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The Ideal Design Studio: Showcasing the Remote Artist Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2021 7:51:42 AM / by Alex Kline posted in AWS, cloud, VFX, Media & Entertainment, Studio in the Cloud, M&E, Design Studio, Cloud Computing, Game Dev

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This is blog and vlog (see video below) is the second post/episode in a series focused on the Media and Entertainment industry called Defining the Ideal Design Studio for Game and VFX Artists. In the previous post we introduced the concept of  the "Artist Experience."

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The Ideal Design Studio for Game & VFX Artists: Defining the Workspace

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 3, 2021 10:30:52 AM / by Doug Goldenberg and Alex Kline posted in VFX, Media & Entertainment, Studio in the Cloud, Remote Work, M&E, Design Studio, Cloud Computing, Game Dev

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As the first in our series about Creating the Ideal Studio for Artists in Media and Entertainment, let's start by defining the ideal remote "Artist Experience" for Gaming and VFX artists.

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World’s First Brain-Inspired AI Inferencing Chip Taped Out on the Azure Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2021 1:15:48 PM / by Six Nines staff posted in HPC, EDA, Azure

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An Ambitious Start-up Leans Heavy Into the Azure Cloud to Prototype a First-of-its-Kind Semiconductor

Startups with big, complex visions that require large amounts of computing muscle face significant challenges at their outset: “how do we build the environment needed to turn our vision into a reality?” Ambitious tasks, such as modeling a silicon-ready prototype for a new type of inferencing chip, are no small feat. Innovation like this requires HPC-level computing resources used by a team of people working in concert. With responsibilities and deadlines mapped out, everyone is racing against the clock to get the new technology built and out to the market as quickly as possible. Where computing is concerned, everything simply needs to work.

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Two Successful AWS VFX Pilots Demonstrate the Potential of Cloud-Based Render Farms and Workstations

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 27, 2021 2:32:00 PM / by Six Nines staff posted in application, cloud cio, DevOps, VFX, Media & Entertainment, Studio in the Cloud

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A small studio in Minnesota and a large one in India realize the performance and flexibility of Amazon Web Services solutions

Given all the compute resources required for visual effects (VFX) work, studios face a tricky balancing act; they need to stay up to date on the latest technologies and ensure they have enough resources available for workload spikes while keeping costs in check. When relying solely on local workstations and servers, it’s not easy. Especially when there is business growth on the horizon or the marketplace suddenly shifts, as it has with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Faster COVID-19 Terminology and Healthcare Data Solution Aided by Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) Move to AWS Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 13, 2020 8:52:12 AM / by Six Nines staff posted in application, cloud cio, DevOps, Healthcare

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IMO quickly develops normalization product with COVID-related datasets after moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud with support from Six Nines IT.

Health care providers in clinical settings rely on electronic health record (EHR) systems to aid them in patient record keeping and patient billing. An important part of the billing process involves the use of clinical interface terminology applications that provide medical dictionaries which automatically tie to the correct billing code. During the COVID pandemic, health care providers must have access to accurate COVID-related datasets, terminology, and billing codes.

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Tutorial: Getting started with a ML training model using AWS & PyTorch

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2020 7:52:39 AM / by Matthew Brucker posted in amazon, machine learning

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How to choose the right AWS GPU capable EC2 Instances and launch your first machine learning project for that instance type

The benefits of machine learning (ML) are becoming more easily accessible as an increasing array of tools are becoming available that shorten the onramp for the eager masses who are ready to leverage it for their own projects. The challenge, as it frequently is with new technology, is where to start and how to do so effectively without hitting dead-ends that create unnecessary frustration.

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Weather model migration shows the potential of non-traditional HPC workloads on AWS

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2020 7:15:00 AM / by Six Nines staff posted in cloud cio, DevOps, Financial, HPC

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When it comes to moving tightly coupled high performance computing (HPC) workloads to the cloud, many organizations have been skeptical about its benefits. After all, messaging bottlenecks and scalability challenges have long overshadowed cost and flexibility related benefits of cloud deployments. Some challenges of moving HPC workloads to the cloud that have made organizations slow to migrate in the past have included:

  • Slow, high-latency interconnects
  • Long job queues
  • High virtualization overhead and poor isolation from other workloads
  • Data staging challenges and costs (getting large data sets into and out of the cloud)
  • Moving from always-on, multi-user batch environments to on-demand cloud resources
  • On-prem clusters becoming obsolete or poorly utilized
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Media & Entertainment: Jump Starting Your Studio's Journey in the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2019 12:42:03 PM / by Six Nines posted in AWS, webinar, partner, VFX, Media & Entertainment

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Each year the biggest names in media and entertainment converge at the AWS M&E Symposium in Los Angeles - AWS’s biggest Media & Entertainment event of the year - to address the latest innovations impacting content from creation to consumption. On June 16th, we had the pleasure of joining our partners AWS Thinkbox, Qumulo and Teradici at this year’s Symposium to showcase how studios can produce and deliver better content in less time using virtual workstations and render farms in AWS.

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Six Nines to Showcase AWS-Powered HPC at ISC 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2019 10:53:37 AM / by Six Nines staff posted in HPC, ISC

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At ISC High Performance 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, Six Nines will be showcasing its HPC solutions for Amazon Web Services (AWS). During the event, Jason Cutrer, founder and CEO of Six Nines, will present and participate on a panel discussion hosted by Intel. Both sessions will explore how cloud computing helps the HPC community surmount the world’s most complex design, engineering and scientific challenges.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 End of Support

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2019 11:11:37 AM / by Six Nines posted in AWS, Cloud Adoption, Windows, APN, Premier, amazon

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On July 9th, Microsoft will end support for SQL Server 2008. That means the countdown is on with a little over one month left on the clock before regular security updates end and organizations running these workloads will be exposed to possible cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end with SQL Server 2008.  In January, Windows Server 2008 will reach end of support (EOS). Like death and taxes, EOS is inevitable for almost all software products, which is why it’s smart to start assessing your ongoing risk from product retirement.

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