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WIRED: Where Hobbits Live Virtually [Linux and SGI in the Making of The Lord of the Rings]

Dec 13, 2001, 06:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kim Griggs)

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"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 breaking.

'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.'"

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