February 26, '09; BANGALORE: The cutting edge animation and digital content creation (DCC) work at the Bangalore studios of Paprikas is done on a high performance computing cluster created by Hewlett Packard using 240 ProLiant BL460c server blades. The system which achieves a sustained performance that has been certified to be 13.159 teraflops ( 23 TF peak) is the most powerful inhouse computing facility available to an India-based DCC company. HP has also supplied units of its Dreamcolor monitors for color-critical professional work.
At a press meet Feb 26, Nandish Domlur Paprikas' founder-CEO said the company housed in a 100,000 sq foot studio in the International Tech Park in Bangalore was able to significantly scale up its operations, slated to grow at over 30 percent year on year, without increasing its power budget, thanks to HP's green data centre technologies. A partner of the Hollywood based DreamWorks studio, thanks to its Thomson/ Technicolor linkages, Paprika is emerging as a key production centre for DreamWorks complementing facilities in California.
The HP system , basically a Linux machine, also works with Windows to facilitate common tooling with the US end. Rajesh Dhar, Director, Industry standard servers, HP India explained that the Paprika system was one of the 8 super computers in the global Top 500 ( last ranked, Nov 2008) -- six of these are HP systems.