Google announced today a partnership with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony's visual effects and animation studio, to launch OpenCue, an open source rendering manager. OpenCue does not support any of the actual rendering processes, but it provides all the tools to break down these different steps, and then to plan and manage the different rendering jobs on large rendering farms, both local and in the cloud.
Of course, Google wants to integrate these workloads into its cloud and has made concerted efforts to integrate Hollywood studios into its cloud platform. This included the launch of its Los Angeles cloud region last year, as well as the acquisition of the Zync cloud rendering engine in 2014. Google was also a founding member of the Academy Software Foundation, an open source foundation that focuses specifically on development tools. the film industry. Sony Pictures Entertainment / Imageworks was not a founding member, but joined it a few months after the launch of the foundation.
Memory 3 was actually Imageworks' internal queue system, at least 15 years old. Google has collaborated with the company to open the system, which Google and Imageworks have scaled up to 150,000 cores.
"As content production continues to accelerate around the world, visual effects studios are increasingly turning to the cloud to meet the demand for high-quality content," says Google Product Manager Todd Prives , in the announcement of the day. "While on-site rendering farms are still widely used, the scalability and security offered by the cloud provides studios with the tools they need to adapt to today's fast and current global production schedules."
It should be noted that this is not Sony's first foray into open source. Previously, the company had also opened sources and contributed to tools such as OpenColorIO and Alembic.