Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by skimber, Aug 5, 2002.
Sorry if this has been posted before, but it made a sad techie like me laugh...
Am I sad for knowing what SGI stands for and for having used O2s in the past?
Hey! Some of my best friends are wombles! Well, back in the 70's they were.
Only if you do not mind being known as a geek (I too know the answers but always tell people I meet I am a 'revolving door salesman' to avoid having to disclose this information )
I am using this forum on an dual R10K Octane.
Estimated cost when new about 80K not including software!
I think these days they go for about 5K on ebay!
Thought it was CGI?
SGI stands for Silicon Graphics Inc. They are a company that manufacture high-performance graphics/multimedia workstations that are used widely within the special effects industry (and elsewhere). They look gorgeous, e.g. here's an O2:
and here's an Octane2:
CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery which is just an acronym for describing the special effects.
So, SGI leads to CGI
How much are these SGI boxes?
CGI is Computer Generated I.....erm....something or other....
Varies widely according to the box and spec you go for. As a guide just convert the prices here to GBP and add on VAT (plus a little bit more): http://www.reputable.com/sgilist.html. Resellers' prices are very much negotiable as well.
Imagery. Look just above Spectre's post
C'mon skimber what's wrong with wombles, they're just doing their job!
To be honest they've had their day certainly in the visual effects arena. I've used dual xeon based linux boxes with 2GBram and a terrabyte of fast raid diskpace and its about 6times quicker than my faithful SGI for about 1/2 the price. The Octane and SGI network is very very stable though in comparrison to the linux farm.
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