CoreWeave acquires Conductor Technologies for cloud-based GPUs for media and entertainment

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CoreWeave acquired Conductor Technologies to serve special effects (VFX) companies with cloud-based graphics processing technologies.

CoreWeave said the deal will enable the media and entertainment industry to access the industry’s fastest and most flexible cloud infrastructure with easy-to-use, intuitive workflows for rendering graphic images at scale.

The acquisition allows CoreWeave to expand its suite of solutions and capabilities for VFX and animation studios to integrate cloud workloads with ease.

With the addition of Conductor Technologies, CoreWeave will have 95 employees, with Conductor Technologies CEO Mac Moore now heading CoreWeave’s media and entertainment division under the leadership of CoreWeave CEO Michael Intrator.

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The combined companies said they could take the stress out of the setup process for customers. Augmenting existing functionality, Conductor customers will further benefit from solutions including access to a wide range of Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs).

“Demand for cloud-based GPU resources for VFX rendering and animation projects has skyrocketed, while persistent supply chain challenges impede access to compute. CoreWeave offers the specialized resources our customers rely on at scale, expanding the options for studios and artists to render work quickly and efficiently,” Moore said in a statement. “So far, we’ve focused our development on alleviating pain points specifically in content production with the artist in mind, and we’re excited to extend Conductor’s functionality to also benefit CoreWeave customers in high-performance computing workloads, including AI and ML.”

CoreWeave is now helping modernize VFX and rendering workflows as one of its core offerings—providing flexible on-demand artist workstations, virtually unlimited rendering capacity, and network-connected storage. Customers can take advantage of NVIDIA GPUs and CPUs that are highly optimized for rendering, on demand and at scale. Modular solutions in the VFX pipeline provide flexibility, scalability and an intuitive path to migrate to the cloud.

“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more efficient way to access cloud-based resources than Conductor. With intuitive orchestration across compute options and application license management, it removes the headaches associated with cloud deployment. We are excited to bring the Conductor team and development resources under the CoreWeave banner as we collaborate with the common goal of helping shape the future of cloud-based technology,” Intrator said in a statement.

CoreWeave is a dedicated cloud provider providing massive scale GPU computing resources in addition to a fast and flexible infrastructure. CoreWeave builds cloud solutions for compute-intensive use cases — VFX and rendering, machine learning and AI, batch processing and Pixel Streaming — that are up to 35 times faster and 80 percent cheaper than large, aggregated public clouds, the company said .

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