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The Perfect "Distributed Rendering" System...
show user profile  Vaiestro
Hi everyone,

I currently own an 8-core as my main workstation and have connected my 4-core laptop through Distributed Rendering for a total of 12 buckets during render time. I am looking to add another 12 buckets or so and am wondering if any of you have any insight you would care to share on ways to best go about doing this...

Initially I was thinking of getting a RenderBoxx system, but am now considering putting together a bare bone dummy terminal kind of system that only serves to contribute rendering power through vray's DR. Any thoughts?

Thanks guys :)
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7/16/2012 4:41:21 AM (last edit: 7/16/2012 4:41:21 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
for the distributed bucket style rendering i only have experience with MR satellite. Since this is usually used for production speedup LAN speed is king, if you have 8 nodes then getting a gigabit switch + 10gbit network card for the dev machine is well worth it (nodes would all have 1gbit which is integrated on everything nowdays). For example if yiour scene is 1gb in size in the ram it would take a full minute before it even starts rendering on a 8 node system with their standard network gear, with the upgrade though it would take a mere 6 seconds.

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7/16/2012 2:40:01 PM (last edit: 7/16/2012 2:40:01 PM)
show user profile  Dub.
A gigabit switch with a 10Gb network card? What is the point of that?

You would have spent $1500 on a network card that is running at the speed of a $15 card.

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7/16/2012 10:55:02 PM (last edit: 7/16/2012 10:55:02 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
10gbit cards cost around €150 these days, small gbit switches with a 10gibit SPA are around €300. Point is that if a production render that takes 1 min is transferred for 1 minute then the entire setup is pointless, spending 1/8th of the node costs on networking to actually make them work is not unreasonable imo.

Alternatively there are cheap infiniband adapters surfacing lately at €30 each for 2 ports of 10gbit connection, from what i hear takes a bit of setting up but given that you can just daisy chain them together and they are even cheaper might be worth the hassle

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7/17/2012 12:47:45 AM (last edit: 7/17/2012 12:47:45 AM)
show user profile  Dub.
Please give me a link to a 150 euro 10gb card. also the switch.

I've been waiting for ages for prices to come down and haven't seen anything near these prices

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7/17/2012 3:54:11 AM (last edit: 7/17/2012 3:54:11 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby

This is usually the aftermath of a telecom company upgrade/bankruptcy, if you're active on your local tech forums you can sometimes get in on them before they hit ebay for a "homie discount".. well at least thats my experience.

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7/17/2012 7:03:07 AM (last edit: 7/17/2012 7:03:07 AM)
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