Briefly: Today is the 20th anniversary of Pixar's RenderMan software, which many animation and live action studios use as their rendering software. To commemorate the 20th year anniversary of their academy-award winning software, Pixar has announced RenderMan Pro Server 14.0. This new software
"introduces significant performance enhancements including accelerated ray-tracing, faster processing of large polygon datasets, optimized hair performance, faster AOV's, and enhanced threading scalability. New core features that facilitate the development of custom tools include a re-rendering mode for accelerated interactive shading and lighting, a new SDK for easy linking, a Python binding for simplified integration, user-defined structures in the RenderMan shading language, (RSL 2.0) an API for reading brick maps, and a new format for point clouds."George Lucas remarks on the famous software, "It's notable that 20 years after putting its first pixels on the screen, RenderMan remains the benchmark for all rendering technology."
Great job Pixar!