By Lionel Gibbons | September 19, 2014 | HPC
Roughly 10 percent of the overall HPC server business comes from the media and entertainment industry, according to a recent report from HPC Wire. However, with increased ability and expectations placed on the realism of film animations, the industry is in a quandary as to how to manage and afford the technology that is required for animations when it is only needed for short periods of time.
Several studios have obtained their own data centers in order to handle the massive amount of information needed for their animated films, the article stated. Others have formed special relationships with cloud service providers. Nearly all of them rely on customized workflow and management in order to render the complex animation elements. The industry as a whole could hardly be considered in the forefront of the latest HPC advancements, but are -- instead -- considered "vanilla" users who mostly stick to what they know and focus on the power and workload facets of the technology.
The secret, the article states, lies in how companies find the right balance between cloud use, management framework, and the most efficient way to move and handle the data. The way to achieving that, however, seems far more complex for the industry than any one answer can provide.
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