HPC at Lucasfilm

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Coolness from GridToday:

When he takes the stage for his keynote speech at the Next Generation Data Center conference, Kevin Clark, director of IT operations for Lucasfilm, says he just wants to share what goes on behind the scenes at the entertainment company that has played key roles in everything from “Star Wars” to “Pirates of the Caribbean.” From film-rendering systems to storage challenges to taking advantage of virtualization technologies, Clark will share a little of the pain the comes with managing a demanding IT environment, but also will share a little bit of the fun in the form the seeing the end products of this hard work.

The article is in the form of a Q&A, during the course of which we find out the boys from Skywalker Ranch run Linux (SUSE) on about 5,500 Opterons and have their own scheduler. Good stuff.