Dialogic PowerMedia HMP for Linux
Host Multimedia Processing Software for Voice and Video IP Solutions
Dialogic PowerMedia HMP for Linux (HMP Linux) is scalable, feature-rich multimedia processing software for building innovative and cost-effective voice and video solutions suitable for enterprise or service provider deployment. HMP Linux can enable basic SIP or hybrid connectivity, audio and video play/record, multimedia streaming, transcoding, fax, automated interactive audio and video solutions (IVR and IVVR), and complex live interactions, such as contact centers and audio and video conferencing or video portals. With HMP Linux, Dialogic brings decades of media processing and signaling development experience to a pure software media engine, allowing developers to transition many existing Dialogic hardware-based applications to software-based IP-enabled solutions, or create completely new mobile interactivity and other multimedia applications.
HMP Linux includes H.264 and VP8 video support up to HD720p resolution, continuous presence video conferencing, HD Voice with G.722, AMR Wideband (G.722.2), and OPUS codecs, media server virtualization, and scales up to 5000 SIP connections and 2000 conference parties. HMP Linux also contains patented and patent-pending software that enhances video quality through improved bit-rate control and dynamic feedback algorithms. HMP Linux runs on general-purpose servers without the need for specialized hardware. Along with virtualization support, this reduces total cost of ownership and provides greater efficiency and deployment flexibility. Adding Dialogic HMP Interface Boards (DNI Boards) allows PSTN connectivity in a “single box” solution with gateway functionality. Programming interfaces for HMP Linux include Dialogic R4 and Global Call APIs for low-level media and signaling control.
- IVR and speech-enabled IVR
- Voice announcement server
- Voice mail server
- Unified Messaging (Voice, Video, Fax, Speech)
- Audio Conferencing Server
- Prepaid/debit card services
- Contact center
- Outbound dialing
- Speech-enabled applications
- Video Ring Tones and CRBT
- Video mail/messaging server
- Video Portal and IVVR
- Video Surveillance
- Video Conferencing Server
- Transcoding Server (TDM-IP, IP-IP, Voice, Video)
- IP Media gateways
- TDM/IP gateways
- Converged PBX and IP-PBX
How PowerMedia HMP Linux Works
HMP Linux performs media processing tasks on general-purpose processors running on common server architecture without requiring specialized hardware. HMP Linux provides media services and functionality for building flexible, scalable, and cost-effective converged telephony applications, next-generation multimedia servers and gateway solutions for TDM, IP, 3G/4G wireless and IMS networks. HMP Linux is complimented by support for other Dialogic products and technologies, including:
- Dialogic Global Call and R4 APIs — enables existing applications written for other Dialogic products (for example, board products) to move easily from TDM to IP and to HMP Linux.
- Dialogic HMP Interface Boards (DNI Boards) — enables PSTN (T1/E1) connectivity in a variety of densities
- Dialogic DSI SS7 Boards, Dialogic DSI Signaling Servers, and Dialogic DSI Protocol Stacks
– provides TDM or IP SS7 interfaces using Global Call API for SS7 Signaling
– supports single-server solutions, such as for pre-paid wireless and CRBT
HMP Linux includes security features using Secure RTP (SRTP), DTLS-SRTP and SIP Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt media and signaling information and keep media transactions secure. Because SRTP and DTLS-SRTP provides encryption, message authentication and integrity, and replay protection for RTP data, conversations are secure and cannot be stolen for later playback. TLS prevents the theft of dialing information on outbound calls because it secures SIP signaling information.
HMP Linux supports video transcoding and video transrating for building applications such as continuous presence video conferencing, video portals, and video streaming servers of different densities. Video codecs supported include H.264 and VP8 (up to HD720p resolution at 2Mbps) as well as MPEG-4 and H.263 (up to CIF resolution, 30fps and 384kbps). IP video endpoints can be inter-connected with transcoding between a supported codec or in a pass-through (native) mode using the same video codec. HMP Linux also supports video streaming, video transcoding, and audio transcoding (AMR-NB and AMR-WB) capabilities for 3GPP wireless applications and can deliver only the audio portion of a video call to an audio-only endpoint for gateway functionality between multimedia endpoints.
In addition, HMP Linux supports:
- Initiation and termination of a multimedia (audio/video) call, which includes SIP-based call control
- Synchronization of voice and video streams for playback on IP video phones, video-enabled soft clients, and connections to 3G/4G network endpoints
- Enhanced DVR controls such as pause, resume, and fast forward during video playback operations
Easy Migration to Hybrid TDM-IP and Pure IP Solutions
HMP Linux uses the Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) typically present in host server platforms to enable IP connectivity, and supports the IETF RFC 3261 SIP standard for voice and video call session establishment.
When combined with Dialogic HMP Interface Boards (DNI Boards) for PSTN connectivity, HMP Linux provides a cost-effective platform for building TDM solutions, and then later migrating them easily to hybrid platforms, and ultimately to pure IP deployments. The DNI Boards are software-selectable T1 and E1 trunks supporting a range of PSTN protocols, including ISDN and CAS. Hybrid platforms can be deployed as IP media gateways, enhanced service platforms, or converged PBX solutions.
To help customers accelerate their time-to-market and migrate existing applications to IP, HMP Linux supports two direct APIs: the Dialogic® R4 API for media processing and the Dialogic Global Call API for call control. Because these APIs are consistent with the APIs for Dialogic boards with DM3 architecture, Dialogic customers can facilitate quick application development and easy migration from a board-based platform to a platform based on HMP Linux.
To provide interoperability for high-quality media streaming with a wide variety of IP gateways and endpoints that comply with IETF and ITU standards, HMP Linux supports RTP/RTCP protocols for streaming over IP using G.711, G.726, G.723.1, G.729, iLBC, GSM-FR, GSM-EFR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB (G.722.2), G.722 and OPUS.
To further provide high voice quality and low latency, HMP Linux supports:
- Threshold alarms
- Packet loss reduction/concealment
- RTP and RTCP timeouts
- Type Of Service (TOS) byte setting
- Detection and reporting of timeouts in RTP and RTCP sessions to applications
To enable advanced network QoS monitoring and analysis, HMP Linux supports High Resolution RTCP (RTCP-HR) reports for applications that require extended data assessments of VoIP delivery within the network.
Conferencing features in HMP Linux facilitate the development of advanced multimedia conferencing applications. These features include:
- Coaching and Whisper Conferencing
- Active talker notification
- Tone clamping
- Echo cancellation
- HD Voice conferencing (wideband n-way mixing)
- Video Mixing and tiling (including custom layouts)
- Video active talker switching
- Video transcoding and resizing
- Video text and image captioning
Other Notable Features
HMP Linux also includes the following notable features:
- Support for WebRTC media technologies, including audio and video transcoding security, STUN messaging and codecs (such as OPUS and VP8) to integrate with WebRTC endpoints and media streams for deployment in virtually any network environment.
- Support for HD Voice via wideband audio codecs (G.722, AMR-WB, OPUS) for messaging and conferencing
- Ability to use Dialogic’s IP call control API or, at developers’ preference, to integrate another IP call control protocol stack
- Ability to programmatically control the volume of RTP sessions in order to benefit the end-user experience
- Support for a variety of media processing functions, such as:
– Play with volume control
– Record with Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
– Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF)
– User-defined tone detection and generation, including industry-standard RFC 2833/RFC 4733 mechanisms
- Support for outbound call progress analysis with positive voice detection and positive answering machine detection algorithms
- Support for Dialogic Continuous Speech Processing (CSP) functionality with APIs that are compatible with Dialogic boards, allowing integration with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engines
- Support for fax store and forward for IP (T.38 and G.711 fax pass-through) and PSTN (V.17) networks.
Features and Benefits:
|Support for IETF and WC3 WebRTC codecs (Opus audio, VP8 video) and technologies to provide real-time video and audio media mixing, security, and NAT/firewall traversal with WebRTC-enabled HTML5 browsers||Facilitates the development and deployment of rich communication applications and services across Web, VoIP/SIP, and PSTN networks to virtually all connected endpoints|
|Multimedia features such as video streaming and transcoding (H.264, VP8, MPEG-4 , and H.263), video resizing, conferencing, and text/image overlay up to HD720p resolution||Enables multimedia solutions, such as video portals, continuous presence multimedia conferencing, and video-enabled contact centers|
|Voice features, such as wideband audio codec support (G.722, G.722.2 and OPUS), play, record, transaction record, DTMF detection, and Call Progress Analysis (CPA)||Enables advanced voice applications, such as IVR and contact centers with PSTN and IP endpoints that require support for a wide array of codecs, including WebRTC media.|
|Applications scale according to processor performance, memory and co-resident application demands on the host server platform||Allows for high density, cost-effective IP and TDM solutions that typically can support several thousand concurrent sessions|
|Secure RTP (SRTP), DTLS-SRTP and SIP Transport Layer Security (TLS)||Enables encryption security at the media layer with SRTP, DTLS-SRTP for WebRTC media and at the signaling layer with TLS|
|Supports Dialogic HMP Interface Boards (DNI Boards) for T1/E1||Enables converged solutions in enterprise and service provider environments with easy migration to pure IP platforms|
|HD Voice Conferencing for narrowband and wideband audio mixing||Facilitates development of any to any conferencing, maintaining optimal audio fidelity with PSTN, WebRTC and IP endpoint|
Applications developed on HMP Linux often serve as a voice or video IP Media Server, a network entity that terminates IP signaling and media connections in a network, which can be deployed differently in service provider and enterprise environments. Configurations for IP media servers that can be developed with HMP Linux include video transcoding gateway, video transcoding media server, video portal, network announcement, IVR, voice mail, and conferencing server.
Service Provider Configuration
Figure 1 illustrates how an IP media server based on HMP Linux can be deployed in a typical service provider environment to deliver messaging, IVR, announcements, voice mail, speech, or conferencing applications.
HMP Linux also enables video versions of many of these applications. An IP-PSTN gateway terminates PSTN connections, and a softswitch manages all aspects of call establishment and teardown over IP. Once the call is established, an RTP connection is created between the IP media server and an endpoint. The softswitch tells the media server, IP endpoints, and IP-PSTN gateway when to establish or drop connections.
Figure 1. Dialogic PowerMedia HMP for Linux in a Service Provider Environment
Figure 2 shows an example of how HMP Linux can be deployed in an enterprise environment for IVR, video portal, auto attendant, voice mail, unified messaging, speech, or conferencing services.
Figure 2. Dialogic PowerMedia HMP for Linux in an Enterprise Environment
|Channel Density||Up to 2000 concurrent user sessions. Number of concurrent user sessions depends on the host processor and the application in use.|
|Call Control over IP and TDM|
|Media Streaming over IP|
|Tone generation and detection||
|Media control over RTP||Programmatic control of inbound RTP stream gain and outbound RTP stream volume|
|Voice Processing Features|
|Features supported||Play, record, and tone generation and detection|
|Play||Volume control and index play|
|Record||Automatic Gain Control (AGC)|
|Audio file formats for play/record||
|Total parties per server||Number of conferees dependent on host processor and application in use|
|Voice Processing Features|
|Video image formats||
|Record||Stores synchronized voice and video to a file|
|Video frame rates, bitrates||Up to 30 frames per second (Video frame rates), up to 2Mbps (bitrates)|
|Multimedia file formats||
|Voice processing||R4 voice (dx_)|
|IP media (RTP, QoS, etc.)||R4 IPML (ipm_)|
|HD Voice Conferencing||R4 conferencing (cnf_)|
|Continuous Speech Processing||R4 speech (ec_)|
|Fax||R4 fax (fx_)|
|Multimedia||R4 multimedia (mm_)|
|Video Stream Processing Toolkit||
|System Event reporting||R4 SRL (sr_)|
|Supported Dialogic HMP Interface Boards (DNI Boards)|
|Network Interface (DNI Boards)||Single, Dual, Quad and Octal T1/E1 Digital Network Interface (DNI) Boards|
|Processor||Intel and AMD processors, including multi-processor, multi-core versions|
|Memory||8 GB or above recommended for voice applications; 12 GB or above recommended for audio/video applications; 16 GB or above recommended for high density applications|
|Disk Space||1 GB required for full installation of HMP Linux|
|IP-only solutions||Multi-processor, multi-core platforms with an Ethernet NIC (Note: 1000Base-T recommended)|
|Converged solutions||Multi-processor, multi-core PCI platform with an Ethernet NIC and Dialogic HMP Interface Boards (DNI Boards) or gateways|
Download the Dialogic PowerMedia HMP for Linux Datasheet (.PDF)