"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