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CNET News: Pixar Switches from Sun to Intel

Feb 10, 2003, 14:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Pixar Animation Studios, which brought the world 'Monsters Inc.' and 'Toy Story,' is switching from Sun Microsystems to Intel, as the melodrama in the server market heats up.

"The Emeryville, Calif.-based film studio is replacing servers from Sun in its 'render farm'--a bank of servers that fuses artists' images into finished film frames--with eight new blade servers from RackSaver. In all, the blade system contains 1,024 Intel 2.8GHz Xeon processors, and it runs the open-source Linux operating system.

"Pixar installed the RackSaver system over the last six months and will use it to develop its next film, 'The Incredibles,' which will likely hit theaters in 2004..."

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