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Do you still deny the power of OpenSource?

January 22, 2010

Have you watched the movie Avatar? Or the movie District9? Let me tell you something which you might not know about the movies. Those movies and many other were rendered on a Ubuntu based server farm (specs and references later). If you are a hardcore Linux hater then I recommend not watching the movies, hehe! Don’t take it seriously go and watch the movies if you still haven’t because those movies might have not been possible without OpenSource and Linux.

From the Dustin’s blog post:

I just attended Paul Gunn‘s talk at LCA2010, entitled:

  • Challenges in Data Centre Growth (or, “You need how many processors to finish the movie???”)

Paul is a Systems Administrator at Weta Digital, a Wellywood digital effects studio here in Wellington, New Zealand. Check out some of the feature films that Weta Digital has worked on, and I think you’ll recognize a few. District9, Day the Earth Stood Still, Jumper, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Four, Eragon, X-Men, i-Robot. Wow!

Now you know what few other movies were also rendered using that Ubuntu server farm. Now lets get back to the specs of the server farm so you know what Linux is capable of. Weta Digital have 2Petabytes of diskarray, 10gbps of networking and 35,000 cores (4,000+ HP blades). Now you might be thinking that those movies might have taken couple of hours to be rendered on such huge setup? No those movies still took around 48 hours to be rendered on that setup. Did you see the benefits of using open source here? Not yet?

  • No Licensing cost for the OS
  • Free Support
  • No hardware requirements from vendor
  • Ability to modify the kernel as per the setup (if needed)

The above benefits are just few of the many that I could think of. There may be many more in the long run but you have got the idea! didn’t you? With proprietary software Licensing cost alone would have been more then the cost of setting up small OpenSource Lab. Then the additional support cost plus no ability to modify the kernel (if needed) to run efficiently in such a huge environment. And we all know how proprietary Operating system vendors provides you list of the hardware requirements when you tell them how big environment you are will to create.

Do you have any such OpenSource success stories? Or may be about Linux? Let us know.

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