DreamWorks Animation taps HP technology for The Croods

Infotech Lead Asia: DreamWorks Animation has selected HP to deliver the technology behind the new film called The Croods

The Croods will be released on Friday.

DreamWorks Animation leveraged HP’s technical resources to create the advanced graphics for the family comedy.

The studio used HP Converged Infrastructure — servers, storage, networking, services, management software and workstations, as well as HP printers and digital rendering — to meet artistic demands, said HP in a statement.

“Cutting-edge digital manufacturing requires a huge amount of compute power and orchestrated collaboration across our studios,” said Derek Chan, head, Technology Global Operations, DreamWorks Animation.

The production of “The Croods” required more than 80 million render hours to generate visual images from 3D models.

To bring to life characters, DreamWorks Animation relied on HP ProLiant servers and HP Enterprise Services in render farms across four geographic locations—Glendale and Redwood City, Calif.; Las Vegas; and Bangalore, India.

High-performance, compute power delivered by HP solutions enabled DreamWorks Animation to render the large amount of data required to produce the film.

Additionally, HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server blades provided the studio with more than 40 percent higher throughput, and improved performance by more than 42 percent per watt compared to previous generations. As a result, the studio increased render capabilities to an average of 500,000 jobs a day.

To create the exotic creatures and intricate landscapes that the Crood family encounters, DreamWorks Animation artists used HP’s ultimate workstations, the HP Z820 and Z800.

Featuring dual Intel Xeon processors, the HP Z820 Workstation is up to 50 percent faster than its predecessor, allowing artists to work on large, complex scenes across multiple shots, characters and films in an interactive environment.

HP Z800 Workstations were used in the new DreamWorks Animation state-of-the-art recording studio to capture the imaginative inventions of Guy and the warm laughter of Gran.

HP’s Remote Graphics Software allowed artists across studios in Glendale, Redwood City and Bangalore to collaborate in real time on a single desktop display.

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