Friday Aug 31, 2007

Create your own movie at Network.com

Did you know that you can create your own movie at Network.com?

Yes, that's right! The popular frame rendering software, Blender, is currently available from Network.com Application Catalog. Blender offers full functionality for modeling, rendering, animation, post-production, creation and playback of interactive 3D content with the singular benefits of cross-platform operability and a download file size of less than 2.5MB.
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However, if you are not using Blender in a parallel computing environment, it takes literally hours to create the frames that will make up your movie. The version of Blender available from the Network.com Application Catalog can run simultaneously on multiple CPUs in the Sun Grid Compute Utility environment, so you get your frames rendered in orders of magnitude faster. And at $1/CPU-hr, it is very affordable not only for professional artists, but also to occasional hobbyists. Check it out to create 3D visualizations, stills as well as broadcast quality video at Network.com.

Tuesday Aug 21, 2007

Network.com is now available in the Netherlands


The on-demand pay-as-you-go Sun Grid Compute Utility service from Network.com is now available in the Netherlands. With this addition, Network.com grid service is currently available in 25 countries. We continue to see growth of the service since opening it up internationally in May 2007.

Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

How to use the Network.com Application Catalog


This flash video shows how easy it is to tap into Network.com's powerful and affordable compute resources and takes viewers through the process of selecting an application, creating and running a job, and downloading the results.

  View the Demo

Check out here on how to become a Sun Grid developer and here for becoming a Sun ISV partner for Network.com.

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

Brookhaven National Laboratory selects Network.com for its computational needs

For years science research labs and organizations have been researching, simulating and recreating phenomenon’s occurring in our world for environmental discovery, medical research, the history of our universe and human life. This research commands high power computing ability to run, analyze, and store such recreations and information.

Recently Sun Grid Compute Utility, a computing infrastructure that provides massive computational needs on an on-demand basis, has been powering the Brookhaven National Laboratory Solenoidal Tracker (STAR) project taking place at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Brookhaven National Laboratory has recently ported STARSIM, the mainstay simulation application for the STAR project, to the Solaris 10 OS to take advantage of the computational power provided by Sun Grid Compute Utility (available from Sun Microsystems' Network.com) and is approaching the next frontiers in their studies of the "perfect liquid" formed from nuclear matter under extreme conditions. The pay-as-you-use model offered by Sun Grid Compute Utility is helping move Brookhaven National Laboratory’s simulation effort forward efficiently and without any additional infrastructure investment.

Learn more about Sun Grid Compute Utility here.
Image from Brookhaven National Laboratory
(Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory)
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