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SGI and PipelineFX to Demonstrate Workflow-Ready Solution for Render Management at NAB 2007

(April 16, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-4-16--NEWS RELEASE 

SGI and PipelineFX to Demonstrate Workflow-Ready Solution for Render Management at NAB 2007

Honolulu, HI April 16, 2007 PipelineFX, makers of Qube! software, the leading render farm management software for film production, game development, and digital media education around the world, today announced that it will demonstrate Qube! 5.1 in partnership with SGI at NAB 2007.  The demonstrations will take place at Booth #SL4920 from April 16 to April 19, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  NAB is the world's largest electronic media Show that brings together more than 100,000 professionals and 1,400 exhibiting companies from around the world.

SGI and PipelineFX will be demonstrating the SGI Professional Services workflow-ready solution for render management system consisting of an SGI® Altix® XE-240 server as the render farm ?supervisor, the SGI® Altix® XE-210 servers as the ?workers and Qube! software running on BOXX and Apple G5 workstations.  This will also be the NAB debut of the SGI® Altix® XE-310 (quad core) servers at the show.  Based on an innovative new board design, the SGI Altix XE-310 supports up to 16 processor cores per 1U package, delivering industry-leading performance, density and cost efficiency. The Altix® XE-310 supports one or two dual-core or quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors, and up to 32 GB memory per node, making it an ideal render farm server.

?SGI is very pleased to launch the first SGI Professional Services Workflow-Ready Solution for Render Management with PipelineFX at NAB, says Louise Ledeen, Market Segment Manager, Digital Content Management and Media at SGI.  ?We're seeing lots of opportunities not only in the media markets, but in engineering analysis and bioinformatics as well.  Customers absolutely see the value of an integrated render management solution.  Qube! 5.1 interfaces seamlessly with the leading modeling and rendering applications, and now coupled with the Altix XE servers, we can offer a turn-key solution with price and performance that is exceptional, and the services that ensure that the render farm is online quickly.  The design goal was to create a great "out of the box" experience for the creative and technical users, as well as the IT department to make it easy to purchase, install, service and upgrade - and we're really excited that we've achieved that with PipelineFX.

PipelineFX will be showing the latest version of its software, Qube! 5.1, that comes with enhanced application support and industry-standard Python scripting, offering improved workflows and development productivity.

The new Qube! GUI includes:
 ?  fully python-scriptable interface that allows studios to customize it for their pipelines
 ?  streamlined layout designed to easily present key information to users and administrators
 ?  single window layout that removes need to navigate through multiple windows to find information
 ?  new panels:  "Farm-at-a-Glance" panel displays worker status summary for entire farm, "Output" panel displays output images from jobs,                        "Histogram" panel displays task/frame render times
 ?  enhanced and streamlined right-click menus that act on multiple workers/hosts, along with jobs and frames/tasks, and new "retry failed                        frames" menu to simplify this common action
 ?  submit dialogs that are now modal and use standard controls

"We are excited to show the power of Qube! running on the latest render farm hardware from SGI," said Troy Brooks, CEO of PipelineFX. "With 16 processor cores in a 1U form factor, SGI is delivering ultra-dense rendering power that can be managed by a single Qube! license, providing an extremely cost-effective rendering solution."


About Qube! and PipelineFX:  Qube! is the leading enterprise-class render farm management system for film and game production. Qube! is highly customizable, extensively scalable, can be integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by world-class technical support. Qube! has custom pipelines for creative applications like Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk Maya®, NUKE, SOFTIMAGE®|XSI®, Shake®, Adobe® After Effects® and many more. Qube! is IBM ServerProven®, and operates in Linux®, Windows® XP, 2000 and 2003, and Mac OS®X environments. PipelineFX, with headquarters in Honolulu, HI, and offices in San Francisco, CA and Vancouver, B.C. was founded in 2002. Qube! is used by world-class studios including South Park Studios, Electronic Arts, Buena Vista Games, DKP, ReelFX, Guava Graphics, and Radical Entertainment. Qube! is used by schools around the world including the School of Visual Arts in N.Y., Carleton School of Architecture, Full Sail in Florida, the University of Advancing Technology, Pratt Institute, and the University of Hawaii-Academy for Creative Media. For more information, please contact Troy Brooks, CEO of PipelineFX: [email protected], Phone: 866-856-7823, 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 606, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, USA, [email protected],
About SGI:  SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) is a leader in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a complete range of high-performance server and storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI solutions help customers solve their computing challenges whether it's enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and can be found on the Web at

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Trademark Notice:  Qube! and Qube! Remote Control are trademarks of PipelineFX, LLC.  SGI and Altix are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide.  Intel and Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.  ©2007 PipelineFX, L.L.C

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