Fusion-io is a Utah-based firm specializing in (among other things) high speed storage, like the ioDrive and insanely fast ioDrive Duo (1.5GB/s read/write speeds, 250,000+ IOPS). Nvidia's bread and butter is graphics chips. These two tech giants are teaming up, along with Tweak Software and Thinkbox Software, to collaborate on entertainment production and are showing off their joint talents at Siggraph 2011 by demonstrating full resolution, real-time digital content creation.
"Entertainment artists who use Fusion's ioMemory technologies can now spend more time creating and less time waiting for content to load, playback and render," said Vincent Brisebois, Fusion-io Product Manager. "Multiple SSDs configured in a RAID can provide basic throughput, but struggle to provide the low latency required for delivering interactivity in powerful content creation applications. By working with our innovative partners Nvidia, Thinkbox Software and Tweak Software, we are helping studios and artists unlock their creativity. Now, not only can artists do more faster, but with the flexibility offered by Fusion-io and our partners, studios can focus on the artistry that separates good from great."
To show the potential of this multi-company partnership, the companies put up a massive video wall with 12 simultaneous Full HD (1080p) uncompressed video feeds at Siggraph using Fusion's ioMemory technology combined with an Nvidia QuadroPlex 7000 Visual Computing System. The effort was intended to demonstrate "how to enable real-time color correction and processing of a dozen simultaneous uncompressed HD video streams -- without being bottlenecked by disk speeds."
And before anyone asks, the answer is no, it's not intended to run Crysis, though it could probably beam a bunch of uncompressed Crysis game play videos at the same time.