AMD Athlon™ MP Processors Used In The Production Of Scooby-Doo
—AMD and Angstrom Microsystems help Rhythm & Hues bring television’s longest-running cartoon to the big screen—
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its collaboration with Angstrom Microsystems and Rhythm & Hues in the production of the Warner Bros. film, Scooby-Doo. Rhythm & Hues employed 42 dual processor-based Angstrom Microsystems servers, powered by high-performance AMD Athlon™ MP processors 1800+, in the render farm used in the production of the movie. In addition, Rhythm & Hues benefited from the reliability and stability of the 25 dual AMD Athlon MP processor-based Angstrom Racer500 graphic workstations that brought Scooby-Doo to life.
Rhythm & Hues, one of the largest privately held visual effects houses in North America, is responsible for creating a computer-generated Scooby, as well as other special effects and integrating them into the live-action movie.
The power and performance of AMD Athlon processor-based systems benefits a full range of customers- from the most demanding visual-effects artists creating visually rich special effects for motion pictures, to individual users editing home movies.
“The dynamic combination of tremendous floating point performance, which is essential to rendering, and substantial productivity make Angstrom’s AMD Athlon MP processor-based systems the clear choice for us,” said Mark Brown, vice president of technology for Rhythm & Hues. “Simply stated, these systems performed flawlessly.”
“The quality of each and every generated pixel is important to our rendering customers,” said Lalit Jain, Chief Executive Officer of Angstrom Microsystems. “The AMD Athlon MP processor-based Racer500 enabled Rhythm & Hues to render Scooby-Doo in record time.”
“The stability, reliability and outstanding performance of the AMD Athlon MP processor technology can allow companies such as Rhythm & Hues, as well as those in all other compute-intensive enterprises, to realize a significant return on investment,” said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD’s Computation Products Group. “As we continue to focus on meeting the needs of our highly innovative customers, we expect AMD’s current and eighth-generation technologies to be a powerful tool in the creation of even more movie magic.”
About the AMD Athlon™ MP Processor
The AMD Athlon MP processor is a seventh-generation x86 processor designed for high-performance multiprocessing servers and workstations.
A key advantage of AMD’s multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology, which greatly enhances overall platform performance by increasing data movement between the two CPUs, chipset and memory system. Smart MP technology features dual point-to-point, high-speed 266MHz system buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC) support designed to provide up to 2.1GB per second per CPU of bus bandwidth in a dual-processor system. Smart MP technology also has an optimized Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI) cache coherency protocol that manages data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing environment.
The AMD Athlon MP processor features the patented QuantiSpeed™ architecture, which includes a high performance full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined superscalar floating point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation Look-aside Buffer (TLB). The processor also incorporates 3DNow!ä Professional technology, which has 51 new instructions that extend AMD’s 3DNow!
technology, enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.
The AMD Athlon MP processor is compatible with AMD’s stable Socket A infrastructure, and supports DDR memory technology.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
Angstrom Microsystems (www.angstrom.com
) is a provider of leading-edge rackmount server solutions. Angstrom’s industry proven track record of quality and cluster management software enable it to deploy high volume of high-performance solutions worldwide. Angstrom maintains its high level of quality through industry leading cooling solutions designed for flawless 24x7 operations. Founded in 2000 by MIT graduates, Angstrom is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Angstrom Racer500 is a high performance 1U and 2U rackmount product line built for computationally-intensive rendering applications such as Maya and Renderman.
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