The Dark Knight: It’s all HPC, Guys


As reported on Slashdot and Film&Video, Warner Brothers Studios have made a major step forward into HPC with the production of The Dark Knight:
“With most of the film shot with IMAX cameras (producing a theoretical resolution of 18k), the studios could not handle the size. Instead, they cut the resolution by more than half, down to 8K, the maximum resolution for scanned film. ‘A single 8K frame requires 200 MB of data,’ Franklin says. ‘So we had to upgrade our whole infrastructure. We needed faster network speeds to move data around, massively beefed up servers, and — the most important thing — a new compositing solution.’ To give you an idea of how far technology has taken us: ‘In 1999, when we worked on Pitch Black [released in 2000], we needed to access 2 TB of data,’ Franklin says. ‘This show used over 100 TB of data.'”
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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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