Skip to Main Content
Video processing applications are notably data intense, time, and resource consuming. Upfront infrastructure investment is usually high, specially when dealing with applications where time-to- market is a crucial requirement, e.g., breaking news and journalism. Such infrastructures are often inefficient, because due to demand variations, resources may end up idle a good portion of the time. In this paper, we propose the Split&Merge architecture for high performance video processing, a generalization of the MapReduce paradigm that rationalizes the use of resources by exploring on demand computing. To illustrate the approach, we discuss an implementation of the Split&Merge architecture, that reduces video encoding times to fixed duration, independently of the input size of the video file, by using dynamic resource provisioning in the Cloud.