Enable GPU Acceleration

OvenMediaEngine supports GPU-based hardware decoding and encoding. Currently supported GPU acceleration devices are Intel's QuickSync and NVIDIA. This article explains how to install the drivers for OvenMediaEngine and set up the configuration to use your GPU.

1. Install Drivers

1. Install NVIDIA GPU Driver

If you are using an NVIDIA graphics card, please refer to the following guide to install the driver. The OS that supports installation with the provided script are CentOS 7/8 and Ubuntu 18/20 versions. If you want to install the driver in another OS, please refer to the manual installation guide document.

CentOS environment requires the process of uninstalling the nouveau driver. After uninstalling the driver, the first reboot is required, and a new NVIDIA driver must be installed and rebooted. Therefore, two install scripts must be executed.

(curl -LOJ https://github.com/AirenSoft/OvenMediaEngine/archive/master.tar.gz && tar xvfz OvenMediaEngine-master.tar.gz)

How to check driver installation

After the driver installation is complete, check whether the driver is operating normally with the nvidia-smi command.

$ nvidia-smi

Thu Jun 17 10:20:23 2021
| NVIDIA-SMI 465.19.01    Driver Version: 465.19.01    CUDA Version: 11.3     |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|                               |                      |               MIG M. |
|   0  NVIDIA GeForce ...  Off  | 00000000:01:00.0 Off |                  N/A |
| 20%   35C    P8    N/A /  75W |    156MiB /  1997MiB |      0%      Default |
|                               |                      |                  N/A |

2 . Prerequisites

If you have finished installing the driver to use the GPU, you need to reinstall the open source library using Prerequisites.sh . The purpose is to allow external libraries to use the installed graphics driver.

OvenMediaEngine-master/misc/prerequisites.sh --enable-nvc

2. Build & Run

Please refer to the link for how to build and run.

pageGetting Started

Intructions on running Docker

you must include the --gpus all option when running Docker

docker run -d ... --gpus all airensoft/ovenmediaengine:dev

3. Configuration

To use hardware acceleration, set the HardwareAcceleration option to true under OutputProfiles. If this option is enabled, a hardware codec is automatically used when creating a stream, and if it is unavailable due to insufficient hardware resources, it is replaced with a software codec.

      <!-- Settings for applications -->
               <!-- Settings to use hardware codecs -->

Appendix. Support Format

The codecs available using hardware accelerators in OvenMediaEngine are as shown in the table below. Different GPUs support different codecs. If the hardware codec is not available, you should check if your GPU device supports the codec.



D / E

D / E




D / E

D / E



Docker on NVIDIA Container Toolkit

D / E

D / E



D : Decoding, E : Encoding