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HP Technology Behind "The Croods"

F.Y. Teng | March 27, 2013
HP ProLiant servers and HP Enterprise Services were instrumental during production of the animated comedy.

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s latest animated movie about a prehistoric family "The Croods" was put together using HP technology, announced the vendor on Monday (March 25, 2013).

"HP Converged Infrastructure, comprising servers, storage, networking, services, management software and workstations, as well as HP printers and digital rendering, provided the seamless, high-performance foundation needed to meet the studio's artistic demands," said the vendor's executives in a statement to the press on Monday.

Also on hand to comment was the Head of Technology Global Operations at DreamWorks Animation, Derek Chan. "Cutting-edge digital manufacturing requires a huge amount of compute power and orchestrated collaboration across our studios," he said. "HP Converged Infrastructure ensures that our filmmakers have the technical resources they require to bring their creative vision to life and deliver amazing films to our audiences."

Specifically, production of the movie "required more than 80 million render hours to generate visual images from 3-D models" for which DreamWorks Animation's various teams had to use the high-performance computing (HPC) power of four render farms (one each in Bangalore, Karnataka, India and Las Vegas, Nevada, the US, and two more in California, the US) built with HP ProLiant servers and running with HP Enterprise Services. As for the creation of characters and scenes in the movie, artists at DreamWorks Animation used the HP Z800 and Z820, sometimes together in real time, collaborating on scenes, across geographically dispersed studios with HP's Remote Graphics Software.


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