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Distributed Rendering With POV-Ray


bild_00k.pngThe POV-Ray site has recently updated their news site with a range of nice bits of information as well as distributed rendering solutions. One that certainly should draw the Blender community's eyes is a newly updated tool from Theo Gottwald.

Theo has certainly been busy with his newest version of SMPOV, an add-on for SMP and distributed network rendering for POV-Ray 3.6 and Mega-POV 1.1. It supports multiple rendering topologies and the site itself has some great instructions for use and benchmark tests. Currently for Windows only, this tool will certainly give a boost to POV-Ray users.

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  1. Great thing to hear. Some weeks ago I spent some hours getting drqueue to work between my Macs and Linux-machines. I gave up. Hope this one will be available for non-windows-users soon. Or better, maybe one day the "Render Daemon"-button will work as (most widely) expected and as pleasant as those other nifty features of our beloved 3d package ...

  2. I've never been able to get Dr. Queue to work on Windows. That's why I'm glad to see other options like this one, especially since POVRay is being used a lot more thanks to the integrated Blend2POV.

  3. Haven't tried POV-ray yet, but note for etrj9j, we got DR queue working at our office and published full documentation for Windows on Elysiun. The site [Elysiun password not accepted ???] doing something weird right now so can't acces link, but do a search on 'Other software'and you'll find our link to the instructions. [Download it while it's there :) ]

  4. While writing this, I am testing on 3 CPU's (AMD X2-4400+, + 1xAMD 3500+ over network), and thinking of improvements for last version of SMPOV for POVRAY 3.61c.

    In distributed rendering all instances must have access to a shared folder. Experience shows that this is a point to look at if it doesn't work as expected, in 90% of the cases the shared folder is not the same or does not have write permissions etc..

    I hope on more feedback from you all, wheter you can make it work or in case you need help.
    You can always reach me on MSN-Messenger: [email protected]

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