Rain Raises the Bar on Audio/Visual Computing - Page 4
7) How did Rain get started? Did you build the 1st prototype in your basement or garage or similar Bill Gates like story?
I ran into Bill a few times while I was still with my band, Cecilia. We were with Atlantic Records and they had us running all over place to play and record. Whenever we were on the East Coast, Bill would stop by. We kept in touch and years later I looked him up with the idea that I might like to put my resources into a technology company along with my oldest and best friend, Keith, whom I'd known since 2nd grade. The rest is history.
Rain was a dream that transcended technology from the start. Rain has always been an ideal; a better way to get creative. The technology was always in service of that, not the other way around. That said, early prototypes and even the models from our first year of production were designed and built in Bill's basement. There's always a basement or garage in these stories, right?
8) Why AMD?
AMD has actually been disappearing from our lineup for a while now. In the earlier days it really seemed like they were intent on differentiating themselves from Intel by creating a counter culture the way Apple did against IBM. And that gave way to a very fruitful relationship between our two companies.
As time wore on, their priorities changed and we began to part ways as Intel's technology and marketing message became all-encompassing.
Today all but one line (Event A2 – http://raincomputers.com/event-a2) is powered by Intel. AMD seems to be heading directly for handheld mobile technology which we don't yet produce. But you never know when things will come around again.
9) A dual quadcore seems to be about the fastest currently available, along with a max of 64GB RAM. How does this computer with the best Apple has to offer? Can more than one Rain be chained together? Are there plans for more than 8 core and/or 64GB RAM?
Actually, we offer a model called Element V2 (http://raincomputers.com/element-v2) available with two 8-core processors for a total of 16 cores (or 32 cores if you count virtual processors available through Hyper Threading technology). This model is also available with 96GB of quad-channel memory which makes it our most powerful Rain ever.
Apple has nothing like this. They have long since abandoned their professional workstation line. The last vestiges are seen in their MacPro which is still built with 2nd generation Intel Xeon technology introduced in 2010.Continued on the next page