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Nathan Letwory writes:

Finally, after months of work, testing, debugging and fixing we have Cycles as a supported engine on the farm. You'll get the power of Cycles through CPU rendering on our grid, with the supported feature set. To be able to upload Cycles sessions you should make sure you have the latest uploader version, which you can find at Blender bf-extensions SVN.



  • Wiljam Tschernij

    Not supports? Perhaps: Now supports

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Fixed, thanks!

  • CGEffex

    Sweet! I'll have to test that out sometime...

  • DimitrisC

    Is for CC render only? I mean, can one use it for client work?

  • Olaf

    But isn't CPU rendering expensive compared to GPU rendering? I mean, a GPU can render the same scene almost a 100 times faster than a CPU. It might be cheaper to just buy a GTX550 card for $300 to render your animation. 

    • Nick Rishel

       Cheaper than free? I need to sign up for this service. ;D

  • Guest

    Olaf, 100 times faster than a CPU ?! The GTX550, I don't think that's true.

    • Therewasanerroer

       I also thought this can't be true, but a normal gtx 560 is 5 -8 times faster than 100 % percent load on all 6 kernels of a AMD X6 24 GHz (overclocked) and even runs smoother (you can edit while you watch it rendering, with a cpu the refreshing rate is just beyond acceptable. )

      But if you do such a setup prepare yourself for buying 16 GB or more of RAM :)

      • Holgerson

         My GTS passive GeForce GTS 450 renders only about 3 times faster than Intel Core Duo 3.0 GHz.

  • Guest

    Can it only render one frame and not an entire animation?

    • Chuckie

      I think it can render animations, because there was an animation with at some point(not using cycles), but I assume since animation can be done with cycles on a single computer, supports it too.

      • Caleb Jones

        Don't they have a minimum frame count? Maybe I'm remembering somewhere else...

  •éla-Szabó/100000198577059 Béla Szabó

    Amazing! :D I can't wait to try it out

  • Vimaxus

    Will it be possible to use the GPUs as well? Maybe at a later date? (any idea when?)

    • Julius Tuomisto

      We will be supporting GPU rendering as OpenCL support gets better.

  • Julius Tuomisto

    Thanks for the nice comments everybody. I'm super happy as we've never been busier (and it's nice to be wanted). At the same time the farm sure could use more people rendering at the moment - something everybody would benefit from. If you have any spare computing cycles around be sure to join your computer to the grid! After all, it only takes you five minutes! :)

  • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

    A word of advice to the folks: drop the NC and ND options from the CC licences that you allow. They do not offer “freedom” at all.

    • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

      I didn’t want to type a URL. Yet your comment system automatically picked up a domain name and tried to interpret it as a URL. Thereby forcing me to fill in a CAPTCHA just to post my comment with a URL, when I didn’t even want to have a URL in my comment!

      Not very polite.

      • Bart Veldhuizen

        But very effective against spambots, I'm afraid.

  • Surfer4

    Did close down? I haven't been able to get to their site in over a week and before it broke they had a million sessions waiting to be approved by admin and no sessions being rendered. It's like the people that run the site vanished.

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