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  09 September 2002
ILM considering move to Linux

Houdini influencing purchase decisions? Hmmm.....

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=5299
 
  09 September 2002
perhaps
perhaps their interest in xsi on lunux also had an effect.
Good to see Houdini mentioned, I wonder if that Magee editor is related?
 
  09 September 2002
nice move !
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  09 September 2002
Yea, ILM allready talked about using linux alot on EP2:
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6011

They said the big thing they were waiting for was Soft3d to justify their move to linux. Since it is a big part of their pipeline. All the other major software is allready there.
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  09 September 2002
The Inquirer was really on the ball with this one.

Here's a couple quotes that make me laugh.

Quote: Further, said the attendee, there were suggestions at the show that ILM might move into distributed computing to take up some of the rendering load in the fure[sic].


Is a render farm not the definition of distributed computing? Or does he mean ILM is going to introduce "ILM@home" where people all over the world can use their idle cycles to render part of Episode III as opposed to trying to cure cancer or whatever.

Quote: ILM, the attendee said, appears to have a large purse to switch to open source, and also appears to be platform agnostic as to whether it's a Hammer or an Itanium which runs the OS.


Being at the forefront of the fast paced effects industry probably forces ILM to turn over their hardware much much more rapidly than almost any other business. I'd be suprised if the hardware used in production at ILM had an average lifespan of more than 30 months. Switching to Linux is going to save them a ton of money in the short and long term, versus paying outrageous prices for hardware upgrades and service contracts with SGI.
 
  09 September 2002
Quote: Is a render farm not the definition of distributed computing? Or does he mean ILM is going to introduce "ILM@home" where people all over the world can use their idle cycles to render part of Episode III as opposed to trying to cure cancer or whatever.


LOL, ILM takes over SETI!!!!! I honestly wouldnt put it past them though!
 
  09 September 2002
Quote: Being at the forefront of the fast paced effects industry probably forces ILM to turn over their hardware much much more rapidly than almost any other business. I'd be suprised if the hardware used in production at ILM had an average lifespan of more than 30 months. Switching to Linux is going to save them a ton of money in the short and long term, versus paying outrageous prices for hardware upgrades and service contracts with SGI.


An asside: for the purpose of Economic Evaluation: computer hardware is considered "Disposable Goods" and not "Durable Goods"
 
  09 September 2002
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Is a render farm not the definition of distributed computing? Or does he mean ILM is going to introduce "ILM@home" where people all over the world can use their idle cycles to render part of Episode III as opposed to trying to cure cancer or whatever.


Perhaps theyr'e referring to the microkernel or client/server model?
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