS storage unit (27TB) and subsequently copied to another R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL unit which serves as a mid-term, non-realtime working buffer for the ingested clips.

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From there, the clips are made available to external LoRes creation engines and to external QC and reporting engines. The archive system backbone is created by a 40 GbE physical layer and IBM Spectrum Scale with NSD packets as a block-organized media exchange mechanism.

As part of the subsequent archiving process, LTO6 tapes are used as a long-term recording media. To maintain the required sustained data rate of 300 MB/s, ADAM uses a R&S SpycerBox Cell in combination with a R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL. These two storage systems are connected via 40 Gbit Ethernet, based on the IBM Spectrum Scale file system. The R&S SpycerBox Cell storage system serves as a buffer memory and records the encoded files from R&S Venice.

This data is then transferred to a R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL which serves as a mid-term working buffer. The R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL guarantees a sustained data rate of at least 300 MB/s during the subsequent processes.


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