SGI Visualisation Systems... Good for Maya and what else?
jplist2008 at kiwigeek.com
Wed Jan 7 15:02:49 CST 2009
On Wed, 7 Jan 2009, Jules Richardson wrote:
> JP Hindin wrote:
> > I have a small SGI collection (a dozen and counting, including the Onyx2,
> > Origin 2000 rack and rack Onyx 10000) and, to be honest, I mostly collect
> > them because... well, they look cool, and when I was in a position where I
> > couldn't collect (a. New Zealand, b. No space) I drooled over them.
> Weta Digital in NZ had *masses* of SGI kit - wandering around their machine
> room was fun. I wonder if it's still all there... probably been ditched for a
> load of PCs by now :-(
I lived about 5 minutes from Camperdown where Weta lived. (I actually
lived in the same suburb as Peter Jackson, so I saw him weekly at the
shops and stuff)
Curious you mention them. I only ever remember seeing O2s, Indigo2s and
similar (many moons ago, mind you). From recollection they only ever used
1U PCs for their renderwall. I'm sure that'd been replaced by blades now.
I don't remember seeing any big SGIs... but that is hardly conclusive.
> I'd love a big SGI - Indy/Indigo/4D machines seem reasonably plentiful (for
> purchase+shipping costs at least) but the big stuff seems pretty rare (&
> uneconomical to move long distances)
I'm unsure where you're at - but I picked all of mine up from the Boeing
surplus in Missouri. They're selling them cheaper than dirt... (how about
a pallet of four Onyx2 desksides for $25? Or an Origin3000 for $100?)
More information about the cctech