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Ohio State Graduate Program Standardizes on NVIDIA Graphics


Premier Program Teaches Film Production for Animation and Visual Effects

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Charlie Rasch  
NVIDIA Corporation 
(408) 486-8236

Victoria Ellwood
OSU College of the Arts
(614) 292-6299 


SANTA CLARA, CA—SEPTEMBER 10, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that The Ohio State University Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) has standardized on NVIDIA professional graphics solutions. NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 workstation graphics solutions help students at ACCAD, one of the nation’s most respected graduate-level computer graphics and animation programs, learn principals of film production for animation and visual effects including modeling, animation, shading, and lighting.

“We selected NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics not just because they are the best solution for academic settings, but because they are the gold standard in professional film making,” said Maria Palazzi, director of ACCAD at Ohio State. “We attract the country’s best students and we use the best technology to maximize their educational experience and better prepare them for the future.”

Alumni from ACCAD have helped make films such as Ice Age, Toy Story II, and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and work at major studios worldwide including Disney, Industrial Light + Magic, Blue Sky Studios, and Dreamworks/PDI.

“Hardware acceleration throughout the film pipeline via programmable NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics allows our students to spend time improving their work interactively rather than waiting for rendering processes to end,” said Matt Lewis, graphics research specialist at ACCAD.

The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University is an international leader in sophisticated computing and visualization technology, including groundbreaking computer animation and graphics. Established in the 1970s, ACCAD is an interdisciplinary center merging scientific investigation with aesthetic ideals, and provides leadership in computer technology to support research in the arts and sciences.  Projects are partnered with visual and performing artists, designers, art historians and critics, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medical professionals and international businesses. Graduates who have studied at ACCAD have significantly impacted the U.S. film industry in the area of special effects and computer animation. See

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