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Primeur live 2011-06-21

Blog

Some insights in the TOP500 ...

Hardware

Petaflop/s: The why, the how and the what for? ...

Applications

Russia accelerates scientific innovation with GPU supercomputers ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland ...

TOP500

Tera 100 once again crowned as Europe's most powerful supercomputer ...

The Grid

RealityServer: A powerful platform for 3D visualization and rendering now accessible in the Cloud ...

You ask "What Cloud?" It's Enterprise IT! ...

Company news

NetApp bolsters management capabilities, provides common foundation for enterprise customers' private, public, and hybrid Clouds ...

Bull announces the creation of BUX, the Bull User group for eXtreme Computing ...

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 shipping with support for CUDA 4, ScaleMP, SLURM, LSF and enhanced multi-cluster management ...

Experts from Russia and EU collaborate on HOPSA; a new project to boost the performance of supercomputers ...

Companies at ISC'11 exhibition show media the innovations they've got in store for user ...

Xyratex exhibiting at International Supercomputing Conference 2011 ...

Supermicro showcases portfolio of HPC optimized solutions at ISC'11 ...

Mellanox FDR InfiniBand selected to deliver PetaScale performance for Europe’s fastest supercomputer ...

NetApp E5400 meets extreme customer demands in high-performance environments ...

VMware introduces vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and Cloud environments ...

RealityServer: A powerful platform for 3D visualization and rendering now accessible in the Cloud

21 Jun 2011 Hamburg - In the Tuesday morning session on "Cloud Computing and HPC", Tom-Michael Thamm from mental images described the company's RealityServer Service in the Cloud. mental images is a rendering company which has been on the market for 25 years. Their focus, based on an OEM model, is aimed at rendering for industrial companies interested in simulation. Since 2007, mental images is wholly owned by NVIDIA. mental ray is the company's major product, together with 3D visualization component software and mental mill, a shading application. mental images is working for companies such as Autodesk, Dassault and PTC.

The RealityServer is a scalable platform, which is component-based. The distributed computing environment is called DICE and is developed for scalability. The multicast based-clustering methodology is unique with self-forming clusters, so no configuration is required. It is a master-less architecture which means that all nodes can be head nodes. RealityServer includes also a configurable fault tolerance.

On top of DICE, a framework has been installed with integrated new rendering modes. There are multiple rendering modes supported, including OpenGL, rasterizer, iray, and sketch renderer.

The native web service provides access to high end renderers through Web Service commands. The code can be in the language of the customer's choice and support of standard protocols is being provided.

The RealityServer offers code in the language of the customer's choice as well. It provides thin-client support for tablets and smart phones, with HTTP connection. There is a standard browser support via Flash or Silverlight and application logic on client side is provided.

The RealityServer has web-based on-line product configurations, such as the car configurator and the furniture configurator. MyDeco.com is the UK's first 3D interior Design Portal which can be customized completely.

The RealityServer is also used as a huge data visualization tool in oil and gas and for cosmology modes. Here, solutions for petabytes are necessary.

For the local industrial design review, the RealityServer is used in Japan by an automotive manufacturer, where it has been integrated in the review pipeline.

Customers are spread all over the world but connected to the RealityServer which is interactive and collaborative. Customers have realtime access anywhere while the RealityServer is running on a cluster in Berlin.

Tom-Michael Tamm introduced 3ds max and RealityServer as the company's latest project. It is a 3D Cloud render service integrated in 3ds max for Autodesk/Amazon/NVIDIA. The single host is equipped with 2 Xenos (2 quad cores) with 22 GB RAM and 2 NVIDIA GPU's. A sufficient number of hosts exist and it is a highly elastic model.

Leslie Versweyveld

Back to Table of contents

Primeur live 2011-06-21

Blog

Some insights in the TOP500 ...

Hardware

Petaflop/s: The why, the how and the what for? ...

Applications

Russia accelerates scientific innovation with GPU supercomputers ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland ...

TOP500

Tera 100 once again crowned as Europe's most powerful supercomputer ...

The Grid

RealityServer: A powerful platform for 3D visualization and rendering now accessible in the Cloud ...

You ask "What Cloud?" It's Enterprise IT! ...

Company news

NetApp bolsters management capabilities, provides common foundation for enterprise customers' private, public, and hybrid Clouds ...

Bull announces the creation of BUX, the Bull User group for eXtreme Computing ...

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 shipping with support for CUDA 4, ScaleMP, SLURM, LSF and enhanced multi-cluster management ...

Experts from Russia and EU collaborate on HOPSA; a new project to boost the performance of supercomputers ...

Companies at ISC'11 exhibition show media the innovations they've got in store for user ...

Xyratex exhibiting at International Supercomputing Conference 2011 ...

Supermicro showcases portfolio of HPC optimized solutions at ISC'11 ...

Mellanox FDR InfiniBand selected to deliver PetaScale performance for Europe’s fastest supercomputer ...

NetApp E5400 meets extreme customer demands in high-performance environments ...

VMware introduces vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and Cloud environments ...