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Monday, September 21 • 8:30am - 9:20am
Implications of Emerging Storage Technologies on Massive Scale Simulation Based Visual Effects

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As the feature film industry moves towards higher resolution frames sizes from 4K to 8K and beyond, physically based visual effects such as smoke, fire, water, explosions, etc. demand higher resolution simulation grids. A common rule of thumb for final renders is that one voxel is utilized per pixel. Thus a 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) frame may require simulation on a massive sized grid, resulting in significant compute and I/O costs. The result leads to unacceptable turn-around times and increased production costs. This presentation will overview the tools, production pipeline and production relevant open source and proprietary physical simulation software utilized by major feature film studios to create blockbuster or “tent pole” productions.

Aclectic Systems Inc. (Acletic) is developing ColossusTM, a custom hardware / software integrated solution to dramatically speed up massive scale physically based visual effects. To achieve our performance goals, Aclectic is taking a systems approach which accelerates simulation, volume rendering and I/O. This presentation will overview the tools, production pipeline and production relevant open source software utilized by major feature film studios. Throughout, a discussion will be intertwined about how emerging storage technologies such as FLASH, NVMe and NVMe over Fabric could play a part in a future integrated solution used to lower production costs.

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Yahya H. Mirza

Aclectic Systems Inc
Yahya H. Mirza’s original background was aeronautical engineering, specializing in hypersonic aircraft design and scramjet propulsion. Yahya was initially employed by Battelle Research Labs. His experience at NASA Ames in 1989 simulating the hypersonic aerodynamics of Waveriders on the Cray-YMP, brought him to an important realization. A clear need exists for integrated software tools that enables creative exploration, utilizing a combination... Read More →


Monday September 21, 2015 8:30am - 9:20am
Cypress Room

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