GridIron® Nucleo(TM) to Revolutionize Performance of Desktop Applications on Next Generation Computers
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Press release date: December 5, 2005
OTTAWA, Dec. 5 -- GridIron® Software today introduced GridIron Nucleo(TM), the first productivity enhancement tool for digital post-production that takes full advantage of new multi-processor and multi-core technology. Nucleo for Adobe® After Effects® unleashes creativity from the bottleneck of compute time, allowing rich motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, DVD and the Web, to be developed in less time, at less cost.
GridIron Nucleo delivers performance gains never before seen on a single workstation, allowing Adobe After Effects to run in parallel on new multi-core and multi-processor technology. This allows users to realize performance gains of up to 300 percent - effectively speeding up their render and preview activities. In the past, these types of performance gains have typically only been supported by methods such as grids, clusters and render farms, which are traditionally expensive to buy, build, and maintain.
Joost van der Hoeven of Animotion, an audio-visual design firm based in The Netherlands, said, "Using Nucleo for Adobe After Affects makes renders and previews much faster on the same dual processor machine, so I'm looking forward to the arrival of my new Quad. Nucleo's functionality allows me to preview and create more versions of a design or animation because now I can review the results so quickly, allowing me to be as creative as possible."
The GridIron Nucleo approach to parallelism is specifically designed to harness the power of multiple processors or multiple cores in a single computer. This revolutionary method bridges the widely acknowledged gap between software and hardware created by the innovation of multiple core processors from companies such as AMD, IBM and Intel.
This allows digital post-production professionals to fully utilize the power of their workstations to create motion graphics and visual effects through a seamless user experience that does not dramatically change workflow.
"The Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) and AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core processors have been designed specifically for intense software applications like those used in digital content creation," said Charlie Boswell, director of Digital Media and Entertainment for AMD. "Nucleo is a valuable enhancement that helps you fully experience the outstanding power and performance of AMD dual-core processors when rendering and previewing with After Effects."
"Nucleo optimizes Adobe After Effects to take advantage of new processor technology," said Simon Hayhurst, director of product management of Digital Video and Audio for Adobe. "GridIron's Nucleo makes it extremely easy for the most demanding Adobe After Effects users to achieve impressive performance gains, which allows our users to invest more time in their creative efforts and improve their bottom line."
Steve Forde, CEO of GridIron Software, said, "Adobe After Effects was the logical first choice to introduce Nucleo, given its status as the standard in visual effects and motion graphics, in addition to its extremely flexible architecture. GridIron Nucleo for Adobe After Effects represents the first of many incarnations of Nucleo parallelism in desktop applications because the innovation of multiple core processors is changing how people use computers. Nucleo is leading the market in helping customers realize this revolutionary change, and providing unmatched performance gains never seen before in this industry."
Pricing and Availability
GridIron Nucleo is priced at $149.95 (US) per computer and will be available for purchase and download at www.gridironxfactor.com/purchase in mid-December 2005. GridIron Nucleo supports all versions of Adobe After Effects version 6.5 and later on both Windows and Mac OS X.
ABOUT GRIDIRON SOFTWARE INCORPORATED
GridIron® is a software development company whose mission is to bring the power of high performance computing to the mainstream by making it profoundly simple to develop and use software applications with the added speed of parallel processing. GridIron products like GridIron Nucleo(TM), GridIron X-Factor(TM) for Adobe® After Effects® and GridIron X-Factor(TM) for Windows® Media Encoder® enable computationally intensive software applications to run faster on multiple CPUs, either provided by a single multi-processor or multi-core computer, or by multiple computers joined together in a network to create compute grids, clusters and render farms.
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