|Issue: Animation - Aug 23, 2004
PIPELINEFX & SGI PARTNER ON TURNKEY RENDERFARM
BOSTON - PipelineFX
of Honolulu, HI, and Silicon Graphics, based in Mountain View, CA, have teamed
to create a turnkey renderfarm, designed for smaller post studios creating animated content and visual effects. The bundle includes SGI's 64-bit Altix XE
Linux-based server and PipelineFX's Qube! software, which provides render
management across multiple applications and operating systems.
The Render Management Solution will be sold through SGI
channels and is designed to grow in server and storage capacity - as well as
with additional Qube! licenses - as a studio's business changes. A number of
leasing options are available, allowing customers to start small and add
equipment as necessary.
Standard Altix XE servers are driven by Dual-Core Intel Xeon
processors. A total of four processor cores are featured in each server with
support for up to 32GB of memory. SGI plans on making the Render Management
Solution available later this month, and PipelineFX is working on bench tests
that will quantify its performance.