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NewsForge: Studio Adds Lustre to Harry Potter Films

Jan 06, 2006, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Framestore CFC, the animation studio responsible for much of the eerie special effects work in the latest installment of the Harry Potter film series, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,' uses fast, powerful Intel-based Linux clusters in its render farm, but it was still running into problems because of bottlenecks with its Network File System servers. Accio Lustre--an open source cluster file system called Lustre helped feed the studio's prodigious I/O appetite at a price point that keeps it competitive with larger organizations.

"Using Linux is common at production studios these days, but Framestore was one of the first..."

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