Silverdraft builds Hollywood supercomputer VFX lab

Silverdraft, specialist in supercomputing is creating a unique supercomputing lab in the heart of Hollywood to train the next generation of VFX and VR artists. Based out of historic Jim Henson Studios, The Silverdraft Center For Content Creation (SC3) will enable freelance artists, and creators of content, such as games, Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive cinema, to post-produce and render their projects using the fastest Supercomputing technology in the industry. The studio is facilitated with a 4K screening theatre, as well as multiple creative bays running professional systems for post-production and rendering workflows for 3D animation, VFX, DI and finishing, as well as VR content creation for platforms such as Oculus Rift. Silverdraft has been showcasing its next-generation custom-tuned Devil supercomputers and fast Demon workstations at NAB. Devils are scalable, supercomputing systems that deliver virtually unlimited compute power to performance-hungry applications in environments such as 3D, VFX, VR or science and engineering. Demons are desktop workstations that are optimized for specific applications. The Demon systems feature the same Intel E5 v3 processors and Micron DDR4 RAM and Storage as the Devil range.  The new Demon systems are 20 per cent faster and include single and multi-processor configurations in both a standard desktop form-factor, with eight PCIE slots (four of them x16), and a compact form factor that delivers the same performance as the previous generation but in half the footprint. Content creators will be given first-hand experience at SC3 with state-of-the-art workflow tools typically associated with high-end facilities. This will enhance the quality and production value of their projects and decrease turnaround times. The SC3 will also serve as a showcase for Silverdraft technologies, where artist feedback will go directly into the pipeline for future product development. Each of SC3’s creative bays will contain a combination of Silverdraft’s Devil and Demon supercomputers and workstations featuring, high-performance Micron components.