Kantana makes a green movie with IBM high-performance computing

Published on 27 Oct 2011

The IBM iDataPlex solution puts us on the same level as animation studios on the other side of the world.

Auchuara Kijkanjanas, managing director, Kantana Animation Studios

Customer
Kantana Animation Studios

Industry
Media and Entertainment

Deployment country
Thailand

Overview

Kantana Animation Studios, based in Bangkok, Thailand, is making a new animated feature about global warming. Called Eco Planet, the film is set to be the first stereoscopic animated feature in Southeast Asia.

Business need
To meet the studio’s goals for the film, Kantana needed an energy-efficient, high-performance computing platform that would help accelerate development.

Solution
Working with IBM, Kantana Animation Studios implemented a 36-node IBM® System x® iDataPlex® system running the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series. With high energy efficiency and a small data center footprint, the iDataPlex solution enables the studio to leverage green computing to make a film about preserving the environment.

Benefits
The IBM solution enables animators to render frames two to three times faster, reduces power and cooling costs by half, and provides massive scalability without disrupting operations.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
General Parallel File System

Hardware
System x: iDataPlex dx360 M3

Solution
Technical Computing, Energy Efficiency, General Parallel File System (GPFS)

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