HPC Kung-fu ¡V NCHC 3D Animation Challenge
"HPC Kung-fu" is the 3D Animation Challenge organized by the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) in Taiwan. Target participants are students of university, college, or senior high/vocational school. The NCHC hopes to encourage students to use HPC on 3D animation and cultivate talents in domains of both technology and arts.
In the world of 3D animation film, rendering requires extremely large high-performance computing resources. For example, in the film “Avatar,” its required computing power reached 205 teraflops, which was comparable to the performance of the 30th super computer in the world (TOP500 ranking, November 2010). Therefore, NCHC has specially constructed Taiwan’s first shared rendering platform, and organized the HPC Kung-fu – NCHC 3D Animation Challenge, to inspire young students to work on 3D animation and learn how to use cluster computing for animation rendering. Students are also given opportunities to work closely with local and foreign experts, so that their professional ability may be enhanced and global awareness may be extended.
The “HPC Kung-fu – NCHC 3D Animation Challenge” officially commenced on May 2nd, with preliminary, semi-final, and final contests. The challenge will be open for registration on September 1st, and the final results of the competition will be declared in July 2012. For competition facilities, Taiwan’s first shared animation rendering platform, developed by the NCHC, will be open for competitors to use in November.
Winners will be awarded not only cash prizes, but also invited to participate in the HPC Kung-fu summer camp organized by the NCHC, so that they will have the opportunity to have conversation and to actually work with international film directors and animation experts. Selected works will also be exhibited at the 2012 SC International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.
For more information, please refer to: http://event.nchc.org.tw/2011/kungfu/index.php?CONTENT_ID=8