DreamWorks Animation The Croods Tops 9,100 Linux Render-Years

The Croods

HP Linux render farm used to create film

The Croods, which took #1 in the box office this weekend with an estimated $44.7 million, used a powerful Linux render farm to create the film

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/3/27 – The Croods took more than 9,100 computing render-years to generate images from 3-D models. DreamWorks Animation uses Linux and HP for its animation workstations and servers.

“Cutting-edge digital manufacturing requires a huge amount of compute power and orchestrated collaboration across our studios,” says DreamWorks Animation head of technology global operations Derek Chan. “HP Converged Infrastructure ,ensures that our filmmakers have the technical resources they require to bring their creative vision to life and deliver amazing films to our audiences.” The HP Converged Infrastructure includes servers, storage, networking, services, management software and workstations, HP printers and digital rendering.

The Linux server farm has more than 25,000 cores. DreamWorks Animation relies on a mix of HP ProLiant G8, G6 and G5 server blades. With its increase in cores and performance, the G8 blades achieve more than 40% higher render throughput compared to the G6 class blades and deliver more than 42% better performance per watt. The performance improvement has enabled the studio to render more efficiently and effectively and at a lower total cost.  As a result, the studio increased render capabilities to an average of 500,000 jobs a day.

To bring to life the overprotective dad Grug and the teenage rebel daughter Eep, DreamWorks Animation used Linux servers and HP Enterprise Services in render farms across four geographic locations: Glendale and Redwood City, California, Las Vegas and Bangalore, India. To create the characters and intricate landscapes of The Crood, artists used HP’s most powerful workstations, the HP Z820 and Z800. With dual Intel® Xeon® processors, the HP Z820 workstation is up to 50% faster than previous generation workstations.

HP Remote Graphics Software enabled artists across studios in Glendale, Redwood City and Bangalore to collaborate in real time on a single desktop display.Access to the studio’s applications and assets is via HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP MSA P2000, HP StoreAll Storage and HP StoreOnce Backup. Color consistency across print, display and big screen production of the movie by HP DreamColor displays and printers.

The Croods is in theaters everywhere.

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