A shorty, but interesting to everyone who does HPC and has kids
Famed animation studio Pixar is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Academy Award winning RenderMan Pro Server software with the introduction of a new version, the 14th release so far. Named simply RenderMan Pro Server 14.0, the upcoming software will feature performance enhancements, accelerated ray-tracing, faster processing of large polygon datasets, optimized hair performance, faster AOV’s, and enhanced threading scalability. Moreover, the updated version will come with a new SDK and full compatibility with the 64bit version of Windows Vista and the yet to be released Windows HPC Server 2008, a little something that Microsoft could only salute.
This is the technology behind kid-friendly features like The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille, and Monsters Inc. As recent purchases by film companies like Weta Digital indicate, film making is increasing an HPC business.