Exciting news! Sun Microsystems has agreed to donate processing power to render the Blender Foundation's new open-movie venture, Peach! The corporation has granted the project free hours of computing time on their supercomputing network network.com. This will enable far faster rendering and allow the team to build more-complex scenes than they might have otherwise! See more on the official Peach blog.
Ton explains the new development like this:
With hundreds of Solaris nodes composed of 64 bit CPU's and 4 gigs of memory per CPU, Sun Grid will give us virtually unlimited power!
This is also good news for the Solaris users out there, who'll see a bit more attention and testing efforts for their OS. Further we'll have to review the current state of renderfarm software and ensure that renderjobs can be properly monitored (blender log files). More food for the stats junks!
(Check the network.com website, it shows a cute Chinese researcher using a Blender magnifier! :)