From Russia with love and matrices

3D computer graphics software company Right Hemisphere has added Russian mathematical brains to its team after finding their work on the internet and convincing them to move to this country.

3D computer graphics software company Right Hemisphere has added Russian mathematical brains to its team after finding their work on the internet and convincing them to move to this country.

Right Hemisphere and the Russian pair have entered into a joint venture after Vladimir Noskov and Alexander Chelemekhov jumped at the idea of relocating their business and arrived one month later.

Right Hemisphere co-founder and president Mark Thomas says the Russians have expertise in the kind of maths involved in 3D computer graphics and says he may look to bring in other Russians in the future.

“Education in maths in Russia is very strong and 3D graphics has a much more intensive mathematical component than general business software applications. [The Russians] had developed a technology that very clearly indicated their talent.”

Thomas and his co-founder, David Revill, say they casually mentioned to the pair the possibility of moving, and after explaining the climate and lifestyle here the Russians agreed to come.

Their speedy immigration from the province of Perm was assisted by Trade New Zealand’s investment division, which is keen to bring in more IT specialists, emigration bodies in Moscow and the Russia/New Zealand Business Council. They are on two-year working visas and plan to apply for residency.

Noskov and Chelemekhov, both in their late 20s and both holding Masters of Computer Science, have produced specialised software that enables users to view 3D models online in any file format. It manipulates, analyses and translates 3D data from a range of different sources to make them work together within each object or scene being created. Thomas says this will allow for new products to be added to Right Hemisphere’s range and will also “beef up” their existing products' ability to integrate with other products.

Right Hemisphere’s products include Deep Paint, Deep Paint 3D, Texture Weapons and ray tracer and rendering product Ray Gun, a joint venture with Animation Research. The company's work has appeared in Sony Playstation and Nintendo games and movies.

Its products are built on an Intel and Windows platform rather than a proprietary Unix hardware platform – they were the first to pilot Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor. The company has partner relationships with Macromedia and Adobe.

It has just released Japanese versions of its products with Chinese and European to follow.

Through large upcoming contracts and trends such as widespread sales of PCs with high end 3D graphics cards and 3D-capable web browsers, Right Hemisphere expects to increase its revenues by four to eight times and double its 22-strong staff in the next two years. Right Hemisphere's exports now equal $4 million a year.

It may also benefit from more widespread broadband access - though Thomas notes a common public misconception is that 3D files are large; a typical complex 3D file is only 120KB, much less than video.

Thomas says he is constantly looking for staff, especially database web programmers and international sales people, and is keen to partner with 3D companies in New Zealand.

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