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[News] GNU/Linux in Render Farms Gets More Energy-efficient

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PipelineFX And IBM Enable Power Savings On Linux-based Render Farms

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| PipelineFX's has integrated IBM's Extreme Cluster Administration Toolkit 
| (xCAT) server management framework into Qube! software to provide energy 
| efficiencies in Linux-based render farms.  


IBM urges virtualization for datacenters

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| The company was moved from 250 individual Linux servers to two IBM z/9 
| mainframes. Volkswagen went from 76 individual Linux servers down to six, 
| according to Armitage.  



IBM sees no alternative to Linux

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| Sutor also believes that the open operating system will make important
| environmental contributions, for example by reducing energy consumption
| through server consolidation, virtualisation, load balancing and more
| efficient resource management.



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest 
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask 
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have 
| to go with that.


Hollywood, Linux, and CinePaint at FOSDEM 2008

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| At first, studios had no choice but to develop Linux applications in house. 
| The film industry has millions of lines of Linux code, both desktop 
| applications and server pipelines. Studio Linux programmers write code in 
| C++, Python, Perl, and Java. What does all this secret proprietary Linux code 
| do? And, why do they do parallel programming with grid computing? How does 
| the film industry use renderfarms with thousands of CPUs?     



DreamWorks wins an award for its innovative use of Linux

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| Behind that effort sits Ed Leonard, chief technology officer at DreamWorks, 
| who has been recognized for his work with an Annie Award for "promoting the 
| Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software 
| development."   


Linux Goes Hollywood With New Terra Soft Film Rendering Tool

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| Y-Film is a product formed from two separate applications. The first is a 
| cluster construction suite supported by Terra Soft's Y-HPC platform. The 
| second is the Artist Productivity and Asset Management Tools developed by 
| Scott Frankel, president and VFX supervisor at Circle-S Studios and the lead 
| developer of Y-Film. The tool set runs on x86 Linux, Power Linux and Mac OS 
| X.     


Linux in Hollywood


Studios Using Linux

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|     * Digital Domain
|     * Disney
|     * Double Negative
|     * DreamWorks Animation
|     * Flash Film Works
|     * Hammerhead
|     * Industrial Light & Magic
|     * Moving Picture Company
|     * Pixar
|     * Rhythm & Hues
|     * Sony Pictures
|     * Tippett
|     * Weta Digital 


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.

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