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“Arts Enlighten Technology, Technology Drives Arts.” This famous remark of John Alan Lasseter, the founder of Pixar and winner of two Academy Awards, mirrored the importance of technology in 3D animated films. Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's most expensive 3D animated feature film, has featured exquisite production that is beyond compare in many aspects in China’s animation sector. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations were the powerhouses behind the creative, with integrated solutions from front-end visual design to back-end rendering. At the eve of the launch of Dragon Nest: Rise of Black Dragon, we paid a visit to Mili Pictures’ production base in Suzhou to explore the “birth of the dragon”.     Witnessing the production of every scene Dragon Nest's production was created using the highest standard of workstations in China’s animated film sector. Different movies (even different scenes of one movie) have different requirements for workstations. Moreover, art and image design, scene design, special effects production and composition also have different requirements for workstations. ThinkStation provides solutions for all these different needs. For instance, art work and other early stage departments don’t have a high requirement for hardware, but they need to be incredibly stable. To cater to such a need, Lenovo provided E31 ThinkStation workstations. The animation...

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If you use CAD/CAE or just creative applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstations, and if there is a real timetable you should follow?  If so, here are four things to consider: 1) Design and creation activities are critical to your success, they represent your competitive advantage. This starts with you, the engineer and/or creative person who conceive the idea and the design. In addition, it includes the methods you use to design it, the software you use and the hardware that runs the software. Also very important, is how fast you design and create, as you can’t afford to get behind the competition, or miss a critical due date. All these things combine to give you a creative and innovative competitive edge. Both creation and schedules are two critical elements of your success. 2) Nothing is stagnant in this world, and this is true for the world of design and creativity. For example, new features are constantly being added to your design and the design is being shared in new ways using software like Product Life Cycle Management. Designers learn more from organizations like manufacturing and adapt their designs according to the latest technology trends available. In addition, the software they use changes, new revisions come out, new fixes and even additional software features to take into account. Designers want to know more about their design decisions and attach histories and notes to the design files. All of...

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As some of you may recall, last year I wrote an article on how the ThinkStation group had worked to achieve various application certifications to support upstream exploration workflows in the Oil & Gas industry.  Well, today, I’m proud to announce that this month we will be exhibiting our full line of professional ThinkStation desktop workstations, ThinkPad mobile workstations and solutions capabilities at the 76th Annual European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) conference in Amsterdam.  Since 1951, EAGE has brought together the very best in commercial scientific practices, academic research and new technology to help drive innovation and efficiencies in Oil & Gas and Near Surface Geosciences.  EAGE draws nearly 7,000 commercial and academic professionals from around the world to discuss and promote new advancements in geophysics, petroleum and reservoir engineering, mining and civil engineering methodologies.  So what might one expect to see from Lenovo at EAGE? Well, in addition to getting a glimpse of the newly designed P300, Lenovo’s latest and newly redesigned entry level workstation, showgoers will have an opportunity to experience a wide range of new and exciting technologies.  Attendees will get a look at Lenovo’s new fully virtualized and GRID enabled workstation, designed to support even the most robust and demanding 3D visualization requirements.  Powered by Citrix and...

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for a workstation PC within the Media and Entertainment industry is trying to keep up with the ever-evolving technology trends.  Many of these trends were on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas; and they are shaping the way professionals do their work.  I want to highlight four specific technologies and the impact they are having on workflows. Thunderbolt 2 I/O At last year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event, Intel® announced   Thunderbolt™ 2, the latest version of its Thunderbolt technology, with a bandwidth increase of up to 20Gb/s.  At this year’s NAB show, Intel takes Thunderbolt 2 capability even further, with the addition of Thunderbolt™Networking, a new and exciting way to directly connect computers together with a standard Thunderbolt cable.  Thunderbolt supported workstation-class systems are emerging. Workstation vendors are now introducing Thunderbolt as a standard I/O config. Lenovo has started shipping its ThinkPad W540 with a Thunderbolt port. We can expect Lenovo desktop workstations with Thunderbolt in the near future. Industry veteran, Gary Adcock, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) for USA Networks’ new television series Sirens, goes further stating: “Thunderbolt 2 has fundamentally changed both our Production and Post workflows, while allowing us to perform the most data intensive...

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While watching The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights — or anytime day or night on TBS for that matter — I wondered why the show makes me laugh. I truly enjoy the geek speak, but it’s the personalities of the characters that really drive the series’ success. Removing any one of the characters would drastically change the show, and possibly its overall success. Is there a Big Bang Theory without Sheldon? Or a Modern Family without Cam? Or even a Seinfeld without Kramer? (I shudder at the thought!) Just as keeping the cast intact is important to a show’s success, keeping your data intact is paramount to the success of your business or your personal life. How many of us are cluelessly computing away, blissfully ignorant of the “what-if” scenario. What if my hard drive fails? What if my year-long project report is corrupted? What if the world never knew, “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock” for crying out loud!??  I, too, have been a victim of this disaster. My home computer’s hard drive wouldn’t boot, no matter what I tried to do. The issue was a bad physical sector — a dead hard drive in laymen’s terms. All of the information on that drive was gone; music, pictures, tax returns, financial statements, you know the typical stuff we don’t want prying eyes to see. There are few things worse than the empty feeling you get when your data has evaporated. The personal loss was so...

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