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setting up a render farm


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#1 Guest_nickko_*

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 02:50 AM

good morning to all,

i am not quite sure if my post belong here...

although, my question cover a network issue

i want to set up a small rendering farm by connecting together via ethernet two desktop computers (intel celeron g530, intel e7200 core2 duo) and a server (i haven't decided yet but something like dell poweredge or an hp proliant generation 6 with sata)

i want to render video and 3d (bryce, rhino, maya)

what is the configuration for the networking since i will have different os (windows server, windows xp or windows 7)

can i run my programs from the server ?

i hope to have your advice

many thanks

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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 06:02 PM

First off, you're way over your head.

 

what is the configuration for the networking since i will have different os (windows server, windows xp or windows 7)

 

Physical network is going to be the same, no matter the operating systems involved.

 

can i run my programs from the server ?

 

This will depend on the programs and the licenses.



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Posted 13 September 2015 - 01:55 AM

good morning dear Kilroy and i thank you for your kind reply

understood !

my programs are ;

sony vegas pro 8.0c
adobe audition 2
sony acid
bryce 3d v.4
carrara studio 5 3d
rhino 5

please, can you tell me some more ?

i thanking you very much in advance

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:32 AM

I don't have experience with any of those software packages.  How each works may be completely different.  Running the software on the server most likely requires another license.  You may be better off purchasing a new machine that can handle the rendering better, once you consider the cost of purchasing a server license.



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Posted 14 September 2015 - 04:59 PM

Lots of good info on the web.  How much money do you have to spend?

 

You may want to review this article to get started

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/render-farm-node,2340.html



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Posted 15 September 2015 - 05:55 AM

hi to all,

first i wish thank very much all for the replies

yes, i know that i have to buy additional licenses for my programs but this does not matter

my programs run on windows xp and i am wondering how i can run or do my rendering with a server that run windows server os (2003, 2008)

also, i am not quite sure if a server could help or not on network rendering

frankly speaking my budget but i can buy a very good server like the dell poweredge 2970 with 2 x opteron quad cpu's plus 8 gb or ddr2 ecc ram and a sata 500 gb hd for less than euros 400 (385) plus shipping

not bad

i will check the links but i will need also your advice and guidance

i wish to thank very much again all of you who replied

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 10:01 AM

Most workstation specific software will not run on a server and visa versa.  Keep this in mind going forward.  You may want to consider a beowulf cluster.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_cluster



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Posted 16 September 2015 - 09:47 AM

good afternoon dear Wand3r3r

i thank you for your kind reply and for the given link

great ! i know now from where i have to start

it seems that i have to follow i long and winding road wit that rendering farm i am planning to build

it is really a very good business but i have to study a lot before do anything

many thanks again

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 05:19 PM

yes, i know that i have to buy additional licenses for my programs but this does not matter

 

I'd advise checking into the cost of the license before you say that.  A Distributed Server License for 256 cores for MATLAB is $55,000.  Granted that is not at all what you're looking to do understand that these companies make their living on software and the dollar signs glow in their eyes when you say server.



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:49 PM

hi dear Kilroy and i thank you so much for the info !!!!

yes, i have to check first with those licenses but i think a license is required for each pc running a specific program and not per core or a server

thanks




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