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A few years ago the idea of accelerating a BlueArc filer would have seemed bizarre; it's got its own hardware acceleration. But now media special effects processing can be so mind-blowingly intensive that the hardware accelerated filer itself needs accelerating. The case that's illustrating this point is the new George Clooney …

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Anonymous Coward

Amazing, I didn't know Sandra Bullock was still making films....

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I think she's just CGI

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Pint

Russian dashcams in space -- the movie!

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Hope there's plenty of road rage to go with the crashes...

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Anonymous Coward

All that trouble

to correctly model the trajectories of various bits of colliding debris, and then they go and ruin it all by having sound propagate in a vacuum.

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Re: All that trouble

What vacuum? It looks like expanding gas, dust and debris (i.e an explosion)- the rest of the noise is screaming over the suit radio, and noise transmitted along the suit tether- in much the same the way as you can hear the cable of your earphones rubbing against your shirt.

There is a medium for sound to travel through. I don't expect the noise portrayed in this trailer is what people would hear in that situation, but nor would I expect it to be a silent experience.

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But....

Can it run Crysys with max settings?

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Re: But....

>Can it run Crysys with max settings?

I don't know about Crysis, but it looks like a crisis for the two astronauts concerned!

CrySys with two 'y's is something different again, but does have an IT angle: :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrySyS_Lab

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Wow

You mean that CGI effects are now so good that they make Sandra Bullock look like she can act?

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Re: Wow

Yes, but look at the amount of processing they had to throw at the problem to create that effect.

Presumably the next challenge is Kristen Stewart. They'll probably need vast amounts of DDR3 configured as ramdisks for that.

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Re: Wow

Maybe the important part is that she is filmed in 3D…?

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Alas, no, it's a conversion. (per realorfake3d.com, anyway.)

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Re: Wow

The ultimate challenge is of course, animating Keanu Reeves.

I think we've a few thousand iterations of moore's law (any relation to coleslaw?) before he will ever look real.

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Hosing down everything with cgi gets you very little

I saw Avatar and I saw the South Park movie. Guess which I liked much, much more than the other.

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"I saw Avatar and I saw the South Park movie. Guess which I liked much, much more than the other."

Not really a valid comparison, as they're completely different types of films, It's akin to saying that Citizen Kane is a classic, but I prefered Debbie Does Dallas

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Re: Hosing down everything with cgi gets you very little

Well, they are entirely different genres but I guess you watch such films for entertainment, that's what it's all about. By such measure I found one good, and the other a gaudy but vacuous shell. IMO of course.

Quick test: if you subtract the CGI from both films, what remains?

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Re: Hosing down everything with cgi gets you very little

Hilarious dialogue and a great musical score...

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Re: Hosing down everything with cgi gets you very little

I agree, Alan 6.

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Can someone point out

the impressive or challenging part of all that?

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Re: Can someone point out

Really dude, really?

I'm sure they would have utilized your services had they known you existed. Maybe you should change your career path and go into CGI since you are obviously profoundly talented in the field.

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Model

I know this is an IT site and all but I think it's a shame that movies have gotten away from building then exploding real models. There's real art involved and the model makers get respected for their craft whereas VFX staff are largely interchangeable, treated terribly and very rarely does anyone involved (even the VFX house) make any real money.

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Re: Model

So true. A tip of the hat to special affects pioneers like Ray Harryhausen.

(a pint since I don't wear hats and will raise a pint instead)

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All this....

....for a another pile of shit movie from Hollywood. We should have this kind of power for more interesting stuff like a James Burke Connections series. All in 3D of course.

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Re: All this....

or a CGI-resurrected Patrick Moore discussing toad sexing. The possibilities with dead celebrities are endless

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Anonymous Coward

"What do i do"... errr try & survive maybe?

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Happy

Last paragraph made me think of the old definition of an Engineer, someone who will design something that costs a 10p that any idiot could build for a £1.

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