- A Rising Sun at NPS: Visualization with RenderMan on the "Hamming" Supercomputer
Jeffrey Weekley, NPS and Dr. Jeff Haferman, NPS
In early 2009, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) brought the 1152 core "hamming" Sun Microsystems blade system online. Concurrently, NPS procured
RenderMan software from Pixar Animation Studios.
In this presentation, we shall describe the hamming supercomputer, the Maya 3D modeling package with Pixar's RenderMan software - used by film studios
to develop popular animated feature films such as "Ratatouille" and "Up" and in visual effects for movies like "Where the Wild Things Are" - and how
NPS used them together to create realistic visualizations in a format suitable for projection on the NPS Sony 4K display and for ultra-high resolution
streaming media over CENIC networks. We shall also demonstrate how advances in Hollywood-style animation and post-production tools have benefited
researchers at NPS who are working on scientific visualization and streaming media in support of the School's academic and research missions.