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30 April 2010 Streaming video for distributed simulation
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Distributed simulation environments are increasingly using video to stimulate operational systems and their prototypical equivalents. Traditionally, this video has been synthesized and delivered by an analog means to consuming software applications. Scene generators typically render to commodity video cards, generate out of band metadata, and convert their outputs to formats compatible with the stimulated systems. However, the approach becomes hardware intensive as environment scale and distribution requirements grow. Streaming video technologies can be applied to uncouple video sources from their consumers, thereby enabling video channel quantities beyond rendering hardware outputs. Moreover, metadata describing the video content can be multiplexed, thereby ensuring temporal registration between video and its attribution. As an application of this approach, the Night Vision Image Generator (NVIG) has been extended and integrated with distribution architectures to deliver streaming video in virtual simulation environments. Video capture hardware emulation and application frame buffer reads are considered for capturing rendered scenes. Video source to encoder bindings and content multiplexing are realized by combining third party video codec, container, and transport implementations with original metadata encoders. Readily available commercial and open source solutions are utilized for content distribution and demultiplexing to a variety of formats and clients. Connected and connectionless distribution approaches are discussed with respect to latency and reliability. Client side scalability, latency, and initialization issues are addressed. Finally, the solution is applied to tactical systems stimulus and training, showing the evolvement from the analog to the streamed video approach.
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Steven G. Webster and Douglas J. Paul "Streaming video for distributed simulation", Proc. SPIE 7705, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications V, 77050K (30 April 2010);

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