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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Using Supercomputers to Create Magic : HPC in Animation

SESSION: Graphics and Visualization Technologies

EVENT TYPE: HPC Interconnections, Broader Engagement

TIME: 4:00PM - 4:30PM


Presenter(s):Rasmus Tamstorf


Creating the magic in an animated feature film from Disney today requires many millions of CPU hours. Historically the clusters used to perform these computations have ranked highly on Top500, and these systems share many characteristics with traditional HPC systems. Yet, animation provides unique challenges due to the diversity of workloads. In this talk I will first give an overview of the many compute challenges in an animation production system. Then I'll look in more detail at a physically based simulation system for computing soft tissue deformation. By using a number of techniques from HPC this system is able to provide near realtime feedback to artists. Providing such fast feedback can be transformative for the creative process, but requires strong scaling of the underlying algorithm and system. Many other problems can potentially benefit from such a transformation which makes animation and 3D graphics an exciting domain for developing HPC algorithms.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Ritu Arora (Chair) - Texas Advanced Computing Center

Rasmus Tamstorf - Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Research

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