The AMPD team has over two decades of experience in technology solutions for animation studios and VFX production houses around the world. We supply high-performance computing solutions for the studio, and in the data centre, as well as AMPD Connect solutions to connect the two locations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BESPOKE APPROACH TO EACH CUSTOMER'S NEEDS
AMPD's approach is collaborative and not prescriptive. Rather than offering a selection of pre-baked solutions, our team engages with you to understand your current technology and infrastructure, analyze how your infrastructure will scale, and then suggest ways in which it can be optimized from a performance, efficiency, and cost of ownership standpoint. We bring in expertise from our range of partner vendors to construct solutions to match the needs of your studio, your pipeline, your game, or your project.
AMPD REMOTE RENDER CASE STUDY
As Bardel continues to grow and take on larger projects such as The Dragon Prince, they needed to increase the speed and efficiency of their render capacity. With their previous render farm, Legaspi was frustrated that they seemed to always be needing additional quantities of servers to cope with demand and were consistently exceeding their render budget, not only in the cost of compute, but also when it came to having artists waiting for hours for render jobs to be completed. “We were paying artists overtime to sit around because our render farm wasn't able to deliver when they needed it,” says Legaspi.
Bardel investigated several alternative render solutions, but using AMPD’s Remote Render solution, powered by AMD EPYC processors offered the most efficient and flexible way to secure the render capabilities they needed. With AMPD’s long-term knowledge and experience in the digital media industry, the company was able to create an innovative, tailor-made solution for Bardel.
Case Study Highlights:
The AMD EPYC processors-powered compute nodes have 1.5 to 2 times the processing power compared with Bardel’s previous render solution. Bardel saves four minutes per scene and can complete hundreds of scenes per day, saving weeks of rendering time. Bardel receives consistent ‘time to results’ every time. For example, artists have an increased level of confidence that all work queued to render overnight will be completed by morning, with no requirement to stay after hours and ‘babysit’ the farm.
Independent of the performance increase, Bardel is seeing reduced costs with servers provided and hosted by AMPD compared to the rendering solution they used prior to their upgrade.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CASE STUDY PDF: https://ampd.tech/site/assets/files/2019/amd_ampd_bardel_case_study_-_september-_2020.pdf?5eztm
TWO DECADES OF EXPERIENCE
AMPD has its origins in a company called 'Seven Group', started by Anthony Brown in 2000 as a high-performance computing solutions integrator. Between 2004 and 2011, Seven Group developed a laser-sharp focus on solutions for games and digital media studios, enjoying a great reputation and dominant market share across Canada, North America, and other parts of the world with leading games and digital media companies. In 2011, Seven Group was acquired by Infinite Game Publishing Inc. where the team successfully published and launched AAA online game titles including MechWarrior Online (Piranha). AMPD was founded in 2015 to combine the strengths of Seven Group and IGP to offer bespoke, next-generation compute and cloud solutions for the studio, the data centre, and hybrid, 'infrastructure-less' environments.
Using the latest servers, switches, firewalls, and storage arrays, AMPD overcomes the limitations of commodity cloud architecture. We offer dedicated bare metal solutions, as well as private and public cloud offerings utilizing the same high-performance, sector-targeted architecture and specifications.
Our solutions are deployed within urban environments, cutting down latency by reducing the physical distance between users and servers. 5G and edge computing are two inextricably linked technologies: they are both poised to significantly improve the performance of applications and enable huge amounts of data to be processed in real-time. 5G increases speeds by up to ten times that of 4G but that really only makes sense if the underlying computer systems to which 5G connects are also upgraded and closer to those 5G users.
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