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Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service

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  • by i kan reed (749298) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @11:47AM (#47766337) Homepage Journal

    I mean... they're just white and a little self-shadowed.

  • What are they (Zinc) providing that is not just computing power? Custom interfaces?
    Why would Google be interested in such thing?

    • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @11:50AM (#47766377) Homepage Journal

      What are they (Zinc) providing that is not just computing power? Custom interfaces?
      Why would Google be interested in such thing?

      Customers, perhaps? Maybe Google needs better relations with the movie industry. Being a service provide is one inroad.

    • Seems to me they are providing a very specialized form of computing power - one that Google's current cloud services don't offer. I guess Google could have built this service themselves, but I'm sure it was more cost-effective to simply acquire an existing service and integrate it into their platform. Put another way, Zync just got Borged. (much to the delight of Zync's owners I'm sure)
    • by Richy_T (111409)

      Haha. Remember when Microsoft would go around buying everyone up to lock customers in to using their software and services and we hated them for it?

    • by mspohr (589790)

      TFA said that Zync has rendering software. Google has computers. Perfect match.
      Rendering software has many applications... try to think for a minute and I'm sure you'll come up with something.

    • by Thagg (9904)

      It turns out that the software used in VFX rendering is pretty darn expensive. Licenses of RenderMan, for example, were several thousand dollars a node (RenderMan just lowered their prices, it's true). Nuke, Maya, and other tools were similarly expensive.

      The companies that created the software typically wouldn't consider licensing on shorter terms than six months; which made scaling up for a big movie very expensive. Zync managed to negotiate deals that would allow them to license software on an hourly b

  • Thank goodness I still live in a world of telephones, car batteries, handguns, and many other things made of zync!

  • Maybe Google with all their wealth should have their oil paintings done by some Dutch Master.
    Although ... --- come to to think of it -- what should be in it?

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