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Bridge Technologies’ Microbitrate addresses microsecond-level peaks

Bridge Technologies has enhanced its Microbitrate analytics, which is integrated into the company’s VB330, VB220, VB120 and NOMAD monitoring solutions.

This proprietary feature, according to the company, is unique amongst IP-based broadcast monitoring probes on the market, providing insight into network performance, and is essential for broadcasters committed to maintaining superior Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) in an increasingly competitive market.

Traditional network traffic measurement instruments often rely on average metrics over a second to assess network performance. In reality though, a network is subject to ‘microbursts’, a phenomenon in which data packets are transmitted in rapid, oversized bursts. Although these constitute only momentary fluctuations, they have the potential to overflow the buffers of the network stack, undermining broadcast quality. 

Thus, a per-second readout of network performance may indicate that, on average, everything is operating within parameters, when in reality the broadcast is subject to jitter and dropped packets. Indeed, a network showing an average rate of four gigabits per second may experience microsecond-level peaks reaching as high as 25 gigabits.

By addressing this issue at the microsecond level, Bridge Technologies’ Microbitrate feature helps engineers to pinpoint the exact moments and causes of microbursts, facilitating immediate and effective troubleshooting. 

Whilst the core functionality of Bridge Technologies’ Microbitrate analytics has been integrated into the IP probes for over six years, it undergoes continuous evolution with each new version release, providing increasingly intuitive and in-depth visualisations of network traffic peaks and troughs. With the ability to customise time in increments at which measurement is undertaken, the company says no other broadcast probe on the market offers this level of detail and user-friendly presentation.

Simen Frostad, Chairman of Bridge Technologies, said, “The ability to monitor and analyse microbursts is indispensable for providers dealing with IP transmissions.

“With our Version 6.3 release, we have further improved our MicroBursting analytics, empowering users to maintain the highest standards of distribution quality, and ensuring seamless delivery and optimal viewer experiences.”

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