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watch our cloud rendering in action...
show user profile  Bolteon
Exciting stuff.

Let me know if you guys have questions or comments; would love to hear thoughts from the community before we start spreading this video and other PR stuff around the web.

More info:

-Marko Mandaric

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4/24/2015 9:52:34 PM (last edit: 4/24/2015 9:53:59 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I have to applaud you for the work you've done on this. I can tell how much work you have put in to it.

Polish it and get it out there!

When you get Blender rolling and need beta testers... :)

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4/24/2015 10:10:48 PM (last edit: 4/24/2015 10:10:48 PM)
show user profile  br0t

This looks great bolts! If I imagine having that back in my bachelor thesis, man I would have thrown money at you to get HD resolution haha :D This will be awesome to scale up as needed, especially for small business that can not afford 30 machines sitting around.

How will the payment work? Per time and worker?

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4/24/2015 10:28:53 PM (last edit: 4/24/2015 10:28:53 PM)
show user profile  digs
this looks and sounds VERY promising. Can't wait to use it

** assuming it will be affordable?
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4/24/2015 10:32:39 PM (last edit: 4/24/2015 10:38:27 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Yeah, the payment system is of interest to me. Say it's time based and I have a slow internet connection, then that wouldn't be great as it would cost me more. But if it's output based or information based payments then that would be interesting...

Also would there be a bottleneck issue say if 1 million people used this all at the same time? What about your hardware? Would you need a mega facility if this takes off bigtime to process all the incoming nodes, or is that not an issue? I assume my computer and internet connection would always have to be on, what if there's a power failure or my computer turned off for the heck of it, I assume no data would be preserved so I can continue what I've already started rendering, or am I wrong?

A lotta questions, still slightly confused by this...
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4/24/2015 10:57:43 PM (last edit: 4/24/2015 10:57:43 PM)
show user profile  ccampbell
Very nice man. Good Work. Now just need to work on the UI/UX

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4/24/2015 11:58:02 PM (last edit: 4/24/2015 11:58:02 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Well, it uses AWS presumably. We have tens of thousands of concurrent users with our AWS servers, and it becomes Amazon's problem of allotting processors. It kind of just works.

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4/25/2015 12:16:02 AM (last edit: 4/25/2015 12:16:17 AM)
show user profile  chillywilson

This is great

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4/25/2015 1:08:46 AM (last edit: 4/25/2015 1:08:46 AM)
show user profile  S. Silard
What if I don't have license to vRay, only using trial?

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4/25/2015 4:06:18 AM (last edit: 4/25/2015 4:06:18 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
Will this be setup with Vray3.0 to allow for more than just 3ds max to run considering the universal nodes? How are you going to deal with Choasgroups licensing with Vray3.0 nodes now that they are no longer "free"?

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4/25/2015 3:07:18 PM (last edit: 4/25/2015 3:07:18 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Marko, if you're going to support the MODO renderer, I can pimp the thing on their forum.
Or better, you could get in touch with them and work out something. Then they would do the pimping. And they're pretty good at it :)

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4/25/2015 4:12:36 PM (last edit: 4/25/2015 4:12:36 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Glad you guys are liking what you're seeing. Monday or so we'll be starting our media/PR push and getting this out in front of as many eyes as possible.

A few things:

-The cost scale will be graduated on 4, 9 or up to 240 nodes. There will be a start-up cost each time, and then an hourly cost after the first hour (included in the start-up). We're contemplating creating a set bulk price for the start-up cost if a company or an individual knows they'll be using the service many times per month.

-It will be very affordable, cheaper than 3rd part rendering systems, much cheaper than renting the computers physically, and much much cheaper than buying them outright.

-If you have a slow connection, we'll be offering a way to load data before you launch worker nodes (ie your start-up cost covers 4 hours of time you can load up data before launching workers).

-It is AWS based and will be launching in 9 different regions throughout the world capable of handling literally anything that you can throw at it. Each client will be able to load up up to 240 nodes and around 500 clients per region (if it ever gets close to reaching, we'll have some very different problems to handle; I don't see it happening ever).

-We handle all licensing for supported software that's built into your cost from us. As mentioned, the service is entirely turn-key.

-We're working with the guys over at Chaosgroup to support using a license from us. Not so subtle hint: we're looking into offering another service to provide always-on cloud-based licensing for a multitude of software.

-We will support anything our customer base needs, adding to the catalog is a matter of a few hours and setting up licensing with the developer. Outside of that, It Just Works.

-Marko Mandaric

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4/25/2015 9:52:39 PM (last edit: 4/25/2015 9:52:39 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
What happens if one node crashes during render?
Does the rendered image come out as incomplete or will the remaining nodes take over?
Would the loss of a node be compensated with more node-time?

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4/25/2015 10:25:25 PM (last edit: 4/25/2015 10:25:25 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Vray DR code accounts for lost nodes internally so the buckets would be sent to a different node.

On the AWS (Amazon Web Services) end, I've never had a computer go down but we'll be able to evaluate a session after the session is over (likely prior to applying charges for the session) and we'll be able to do something about lost computers from a charges stand point were that ever to happen.

-Marko Mandaric

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4/26/2015 2:04:03 AM (last edit: 4/26/2015 2:04:03 AM)
show user profile  Coxy
Nice, looking great! Will definitely have to start thinking about using it.
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4/26/2015 3:44:44 AM (last edit: 4/26/2015 3:44:44 AM)
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