Gear6, targeted at accelerating storage for real-time application performance, has announced that Sony Pictures Imageworks is deploying its Cachefx scalable caching appliances to accelerate image rendering for digital film production. Imageworks selected the Gear6 centralized caching solution because it delivers I/O response times under one half of a millisecond for applications running on thousands of processors. The Gear6 solution also easily fits into the company’s existing environment.
Sony Pictures Imageworks is an Academy Award-winning digital production studio dedicated to the art of visual effects production and character animation
Imageworks needed a solution that supports a rendering application scaling across thousands of processors. Imageworks selected centralized storage caching from Gear6 to address IOPS and low-latency needs.
Cachefx appliances attach to the network, centralize cache resources in a pool of shared memory, and scale to terabyte levels. By delivering caching as a shared network service, data can be accessed simultaneously by thousands of clients with no modifications to existing applications, storage systems, or management software.
Deploying Gear6 was non-disruptive to Imageworks’ production process. Cachefx appliances do not require any changes to applications or storage and server hardware.