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Fusion-io card frees up computing bottlenecks

April 13, 2012
Fusion-io card frees up computing bottlenecks
SALT LAKE CITY – Fusion-io (www.fusionio.com/ioFX) is bringing the power of its ioMemory technology to visual effects professionals via Fusion ioFX. Designed to eliminate data bottlenecks that slow the creative production process, the 420 GB Fusion ioFX card connects via the PCI Express bus to provide low-latency data performance tuned for manipulating digital content on the fly. 

With the ioFX, professionals can now view changes in realtime, even when working with high resolution stereoscopic content. The ioFX is also designed to accelerate video playback and rendering, video and image editing and compositing, encoding and transcoding as well as other data-intensive activities. 

The Fusion ioSphere management system included with the ioFX allows studio IT managers to monitor and manage all Fusion ioMemory products deployed throughout the infrastructure from a single interface, including Fusion ioFX in workstations and Fusion ioDrives in servers. The ioSphere system delivers performance monitoring and reporting, live performance metrics, alerts and more to ensure production continues running smoothly.

“Whether working on shots in a large studio, boutique or as an independent artist, there has long been a performance gap that limits how well even the most cutting edge applications can perform in professional workstations,” explains Vincent Brisebois, Fusion-io performance computing industry senior director. “Not too long ago, performance like this would have been cost prohibitive for boutique studios or independent artists. With the ioFX, artists now have a powerful tool to unlock creative possibilities in their workstation, and industry leading software developers can finally deliver impressive new features that were not previously possible.”

The solution can be quickly deployed and delivers up to 1.5 GB/s bandwidth with sub-millisecond sustained access latency. Fusion’s ioMemory products are being used by Pixomondo, which recently won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for their work on Hugo.

At NAB, Fusion ioFX will have its technology at the booths of Adobe, Assimilate, Nvidia, Sony Creative Software, The Foundry and Qube Cinema. The company will also host a video production contest on May 31, allowing artists to tell their stories. Participants can create :60 shorts incorporating footage posted on the Fusion ioFX Facebook page. Prizes include a Red Scarlet camera, Adobe Creative Suite software, and Fusion ioFX. 

The Fusion ioFX will be available from Fusion-io and select resellers in late Spring at a list price of $2,495, which includes a one-year support contract.