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"Star Wars" Effects Studio Shifts to Intel

Jul 24, 2002, 23:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

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"Industrial Light and Magic has joined the empire, at least in terms of hardware.

"The technical effects studio has switched from using RISC-Unix workstations from SGI to using Intel-based Dell systems running Linux for the bulk of its animation and special effects work, said Cliff Plumer, ILM's chief technology officer. As part of the conversion, ILM recently deployed 600 Pentium 4 workstations.

"'The Intel workstations that were deployed were probably 20 percent of the price of SGI workstations we bought a few years ago,' Plumer said. 'Performancewise, they are about three times as fast...'"

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