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Potentially interesting question...

Unread postby armoury » Tue Jun 17, 2003 5:58 am

I wonder which if any visual effects production houses are still using SGI hardware? With all the talk of people switching to linux it just makes me wonder... And if a lot of these places are getting rid of their SGI equipment, where's it going? <insert evil laughter here>


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Unread postby mr_ripley » Tue Jun 17, 2003 6:52 am

I believe most of the 'smaller' FX production houses are still using some SGI gear for modelling and perhaps compositing too, although Linux is being used for rendering, etc. When you think about it though most of the major FX houses must still be using IRIX machines, after all Flame and Inferno aren't available for any other platform (yet).

The old equipment is getting sold off! AFAIK Neko got his O2's from no other than ILM (gasp) who were selling their old SGI gear off for silly prices.

btw. ILM still uses some their Origins, although purely as NFS servers and not for rendering.


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Unread postby semi-fly » Tue Jun 17, 2003 7:02 am

Weta still uses sgi equipment.

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Unread postby Hakimoto » Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:08 am

Yeah, yeah, nice thing if you live in the States.... we poor Europeans have no such IILM to go and pick up some quality gear.

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Unread postby somecodemonkey » Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:23 am

no ILM but there are several universities in the UK who are getting rid of old sgis from cad design, geology and graphic design departments usually for nothing if you catch them in the right mood

Oxford don't have any sgis now apart from 3 320 visual workstations which supprisingly are never used.

Far as i can tell most of the boxes are Indigo 2's and an odd O2 or octane

Shame the people who get hold of them usually sell them at reseller prices or more usually since they have no idea what the older sgis are worth
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Unread postby semi-fly » Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:31 am

Detroit is pretty much the auto capitol of the US, so sgi equipment is widely used for CAD/automotive engineering etc.

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