Monitoring and analysis of SMPTE ST 2059-2 PTP networks & media devices
Date & Time
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Thomas Kernen Nikolaus Kerö

As All-IP studios leveraging the SMPTE ST 2110 document suite gain traction, one of the fundamental pillars upon which such systems rely is an accurate and reliable time transfer protocol. SMPTE ST 2059 standardized such a model based on the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol. Each and every system element, it being network or media devices, impacts the overall time transfer capabilities and accuracy. In turn, this impacts the timing of the ST 2110 media streams that are generated or received by the media nodes. Whilst PTP does provide fault tolerance capabilities, performance degradation of time transfer is not always well understood. This can significantly impact operations in live networks, it being due to a sudden event or a degradation. Therefore, an overarching view of the end to end timing system including backup, standby and network devices is required. The monitoring of such capabilities should be common to all devices, whenever possible, including different means to verify in-band and out-of-band measurements as to how devices are performing, with respect to time transfer. Combined with historical archiving of the monitored data, this provides the framework for tracking and correlating possible events. This paper describes the different monitoring capabilities, their advantages and weaknesses and the value they provide to the monitored datasets. It further focuses on the means to uniformize the process across all monitored devices to ensure consistency in the collected data. Furthermore, we highlight the benefits of collecting and storing monitoring time transfer data for historical and real-time analysis and how this is can be used to identify degradation trends and events with respect to time transfer. Finally, we discuss the ongoing efforts in SMPTE and other standardization bodies around PTP monitoring, the common trends, expected outcome and how these will contribute to streamlining time transfer monitoring, supervision and analysis.

Technical Depth of Presentation
What Attendees will Benefit Most from this Presentation
Architects, Technologists, Engineers engaged in designing and deploying All-IP infrastructure for live media transport such as those defined in ST 2110 document suite.
Take-Aways from this Presentation
• Framework on how to monitor media and network nodes in All-IP studios • Practical methods for data collection for time transfer analysis and event detection • Insight into industry direction on standardization of time transfer monitoring