DreamWorks uses HP converged infrastructure for 3D animation rendering

DreamWorks Animation used HP’s converged infrastructure to provide the computing power needed in the creation of graphics as part of its latest film.

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DreamWorks Animation used HP’s converged infrastructure to provide the computing power needed in the creation of graphics as part of its latest film.

The animation studio said that the production of animated film 'The Croods' involved more than 80 million render hours to generate visual images of 3D models of the film’s characters. 

In order to provide the compute power needed to render the masses of data in the film's production, DreamWorks looked to HP’s converged infrastructure, using HP ProLiant servers in render farms across California and Las Vegas in the US, and Bangalore in India. The disparate team of artists were also able to collaborate in real time using HP’s Remote Graphics Software.

Using ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server blades, the studio was able to increase render capabilities to an average of 500,000 jobs a day, HP said.

“Cutting-edge digital manufacturing requires a huge amount of compute power and orchestrated collaboration across our studios,” said Derek Chan, head of Technology Global Operations, DreamWorks Animation.

“HP Converged Infrastructure ensures that our filmmakers have the technical resources they require to bring their creative vision to life and deliver amazing films to our audiences.”

To create background characters and landscapes, DreamWorks artists also used HP’s z820 and z800 workstations with dual Intel Xeon chips, allowing them to produce complex scenes across multiple shots. 

In 2012 DreamWorks said that it was one of the early adopters of Intel’s Xeon E5 processors, with Chan claiming at the time that the high performance chips enabled a 35 percent performance boost in the speed at which its servers were able to render the complex 3D graphics used in its films.

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