February 8, 2008

Boxx Technologies Introduces renderBoxx 10200

Austin, Texas - Boxx Technologies Inc., maker of high-performance computing systems for visual effects (VFX) professionals, announced a new addition to the company’s renderBoxx series.
The new renderBoxx 10200 delivers distributed rendering performance and energy efficiency by leveraging best-of-breed Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 Series processor through Boxx’s Innovative Integration process—all in a dense form factor.  
“For VFX artists and architectural visualization professionals, rendering performance and power efficiency is the name of the game,” says Francois Wolf, director of marketing for BOXX Technologies. “It is a constant tug of war between the necessity to run a creative pipeline at maximum throughput, and the need to control power expenditures and minimize the footprint of the racks.”   
Each renderBoxx 10200 module is comprised of two nodes that include two processors each for a total of sixteen rendering cores per module. The renderBOXX 10200 modules are 4U tall, with five modules fitting in the width of a standard rack, providing 80 cores in the width of a standard rack or 800 cores in a full rack.
The modules are designed for scalability so that creative professionals can progressively build out rendering capacity while limiting the need for extra racks. Traditionally, render farms are known to use a great deal of power. But, renderBoxx 10200 uses high-efficiency power supplies and a unique energy-efficient cooling system that uses less power than the previous generation renderBoxx 10100.
The renderBoxx 10200 modules are controlled through IPMI 2.0 technology which allows render farm managers to manage their distributed rendering capacity from any computer connected by IP, regardless of the health or power state of individual nodes.   
RenderBoxx 10200 is available online or through a consultation with Boxx VFX experts for a starting price of $5805 per module containing two nodes and two Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors on each node.