Photo rights of the Minions above belong to Illumination Entertainment
My version of just a few of the interesting requirements for "Despicable Me" studio's data center :
- Performance - 12 months of 3D animation rendering (500,000 frames per week)
- Collaboration - 330 person team with demanding workloads
- No space in existing data center
- Limited budget for power and cooling costs
- Expandable yet temporary
- Reliability and redundancy...downtime means delays in movie release ($millions$)
Sounds like a lot of customers...well maybe not the temporary part.
Excerpt from Yahoo Finance article: "Hollywood's Latest 3-D Animation Film 'Despicable Me' Advances Smarter Movie Production With IBM"
"Illumination Entertainment collaborated with Mac Guff Ligne, a Paris-based digital production studio, to complete the 12 months of intensive graphics and 3-D animation rendering, amounting to up to 500,000 frames per week. To complete the project, the team needed to quickly design and build a dedicated server farm capable of meeting these demanding workloads across its 330 person team of artists, producers and support staff. The production team also needed a space efficient, IT solution that was easy to configure, manage and expand. To avoid the potentially high air conditioning costs associated with operating a data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the company also wanted an energy efficient technology platform.
Illumination tapped IBM and its Paris-based Business Partner Serviware to build a server farm based on IBM's iDataPlex system. With this system's efficient design and flexible configuration, the company was able to meet the intense computing requirements for the film and save room by doubling the number of systems that can run in a single IBM rack. The entire space used to house the data center amounted to four parking spots in the garage of the production facility, about half of what had initially been allotted. The studio's iDataPlex solution included IBM's innovative Rear Door Heat eXchanger, a water-cooled door that allows the system to run with no air conditioning required, saving up to 40% of the power used in typical server configurations. Overall, the installation included 6,500 processor cores."
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