"The new processors are cost-effective and fast, Labrie
says. Each of the 32 processors cost about US$3,400. 'Peter Jackson
wants us to get as much of the money onto the screen as possible,
so the less we can pay for our processors the better off we are.'
Price has to be balanced against the support available from the
vendor involved, Labrie says. "You don't want to hire a bunch of
cheap machines from a bunch of fly-by-night vendors who are not
going to be around when suddenly all of your machines start
'What's great about the SGI solution is that you have an
open-source, open-market solution, but you're getting that from a
vendor that's already established.'"
Story[ Apologies for the age of this story... we were
overcome by the flashing Burger King goblets. -ed. ]