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NAB2015: Silverdraft builds Hollywood supercomputer vfx lab

NAB2015: Silverdraft builds Hollywood supercomputer vfx lab
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David Wood
15 April 2015

Supercomputing specialist Silverdraft is to create a unique lab in the heart of Hollywood to train the next generation of vfx and VR artists.

Located at the historic Jim Henson Studios, The Silverdraft Center For Content Creation (SC3) will enable freelance artists, and creators of content, such as games, Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive cinema, to post-produce and render their projects using the fastest supercomputing technology in the industry.

It will offer a 4K screening theatre, as well as multiple creative bays running professional systems for post-production and rendering workflows for 3D animation, vfx, DI and finishing, as well as VR content creation for platforms such as Oculus Rift.

The SC3 will give content creators first-hand experience with state-of-the-art workflow tools typically associated with high-end facilities, while enhancing the quality and production value of their projects and decreasing turnaround times.

The SC3 will also serve as a showcase for Silverdraft technologies, where artist feedback will go directly into the pipeline for future product development.

Each of SC3’s creative bays will contain a combination of Silverdraft Devil and Demon supercomputers and workstations featuring high-performance micron components.

Silverdraft has been showcasing its next-generation customised Devil supercomputers and fast Demon workstations at NAB.

Devils are scalable, supercomputing systems that deliver virtually unlimited compute power to performance-hungry applications in environments such as 3D, vfx, VR or science and engineering.

Demons are desktop workstations that are optimised for specific applications.

The Demon systems feature the same Intel E5 v3 processors and Micron DDR4 RAM and Storage as the Devil range.

Now 20% faster, the new Demon systems include single and multi-processor configurations in both a standard desktop form-factor, with eight PCIE slots.


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