SOURCE: Pipelinefx

June 20, 2005 09:00 ET

Pipelinefx Chooses IBM to Deliver On Demand Business Solutions to Meet Customer Needs

Flagship Product, qube! Remote Control™, Achieves ServerProven®

HONOLULU, HI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- Pipelinefx, the leading provider of enterprise server farm management software for 3D animation and interactive entertainment companies, today announced it has achieved optimized status in IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks program. As a result, Pipelinefx can help customers achieve higher productivity in the production of 3D content and game development for next generation platforms.

Pipelinefx flagship product, qube! Remote Control™ has also achieved IBM ServerProven®. This designation indicates that Pipelinefx has implemented software solutions on IBM hardware in a real world customer environment. In the case of Pipelinefx, the company's next generation software for managing thousands of complex 3D animation rendering jobs has been implemented on sixty dual processor IBM Blade servers known as eServer BladeCenter®. The solution implemented by the company allows film companies specializing in 3D animated movies, special effects and even computer games to maximize throughput and efficiency and get the most value from their hardware investment.

"A large number of servers used for rendering 3D animation jobs require a sophisticated interface for managing all the production resources of these integrated systems. A server with a system-level error or failure that is otherwise undetected by job queuing/batch processing software can create a bottleneck preventing other jobs in the queue from executing and retard overall system throughput. The company's software, qube! Remote Control™, will integrate both levels of control in one sophisticated application," according to Troy Brooks, Chief Technology Officer at Pipelinefx. The implementation that helped qualify Pipelinefx ServerProven® status was conducted for Mainframe Entertainment, one of Canada's leading 3D animation film companies known for a host of popular cartoons and animated projects. "This project will ultimately become the 137th largest supercomputer facility in the world," said Bill Spencer, CEO of Pipelinefx, "and demonstrates the scalability and sophistication of our next generation software solution for the digital media and interactive entertainment markets."

Pipelinefx's existing customer base includes industry leaders doing 3D animation, special effects and state-of-the-art computer games, such as Electronic Arts, the world's largest game company, Radical Entertainment, Mainframe Entertainment and Reel FX Creative Studios.

"Interactive entertainment and digital media are tremendous growth markets that hold great potential for Pipelinefx," according to Jeff Au, Managing Director of PacifiCap Group, Hawaii's largest venture capital firm and Pipelinefx venture capital investor. "Partnering with IBM is key to the company's commitment to providing the ultimate enterprise server farm management system for these fast growing markets."

The IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks provide independent software vendors (ISVs) with comprehensive go-to-market programs that are specifically tailored to their industry requirements. As part of the PartnerWorld Industry Networks, ISVs can team with IBM and bring joint solutions out to market faster and industry-by-industry, reflecting how customers are buying technology today. ISVs who achieve the optimized level have successfully enabled and validated their industry applications on IBM infrastructure software and hardware. ISVs can sign up for PartnerWorld Industry Networks at www.ibm.com/isv.

Built by industry professionals for the most demanding 3D animation and game production environments, qube! Remote Control™ is a next-generation enterprise class server farm management system built for environments as large 20 to 10,000 processors or more. qube! is highly customizable, extensively scalable and can be integrated into any production workflow. qube! operates in Red Hat® Linux®, Windows® XP, 2000 and 2003, and Mac OS® X environments. qube! comes with a Maya® job type that contains everything necessary to submit and execute batch Maya jobs. qube! supports Gelato™, Shake®, Softimage®, 3DS Max, mental ray® and many other 3D animation software applications.

About Pipelinefx:

Pipelinefx, with headquarters in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, and sales offices in Los Angeles, California, was founded in 2002 and markets its class leading software to the 3D animation, special effects, video and game markets worldwide.

© 2005 Pipelinefx, LLC.

Trademark Notice: Qube! Remote Control is a trademark of Pipelinefx, L.L.C. IBM, the IBM logo, ServerProven and BladeCenter are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation. NVIDIA, NVIDIA Quadro, and Gelato are registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac, Mac OS, and Shake are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple. Softimage is a trademark registered in the United States of Avid Technology, Inc. mental images and mental ray are registered trademarks of mental images GmbH, in the U.S.A. and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows NT are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Red Hat is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat and all Red Hat-based trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Maya is a registered trademark of Alias Systems All other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact Pipelinefx.

    Corporate Headquarters:

    Pipelinefx, L.L.C.
    1000 Bishop Street, Suite 606
    Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
    Contact: Bill Spencer, CEO
    Phone: 866.856.qube (7823)
    Fax: 808.440.5009
    Email: Email Contact