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da Vinci and SGI Team Up to Deliver Real-Time DI Results

Completes testing of Resolve mastering suite and CXFS Shared Filesystem (February 21, 2006)

da Vinci and SGI today announced that the two companies have completed qualification testing of SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS on a SAN (storage area network) with da Vinci Systems' Resolve digital mastering suite. Designed to process extremely large files such as those used in DI processes, Resolve delivers exceptional workflow flexibility and performance fully realized with a high-performance network. The recently completed testing shows that SGI CXFS filesystem delivers the performance benchmarks to confirm that Resolve is able to run two streams of 2K data simultaneously in real time over a SAN using CXFS. SANs can be configured with CXFS to provide enough bandwidth to satisfy the needs of multiple Resolve systems as well as other editing, compositing, and creative tools in a facility.

"The kind of performance that our customers will be able to get out of their Resolve systems when operated with the CXFS SAN system is quite incredible," said Bill Robertson, vice president and general manager for da Vinci. "This level of performance is what everyone is looking for because anyone can process 2K files given enough time, but running two 2K streams at once in real time is phenomenal. The ability to run Resolve on the same network with a number of other editing and graphics workstations will provide invaluable workflow efficiencies."

CXFS enables multiple computers running different operating systems to directly access a single shared 64-bit file system within a SAN, allowing all systems in the environment to access the same file simultaneously at local or near-local disk speeds. CXFS improves data workflow by providing customers the performance and scalability of a SAN with the file sharing and connectivity of network-attached storage, addressing two fundamental challenges in data management: fast access to information and seamless integration of multiple operating systems.

"As SGI digital infrastructure solutions continue to become a standard in Hollywood and other digital cinema mastering locations around the world, SGI and our customers are very excited by the level of performance delivered by da Vinci Resolve, coupled with the SGI InfiniteStorage RM660 integrated with an SGI CXFS SAN," said Chris Golson, senior director, Media Industries, SGI.

Resolve is da Vinci's digital mastering suite, featuring da Vinci's Emmy Award-winning image enhancement expertise and familiar interface packaged with nonlinear conforming tools. It is designed specifically for the DI postproduction environment and utilizes a totally nonlinear approach that allows greater flexibility and speed while leveraging the power of da Vinci's well-known toolset. da Vinci's partnership with SGI and the CXFS system underscores how seamlessly Resolve's open architecture allows easy integration with other systems.

SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and DiscoveryT SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (OTC: SGID), is a leader in high-performance computing, visualization, and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering, and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at

About da Vinci Systems®, LLC
da Vinci Systems, a JDSU company, is the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products used in postproduction facilities worldwide. Incorporating the company's Emmy® Award-winning technology, da Vinci's products support SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film. Since the introduction of the company's first color corrector in 1984, da Vinci has been a front-runner in the field of image enhancement, shaping color enhancement into the vital role it holds in post production today. The company is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, France, Germany, and Singapore.

Learn more about da Vinci's Resolve and other image enhancement solutions at


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Related Keywords:da Vinci, SGI, Resolve, CXFS, InfiniteStorage, SAN, DI, editing, compositing, digital cinema, mastering, RM660,

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