HP and DreamWorks Bring Peabody & Sherman To Life


HP Converged infrastructure powered the 70 million render hours required to create the new DreamWorks movie “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” (Image: DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation (DWA) has once again collaborated with long time partner HP (HPQ) to produce the studio’s 28th animated movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman. DreamWorks relied on HP Converged Infrastructure, high performance workstations, printing and cloud to empower the innovative techniques used in making the film.

The making of Mr. Peabody & Sherman required more than 70 million render hours with servers processing an average of 500,000 render jobs per day. With 200 Terabytes of storage holding more than 800 million data files, animators processed 118,000 individual computer-generated frames and 250 billion pixels to create the 82 minute film. A total of 15 percent of the animation was rendered using the cloud.

“DreamWorks Animation’s long term relationship with HP has allowed us to spearhead the future of animated movie-making,” said Kate Swanborg, Head of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances. “HP’s Converged Infrastructure technologies enabled our artists and engineers to deliver a film with spectacular, cutting-edge visuals for audiences to enjoy.”

With studios in the U.S. and India DreamWorks used HP Z800 and Z820 high-performance workstations in conjunction with HP DreamColor professional monitors that support 1 billion active colors, as well as HP ProLiant servers and scalable converged storage featuring HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage. DreamWorks also relies exclusively on HP Networking to provide secure, 24/7 availability allowing creative teams to work from any location, on any movie, at any time.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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