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.
"The Green Button is the user-friendly front end for industrial strength supercomputing. The system enables applications to run on compute, storage and network infrastructure that would be outside the budget of all but the wealthiest institutions.
Users access the supercomputer directly from Blender - the massive power of our compute clusters are literally one click away, and it costs just 1c per CPU minute.
For a limited time, we are offering new users US$10 (1000 minutes) of free CPU time, so you can experience how much faster your work gets done when you render with Green Button.
Green Button for Blender is developed by Intergrid and marchingCubes.com as a client-side plug-in for blender and server-side scheduling, management, alerting components. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, these kiwi companies are working hard to deliver the power of cloud computing right to your desktop.
In addition to rendering with Blender, Green Button also provides supercomputer acceleration for Biomatters Geneious software, and is planning to add support for other desktop applications across a broad range of industries.
The NZSC (New Zealand Supercomputing Center) and Gen-i provide data center, development and support services to the project.
"Blender is an amazing application, with a fantastic community. It is really exciting to be involved in this project, and I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the cool stuff you guys and girls render using the Green Button!" - Pete Black, marchingCubes.com
"This all started in 2003 when we needed more processing power to finish the final digital effects for "The Return of the King", the third installment of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. It is great that this sort of processing power is now available today to artists all over world, whenever it is needed". -
Founder of InterGrid (& ex-CTO Weta Digital)