HP and Dragon Training

How to Train Your Dragon, from DreamWorks Pictures opened on Friday and promptly blew fire over most of the competition. Numerous outlets reported the film was Number 1 at the box office this past weekend, despite somewhat slower ticket sales than expected.

In case those HP commercials featuring New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby (perhaps most well-known in this country for his role on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) have somehow managed to escape your attention, HP partnered with DreamWorks to enable those pesky flying reptiles to soar off the screen and into your tub of popcorn.

HP points out that the film used an arsenal of their equipment, including ProLiant servers, DreamColor displays, Z800 Workstations, and other items.

That horsepower was sorely needed to meet the demands of the 3D film. As a comparison, 2001’s Shrek required more than 6 terabytes of data and nearly 5 million render hours. How to Train Your Dragon needed more than 100 terabytes of data and more than 50 million render hours.