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TheOneRing.net: Linux usage in Lord Of The Rings movie (from NZ November Onfilm)

Nov 06, 2000, 14:31 (4 Talkback[s])

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"Weta's primary rendering resource is based on SGI 1200 Linux servers. "Rendering hinges on the ability to efficiently use processor cycles," Labrie says. "We have 32 dedicated processors today, and expect that to extend to well over 200 by the time we're finished."

"We also have 90 Octane Irix workstations for the principal artists, and another 25 or so Linux-based workstations that we're using primarily for paint, rotoscoping and compositing. These machines also contribute to the rendering pool when available."

"The Linux workstations run Nothing Real's Shake, which is the primary compositing application at Weta. An eight-processor Onyx II also runs Inferno, Discrete Logic's high-speed, single seat compositing system. We have a large number of seats running Maya, Alias/Wavefront's modelling, rendering and animation system. Maya is the core 3D application for the facility," Labrie says."

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