Tips, Tricks and Technical Information

Rivermax and Drastic Software

lic chip2110Scope, Net-X-Code, videoQC, and FlowCaster software support Rivermax for software based SMPTE 2110/2022 input and/or output with NVIDIA Rivermax®, ConnectX-6 and BlueField network adapters. This article outlines the appropriate driver, firmware and software setup. It also includes links to articles on optimizing your system to best make use of Rivermax as a SMPTE-2110 I/O system.

NVIDIA Rivermax Hardware

The NVIDIA Rivermax® + ConnectX-5/6/BlueField2 adapter card combination fully enables compliance with M&E specifications, such as the SMPTE 2110-22; reduces CPU utilization for video data streaming; and removes bottlenecks for the highest throughput. It can reach 82 Gbps of streamed video with a single CPU core.

Rivermax-accelerated applications stream not only video, audio, and ancillary data but other data stream formats as well, enabling the Rivermax accelerations and CPU savings required for high bandwidth applications such as broadcast and production quality video streaming.

How to Install

Installing Rivermax

Once the ConnectX-6 or BlueField network card is installed in the system, you will need to load the correct drivers, firmware, and license Rivermax.


To install for Rivermax, you must specify it on the command line:

MLNX_WinOF2-2_80_50000_All_x64.exe /v"MT_RIVERMAX=1 /l*vx log.txt


Hardware Settings

There are two important settings for the ConnectX/BlueField hardware:

Loopback - Disable Unicast and Multicast


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and Flow Control - Disabled

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BlueField Setup

Follow the instructions in


to set up the DPU's PTP reader for hardware PTP handling.  Please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more information. 


To use Rivermax, you will need to request a license from an authorized NVIDIA reseller. The licenses are each specific to a certain type of board, so you will need to confirm the appropriate solution for your workflow. To find an NVIDIA reseller in your area, you can check out their Partner Portal.

Install the Rivermax license here: C:\Program Files\Mellanox\Rivermax\lib\rivermax.lic

NVIDIA Rivermax Solutions for Drastic Software

Some Drastic software uses NVIDIA Rivermax to send and receive ST-2110. Please see the Software tab of this page for more information.


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