Devil and Demon announce a line of supercomputers launching at NAB 2014 that feature great computing muscle in small footprints.
The Devil & Demon Strategy announced the availability of super-computers for everyone. The new product line of custom-tuned Devil supercomputers and fast Demon workstations unleash unparalleled computing muscle in small footprints, with a breakthrough business model delivering flexible and cost-competitive purchasing options. Devil and Demon Strategy, will launch at NAB 2014, April 5-10 in Las Vegas, at booth #OE1358.
The Devil & Demon Strategy has launched at an historic time, when the motion picture and TV industries have become computer-centric, requiring more visual computing power and greater rendering speed than ever before. Currently, digital artists are limited to basic desktop computers and relegated to generic render blades.
Now, The Devil & Demon Strategy is focused on reshaping outdated models of computing in the media and entertainment industry, by democratizing the availability of ultra-high-powered computing, turning rendering hours into minutes, and making this power available to everyone.
Devils and Demons unlock the potential of faster, highly-focused technology, to aid the digital artist workflow by utilizing finely-tuned workstations and entertainment-focused distributed processing systems. They can process render- and graphic-intensive jobs in a fraction of the time of normal desktop and render solutions.
Devils and Demons run popular entertainment software, such as The Foundry’s Nuke, Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max and Revit, at unrivalled speed, compared to competing manufacturers. Yet they are priced to ensure users in post production, VFX, CGI, web and interactive media content creation stay at the competitive cutting-edge. First customers include YouTube, which is using a Demon to process the daily show YouTube Nation, shot in 4K with RED cameras, while Mocap vendor Motion Analysis has done extensive testing with the Demon DSPa.
“The Devil & Demon Strategy is a brand new way of thinking about computing at a time when content creation needs to manage and leverage big data files, such as 4K,” said Ted Schilowitz, president of The Devil & Demon Strategy. “The idea is to simplify what was hard and democratize the technology – to make super-fast computing available to everyone. Devils and Demons are better solutions for lots of small-to-medium-sized companies tackling a lot of large jobs. Our strategy enables them to spend money in the right place, on the most appropriate platform for their needs.”
Devil and Demon will debut at NAB 2014, with The Devil’s Playground mobile rig providing the backdrop, showcasing a variety of software running on Devil & Demon systems – including Autodesk’s VRed simulator, Chaos Group’s VRay RT and Digital Vision’s Nucoda, as well as Survios’ cutting-edge VR game Zombies On The Holodeck.
Devils & Demons are a family of pre-configured systems, powered with Micron components and AMD processing, and fit seamlessly into existing workflows. They are available in several “flavors” that maximise software performance through custom-configurations of processor speeds, core counts and CPU/GPUs.
“We realize, from our experience as artists and producers in the industry, that it’s often a waste of money to buy the same dual proc, multi-core system for every artist,” said John Parenteau, managing director of The Devil & Demon Strategy. “We build a single-processor, high-GHz model, not to be less expensive, but to offer a machine that works best with certain software, while also offering a high-core-count, dual-proc model when you really need it for other tasks.”
To ensure the computer’s data systems can keep pace with this processing capability, Devil and Demon systems harness high-performance Micron DRAM and solid-state drives (SSDs). The systems use Micron’s popular M500 and P420m SSDs to deliver fast data throughput that keeps pace with the needs of advanced rendering applications.
Demon boxes are fast standalone, desk-side workstations. For even higher performance, Demon artist stations can be easily connected to a Devil, and its multi-layer supercomputer design, in an ultra-fast Infiniband network. For artist work that is too complex even for a Demon, The Devil’s Advocate offers a single-layer, four-processor system with 64 cores, designed to supercharge time-consuming workstation tasks, such as simulations or lighting/shading.
The Demon DSPa, with a single-processor 4.7GHz AMD chip and eight cores, is ideal for software that doesn’t rely on a high core count, but loves a fast processor. Compositors, roto/paint artists and matte painters, using programs such as Nuke, Photoshop, and Silhouette, will find the DSPa is a higher performance system for their workflow.
The Demon DMPa, running dual 3.2 GHz AMD processors, and 16 cores, is better suited to software that needs a high core count, such as After Effects, Maya, and 3D Studio Max. For FX simulators and lighter/shaders, who find slow rendering or simulations a hindrance to their workflow, the Devil’s Advocate, with its 64-core, four-processor, 128GB RAM, is designed to give the artist interactivity previously unavailable.
Beyond this, the Devil delivers unique flexibility by providing fast-turnaround processing, multi-workstation emulation, a distributed processing render machine for huge renders, or a super fast ultra-blade system that out-performs standard blade render set-ups, turning rendering hours into minutes.
Source: Devil and Demon
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.