The team at Solid Angle received a much deserved scientific and engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For anyone that hasn’t tried Arnold yet, give it a shot. It’s well worth the money! Just check out this quote from the Academy:
To Marcos Fajardo for the creative vision and original implementation of the Arnold Renderer, and to Chris Kulla, Alan King, Thiago Ize and Clifford Stein for their highly optimized geometry engine and novel ray-tracing algorithms which unify the rendering of curves, surfaces, volumetrics and subsurface scattering as developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Solid Angle SL.