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SE3D User Study
Barfield, Lon; Belrose, Guillaume; Hawkes, Rycharde; Toft, Peter; Geelhoed, Erik
Keyword(s): user studies; user interface design; utility computing; market-based resource allocation; 3D animation; CGI rendering; SE3D
Abstract: This study made a large amount of remote, computer- processing power (the HP Labs Utility Rendering Service) available to a group of animators to support each of them in the creation of a computer-graphics short film for the SE3D showcase. This event was organized by HP Labs in collaboration with Autodesk and the Watershed Media Centre based in Bristol (UK). Animators were required to continually bid for computing power using tokens in an online market place. At peak demand times the resources became more expensive. Different market mechanisms were used and data was recorded about the animators' interactions with both the markets and the rendering service in general. Towards the end of the experiment, interviews were carried out with the users and their responses are summarised in this document.
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