Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) have released their jointly developed, open sourse project Alembic 1.5. The new tool facilitates the sharing of animation and visual effects scenes across multiple software applications and includes new support for multi-threading, which, along with other new features, results in significant performance and efficiency improvements for all users.
“In furthering the development of Alembic, our efforts this past year have focused on improving performance,” says Rob Bredow, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Imageworks. “With this new release, data sets are smaller; they are faster to read and write. The architectural changes we have made to support multi-threading are especially significant. Users can ask more questions and get answers faster.”