[Beowulf] software for compatible with a cluster

Jon Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 3 11:32:16 EDT 2008


i have a little bit of clustering experience.if anything im still
contemplating making a kubuntu derivative that is geared towards rendering
clusters with the software and what not. i just dont have any experience
with whats available for the rendering cluster market and linux that is why
im asking all these questions. i did do some googling the other day only to
find a list of commercial products.

On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 2:43 PM, H.Vidal, Jr. <hvidal at tesseract-tech.com>
wrote:

> In my experience with 3D, the renderer is of particular note.
> For example, it is entirely possible to model with one piece
> of software, export geometry, and render with another piece
> of software. And the production team will probably have very
> specific ideas of which renderer is what they want, especially
> since tools such as RenderMan are themselves programmable, and
> cannot just be 'switched' with another rendering tool.
>
> And so, based on your questions, it sounds like you really need
> to study, understand, and educate yourself on your proposed product
> or service before thinking about batch rendering. You are,
> as Americans would say, putting the cart before the horse.
>
> So, as suggested, go study the 'front end' of the problem in much
> greater detail, talk to potential customers, understand more
> what you are intending to do, then come back and find out about
> clusters. The Beowulf mailing list has lots of archived comments
> and questions on this topic. That's a hint.....
>
> If you are just acting as a hobbyist or moving along a learning
> curve, go look at open source rendering tools. If you are going
> to sell services on open source rendering tools, see comments
> above. In any case, google and plain reading are your friends....
>
> Good luck.
>
> hv
>
> Jon Aquilina wrote:
>
>> now what happens if someone comes to me for rendering services and they
>> used maya will the maya file be able to use the software mentioned above or
>> would i need some other software for that?
>>
>> On 7/2/08, *Bernard Li* <bernard at vanhpc.org <mailto:bernard at vanhpc.org>>
>> wrote:
>>
>>    On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 4:32 AM, Perry E. Metzger <perry at piermont.com
>>    <mailto:perry at piermont.com>> wrote:
>>
>>     > "Jon Aquilina" <eagles051387 at gmail.com
>>    <mailto:eagles051387 at gmail.com>> writes:
>>     >> if i use blender how nicely does it work in a cluster?
>>     >
>>     > I believe it works quite well.
>>
>>    As far as I know blender does not have any built-in "clustering"
>>    capabilities.  But what you do is render different frames on different
>>    cores (embarrassingly parallel) using a queuing/scheduling system.
>>    DrQueue seems to be quite popular with the rendering folks:
>>
>>    http://drqueue.org/cwebsite/
>>
>>    Cheers,
>>
>>    Bernard
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Jonathan Aquilina
>>
>>
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