Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

AMD basks in Hollywood's glow

Filed under
Hardware

Apple Mac computers, long the tool of choice for Hollywood's elite artists, were conspicuously absent during key parts of creating the special effects blockbuster Sin City and two cutting-edge films arriving later this year, Star Wars: Episode III and Stealth.

For a number of crucial creative tasks, A-list directors Robert Rodriguez, George Lucas and Rob Cohen relied on Windows computers running microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices. And DreamWorks Animation on Monday announced it had signed a three-year deal to use AMD computers to do films like Madagascar, coming out next month.

Cohen's Stealth, a $130 million air-battle epic coming this summer, is a case in point. Buzz has spread about composer Brian Transeau's use of six Windows AMD computers to run music software giving him real-time control of a 110-piece digital orchestra to score the movie.

A year ago no bank of computers, Windows or Mac, could do the job without repeatedly crashing, Transeau says. "AMD is untouchable," he says. "Applications run flawlessly and don't crash."

AMD's secret: its Opteron chip, designed to process data in chunks of 64 bits or 32 bits very efficiently. Since rolling out the Opteron in 2003, AMD has come on strong against longtime rival Intel by making it possible to do high-performance computing easily and cheaply.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Nvidia 361.45.11 Graphics Driver Released for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris Systems

Today, May 24, 2016, Nvidia released a new long-lived graphics drivers for Unix users, version 361.45.11, available now for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems. Read more Also: New NVIDIA 361 Linux Driver Released

Android Leftovers

NVIDIA vs. AMD OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmarks With Valve's Dota 2

Yesterday marked the public availability of Dota 2 with a Vulkan renderer after Valve had been showing it off for months. This is the second commercial Linux game (after The Talos Principle) to sport a Vulkan renderer and thus we were quite excited to see how this Dota 2 Vulkan DLC is performing for both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Here are our initial Dota 2 benchmarks with Vulkan as well as OpenGL for reference when using the latest Linux graphics drivers on Ubuntu. Read more

Why Hyperledger wants to be the ‘Linux of blockchain’

Blockchain technology offers many different benefits to enterprise developers — but there’s no cross-industry open standard for how to develop it. That makes it difficult for vendors and CIO customers to place their bets and begin building it into their technology architecture. Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation project to produce a standard open-source blockchain, wants to solve that problem, and it just got an executive director, Brian Behlendorf, to help it on its way. He founded the Apache Software Foundation, was previously on the board of the Mozilla Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and managed tech VC firm Mithril Capital Management. Read more