Google's New Custom Argos Silicon Replaces 10 Million Intel CPUs! The Argos VPU allows them to enable VP9 across all of their services. In the process of building this chip, Google even created their own EDA tool called Taffel!
Nice write up. Just this bothers me a bit.
"Google achieves a 7x increase in total cost of ownership (TCO) for the infrastructure needed to encode videos on H.264, and a 33.3x increase in VP9."
That's TCO reduction not increase. :-)
Cool stuff. I wrote some of my thoughts on it here:
Makes total sense for them. I wish they had compared to H.265/HEVC too, but I guess they didn't consider it anyway because it's cheaper to use their free codecs instead.
I'm curious what Twitch uses to do transcoding and recompress for archival versions.. 🤔