Linux and Scooby-Doo

One more on the ever-growing list of animated films using Linux opened this past weekend.
Angstrom Microsystems

Located in Boston, Angstrom Microsystems creates ultra-dense, high performance rackmount servers. "Our cooling and our quality are what make us unique", says president Lalit Jain. "We're moving heavily into the render market. Customers include Pixar and Rhythm & Hues". Angstom sold several thousand servers to Akamai last year for streaming web pages and internet video.

"The Quad2000 just released is the highest compute-density, four-processor rackmount available", says chief architect Ravi Soundararajan. "That uses the Athlon 2000+ rated for 2100. Angstrom does a lot of customized cooling, which is how we get to this density". Despite the density, the 4-CPU 1U system is air cooled.

Asked if Angstrom was considering low power chips for its servers, like the architecture of the Transmeta Green Destiny supercomputer, Jain says no. "Not the Transmeta Crusoe, but we scrapped a dual Mobile P3 design we were working on. It would have been four to ten times the price of a comparable P4 system and didn't save any power due to the added components."

Green Destiny is a 240-blade Beowolf cluster that operates air cooled in an 80-degree warehouse at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Linus Torvalds was among the luminaries at the unveiling in May 2002.) Soundararajan points out, "Angstrom servers can run reliably in 100-degree rooms." He also says that Angstrom servers are working perfectly in foreign countries where there is no A/C. Less air-conditioning also conserves machine room power, a difference felt not so much in power bills (electricity) but in avoiding the costs of building wiring and A/C upgrades (electricians).

Soundararajan says Angstrom has been working closely with AMD and ATI on a graphics bug related to AGP. "There's corruption of video and lockups. We've tested in-house on a number of different AMD boards with the 760 MPX chipset and all have the same problem." The Linux community has been discussing, on the Linux-smp list, a related bug that causes AGP data to be lost during SMP operations. (See the sidebar for more details.) Angstrom sent a machine with a reproducible bug configuration to AMD for testing. Angstrom testing is continuing with NVIDIA cards and Pentium motherboards; Soundararajan found that some of those machines are crashing similarly. Finding solutions to these sorts of problems is part of Angstrom's appeal over generic hardware.

The AMD AGP Linux Kernel Patch

"I think everything 32-bit will be replaced by 64-bit in a year and a half" says Jain, "and AMD will be phasing out 32-bit servers and desktops". AMD's 64-bit CPU is backwards compatible to run 32-bit applications, but temperatures tend to rise with performance. "If AMD continues increasing cooling requirements, we'll have to go to liquid cooling. We're looking at whole rack cooling with water." Angstrom is focusing on 64-bit systems and on software to manage clusters and network operations centers.

Conclusion

Film GIMP is the only open-source compositor used in feature motion picture work. Scooby-Doo is the latest motion picture to utilize Film GIMP, a list for Rhythm & Hues that includes Harry Potter, Cats & Dogs, Dr. Dolittle 2, Little Nicky, The Grinch, Sixth Day, Stuart Little and Planet of the Apes. While there may be some growing pains, the motion picture industry is finding Linux very much to its liking. Compatibility with proprietary UNIX-based studio applications, performance, cost and the Linux community's highly regarded responsiveness in correcting issues are all factors in this movement.

Robin Rowe is a partner in the motion picture technology company MovieEditor.com. He leads two users groups, LinuxMovies.org and OpenSourceProgrammers.org.

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wireless dog fence's picture

I love watching animated films.
wireless dog fence

girl that looks so wrong.

Anonymous's picture

girl that looks so wrong. pick a different pose please chicka. some young folks aren't gonna wanna see this (;

whatever

Anonymous's picture

ok listen who cares if old people dont want to see this because these showa are not fer old people they are fer kids so get over yourself

IM SCOOBY DOOS BIGGEST FAN :)

scooby

ana's picture

it's boring

i like wathing scooby doo my

Anonymous's picture

i like wathing scooby doo my name is shasha

scooby doo isnt all that grea

Anonymous's picture

scooby doo isnt all that great

kevin

Anonymous's picture

scooby doo is the best

you bet ya that scooby doo is

Anonymous's picture

you bet ya that scooby doo is the best

Yeah Scooby Doo is the best.

Lyndsey's picture

Yeah Scooby Doo is the best. I think they should have a homepage of just pictures of scooby

isabella

Anonymous's picture

scooby is the best dog and he is cute and he is a little crazy and shagy is a chicken and scoody to yeah so by.

thats right

Anonymous's picture

thats right

Scooby Doo/ Corty

Anonymous's picture

Both of the movies are awesome but the second one was better. Scooby is so cute but Fred is just hott!!

I relly liked the movie ar y

Chelsea Rose Walker's picture

I relly liked the movie ar you making another movieor not because the movie was funny.tell me more.

Re: Linux and Scooby-Doo

Anonymous's picture

i think you should have more Scooby-Doo photos of

Scooby-Doo because i was doing a assiment and i could not fine one photo just him to do it one him

Re: Linux and Scooby-Doo

Anonymous's picture

My name is Aria and I think your information about Scooby-Doo and Linux is fantastic! I've known Scooby sence I was two and I always read about him to know more about him. Now that I've seen this wonderfull pice of information it feels to me that I know almost everything about him,but I stil have a long way to go before I know everything about Scooby-Doo. I've heard "Scooby-Doo 2,Monsters Unleashed" is the second movie coming out March 2004,is that realy true?

Just feeling it's incredible.

Me.'s picture

Just feeling it's incredible...

I mean,

All this carefully crafted article about how Linux graphics stations and very advanced AMD computing rigs server the Hollywood requirements (almost everything open-source or in-house, BTW)...

...and almost all comments here are about "how kewl" is the scooby cartoon???

Well, I hope a lot of technically inclined people found good use out of this article, too... Just they didn't took the time to write a response...

Re: Linux and Scooby-Doo

Anonymous's picture

please have more of the series too!

Re: Linux and Scooby-Doo

Anonymous's picture

Have sense more of please too

Well sure, but..

scott's picture

Was Linux mentioned at all in that press release?

:-)

Scott

Re: Well sure, but..

Anonymous's picture

It's the power of Unix, what can I tell ya...

dgh

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Rooby Roo ris reh REATEST

Anonymous's picture

Rooby Roo ris reh REATEST rever!

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^^^Reah!!! he, he, he, he, he, he!

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