Loki Render is a cross-platform job queue manager for rendering 3D frames. Commonly called a “render farm” or “distributed network rendering”, it serves Blender render jobs to a group of computers. Rendering 3D frames is CPU intensive and can take a long time, so having several computers work together can greatly decrease the total time needed. The more computers you have, the faster you can crank out those frames.
Green Button has just announced their rendering services for Blender. Using the python script that they provide, you will have a rendering consulÂ inside Blender which you use to upload your file to their servers. They currently have access to over 2000 processors in New Zealand and an additional 1000+ in Australia and they are currentlyÂ working with some very large data center providers in the US to add more thus giving you major studio sized rendering support.
BlendMaster pointed me to this site of a home brewed render farm made from small IKEA filing cabinet. It has an insane 24 cores, running at 2.4 Ghz each with 48 GB of ram. Pretty ingenious method. It’s a Linux system using Dr Queue for render distribution.