The technology behind animated movies such as The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille, and Monsters Inc. is fully compatible with 64-bit Windows. SIGGRAPH 2008 acted as the stage where Pixar celebrated none other than the 20-year anniversary of RenderMan, and introduced RenderMan Pro Server 14.0. Planned for availability in the fall of 2008, version 14.0 brings to the table full compatibility with both 64-bit Windows Vista desktop and 64-bit Windows HPC Server 2008. George Lucas revealed that what had once been nothing more than an “interesting artistic exercise” has evolved over the years into “an indispensable tool.”
Todd Needham, Senior PM in HPC applauded the relationship between Microsoft and Pixar, indicating its importance when it comes down to offering the resources necessary to customers to take their creativity to the next level. According to Needham, “RenderMan is the gold standard,” from the software development kit to the new custom tools. And with version 14.0 available it is also possible that x64 Windows Vista or Windows HPC Server 2008 could play a role in the next Academy Awards-worthy animation.