Configure ingest acceleration

Akamai provides a robust and flexible ingest workflow capable of ingesting high quality streams. The Ingest Acceleration feature enables better quality and reliable ingest throughput.

How does it work?

Ingest Acceleration is enabled and controlled through the Ingest Acceleration Source (IAS) that you install in your data center, and it communicates with encoders inside your company’s firewall. IAS should be in the same LAN as the publishing encoder. This provides a more reliable connection to the encoder.

The stream is encoded by your encoder and handed to IAS, which then accelerates transport to the Akamai entrypoint by using proprietary, optimized transport over User Datagram Protocol (UDP).

This optional feature improves encoder to Akamai ingest performance and provides more stability and reliability over the first mile.


Ensure that your system is set up to use IAS.
  • The encoder and Ingest Acceleration Source (IAS) should be run on the same computer. The local host is more reliable than other network computers, and this will streamline IAS.
  • The connection between the encoder and the IAS client is not encrypted or otherwise protected, so the two programs should be running on the same machine or on the same trusted local network.
  • If your encoder doesn't allow you to install third-party software, install IAS on a separate computer that is on the same trusted local network.
  • The encoder should have the ability to specify a port number in the POST or PUT method.
  • Allocate at least 2GB memory for each encoder URL for Linux and 1GB for Windows.
  • When you run IAS on Linux, run it as a screen session that you can detach from to run other commands.