"We have one primary application lead that works with Pixar's Render Man team and there are three or four helpers assisting who are in charge of changing firmware," Thomas Metzger, Intel HPC Solutions Architect told InformationWeek.
In addition to helping the Pixar
said a separate team of engineers works with Disney
on the studio side with data center optimization for distribution.Metzger
was not specific on the number of servers that Intel
supported for its "Ratatouille" endeavor, but did say that the development of the film eerily paralleled the launch of the latest Xeon dual core 6100 also known as Woodcrest. "We didn't schedule the Woodcrest release to match the film, but the timing of their refresh of their RenderMan software was close enough to our Woodcrest 6100 launch that we knew it was important to Pixar and their ability to do in that movie," Metzger said, adding that working with Pixar and Disney provided a perfect opportunity for Intel to test how well its Xeon would do in parallel processing work loads over multiple storage servers.