I am considering a system that would use 5 multicast UDP streams of Standard Definition MPEG-2 video at about 8Mbps each. I realize it is early days yet to determine the performance of the transcoder. But, is it reasonable to imagine being able to ingest all 5 streams simultaneously into a single Wowza server? I would transcode them all to adaptive bit rate streams for distribution to the usual plethora of clients.
If this is even practical, would it require a particularly powerful server class system?
Does Sandy Bridge accelerate MPEG-2 transcodes?