Google went one step further in his mission to improve his infrastructure in the cloud. The company made an agreement with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch OpenCue, a open source visualization manager who strives to facilitate the work of Hollywood studios and production houses.

OpenCue is the enhanced version of Cue 3, an internal platform of Sony Pictures, which manages animation projects and special effects. According to the company Mountain View, the hybrid solution has 150,000 cores distributed on Sony's physical farms and in the Google Cloud, enough power to streamline the work of major productions.

OpenCue is a strategy interesting from the technological position your platform Google Cloud Services, The manager can separate the request for rendering of individual tasks in order to rationalize the process and distribute resources better.

The manager is installed on the artist's computer and allows visualization from your 3D application and managing pending tasks through a user interface. OpenCue is not renderedis just a manager who sends tasks to a farm, a cloud, or a hybrid solution that distributes them in the best possible way.

OpenCue can be downloaded from GitHub and has documentation to get started.

Cloud as an alternative to artists

Cloud services are becoming more widespread. The advantage of this is this the artist does not depend on his computer to execute the renderAn example of this is Autodesk, which has built-in cloud service in applications such as Maya or 3DS Max.

The user send the render from his computer and pay with credits depending on the complexity of the workThis makes the task easier as the computer is free to continue using it.

Google has a platform called Zync Render with a format similar to Autodesk, and compatible with almost all programs used in the entertainment industry.

To get an idea of ​​the time it takes to preview a movie, we can look at the Pixar data. The Monsters University used a 24,000-pixar Pixar supercomputer, for The completion of each photo of the movie takes 29 hoursIf we take into account that every second has 24 frames, we can make bills.

Technology has grown significantly in five years. Rendering farms move away from the processors and choose a solution with multiple GPUs which perform the job more efficiently with lower energy consumption.

NVIDIA has also seen the opportunity in this segment and launched its plan to offer its Tesla-based data centers for artificial intelligence, research and entertainment.