25 million: The number of CPU hours it took to make DreamWorks' latest computer graphics film, "Kung Fu Panda," which debuted June 6. "Kung Fu Panda" was created in a three-dimensional-like style and took about three years to make. That compares to about 5 million CPU hours and four years to make the original "Shrek" (2001), which was the last of the 8-terabyte movies. CG movies now commonly take more than 40TB of storage.
Although all of the data storage markets (disk, tape, online, personal, business, and so on) continue to grow at astounding rates, none is growing as quickly as the very specialized video storage sector, where heavy digital lifting abounds. Companies such as Isilon, BlueArc, Spinnaker/NetApp, IBRIX, Hewlett-Packard, Sun StorageTek, Thomson/Grass Valley, ProMax Systems, G-Tech, Pinnacle and MedeaVideo use either Linux clusters or their own homemade operating systems to move huge amounts of raw digital film data from the artist to the producer--and often several times back and forth until the scene is completed. Here are 10 of the most amazing numbers involving this busy sector.
Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz