Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 18:15 to 21:00
Birmingham City University
Curzon Street Millenium Point
B4 7XG Birmingham
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

Tim Harris (CTO Mirriad) will cover some of the challenges he has found and the solutions that have been adopted to provisioning and running an interconnected global infrastructure for processing video.
Along with the migration approach being taken to AWS and how Mirriad are finding working with regional broadcast partners across the world.
The evening will cover a broad range of topics, from utilizing Docker containers to speed development + deployment, to APIs in media and advertising (or the lack there of).


Mirriad is a start-up building the market for a new type of advertising: Native In-Video Advertising (NIVA).  These ads are delivered  across the world on sites as diverse as Australia, Indonesia, China, and Germany from our bases of operations in the UK and India.

Having built a proprietary video processing software platform utilizing NVidia GPUs for rendering and analysis, Mirriad are currently transitioning from on-premise hardware to AWS cloud-based infrastructure for their services.

See Mirriad Technology Demonstrated on BBC news



Tim Harris is an experienced software developer and engineering manager. Trained to evaluate the business value of technology and the engineering implications of business decisions.Tim holds an Engineering Doctorate from the Institute for System Level Integration and is a SMPTE and AES member.

 He was a founding manager  of the SMPTE UK section.



Birmingham City University City Centre / Millennium Point Campus is just outside Birmingham City centre – see map  

There is a multi-storey car park owned and managed by Birmingham City Council situated adjacent to Millennium Point. The car park can be accessed via Jennens Road.   After parking, take the lift to level 2.  Leave the car park at that level and into Millennium Point. Then go past the lifts; the entrance to the University is opposite the ThinkTank

Millennium Point is clearly signposted from all main routes into the city – simply follow the brown tourist signs. The nearest motorways are the M6, M5 and M42.
NB. If using sat nav please use the following postcode- B4 7AP. 

Millennium Point is just 10 mins walk  from Moor Street Station  and a quarter of an Hour From New Street Station   – exit following signs to Moor Street Station 

The 1603 train from Euston (Arr BHM 1727)   is the last before peak time and you will be able to catch either the 2050 (arr EUS 22.13 ) or the 2110 (Arr EUS 22.43) 

see map  

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