Wednesday, February 07, 2018

UTP Vendor Alert #2018 - 1
“Test Broadcast” IP Multicast Channels Testing Opportunities Announced

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What you need to know:

  • As announced in UTP Vendor Alert 2017-14, the UTP SIP plans to introduce new “Test Broadcast” IP Multicast Channels dedicated to evening format and content testing. With the introduction of the dedicated test channels, the UTP SIP will no longer send test data over production channels during weeknight testing.
  • Implementation of these new Multicast Channels and weeknight testing changes are scheduled to take place in Q1 2018.
  • In order to allow the direct data recipients an opportunity to prepare for this release testing opportunities are available weeknights between 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm, beginning Monday February 12, 2018 through March 9, 2018.
  • During this testing period the SIP will broadcast the test data in parallel over the new Test broadcast IP’s as well as over production services.
  • As part of this release, the UTP SIP will also modify the transmission schedule for select control messages processed after 8:00 PM (20:00).

Overview

As announced in UTP Vendor Alert 2017-14, the UTP SIP plans to introduce new “Test Broadcast” IP Multicast Channels dedicated to evening format and content testing. With the introduction of the dedicated test channels, the UTP SIP will no longer send test data over production channels during weeknight testing.

What testing opportunities will be available?

In order to allow the direct data recipients an opportunity to prepare for this release the following testing will be available beginning Monday February 12, 2018 through implementation.

  • There will be no Saturday testing opportunities, instead the SIP will broadcast the test data in parallel over the production services as well as over the new Test broadcast IP’s for one month.
  • Parallel period will begin Monday, February 12, 2018 lasting till Friday March 9, 2018.
  • Each weeknight between 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm the test dissemination will be available on the new “Test Broadcast” IP Multicast channels as well as on the production services.

Implementation of the new Test broadcast IP is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018. On this day the test data will no longer be disseminated over production channels and direct data recipients will need to use the new Test broadcast IP’s for nightly testing.

Will the new test groups become automatically available?

Yes, the new test groups will automatically become available at the time parallel testing begins. Direct data recipients should work with their network providers to ensure configurations and access are functioning.

Are there any additional changes with this release?

Yes, as part of this release the UTP SIP will also modify the transmission schedule for select control messages processed after 8:00 pm (20:00). This change will allow the SIP to provide connectivity testing on the production IP’s between 20:01 until 21:30 prior to transitioning to the Test Broadcast IPs.

The UTP SIP production feeds will end transmission at approximately 20:01 over the production IP multicast lines once this release is implemented on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Message Type Approximate Time - Normal Close Approximate Time - Early Close Message Description
Category = C; Type = X 20:10 moving to 20:00 17:10 moving to 17:00 End Of Trade Reporting
Category = C; Type = J 20:10 moving to 20:00 17:10 moving to 17:00 End Of Day
Category = C; Type = Z 20:16 moving to 20:01 17:16 moving to 17:01 End Of Transmissions

Please refer to the UTP SIP Transmission schedule, on the UTP Plan website for details.

After implementation can test data be disseminated during non-market hours?

Yes, while this change is designed to minimize the possibility of data recipients processing test data as production data, during non-market hours the UTP SIP may broadcast unmarked test data. Data recipients should take necessary precautions to protect their systems against database corruption during evenings, weekends, early close and market holidays.

Who should I contact for additional information?