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.
Daniel Petersen wrote:
A new version of Loki Render has just been released!
Loki Render allows you to create your own render farm, serving Blender render jobs to a group of computers. Loki is easy to setup, and runs on Linux, Windows or Mac, making it a quick, flexible and painless distributed network rendering solution!
The most notable new feature is that it runs on multiple platforms, (thanks to the Mono framework), so now you can roll out a mixed platform render farm! A lot of effort has been put into usability; making the setup as painless as possible, being intuitive to use, and providing real-time meaningful feedback during use.
Note that Loki Render hands out frame by frame tasks in the render farm, but doesn't split up frames for parallel rendering. Loki Render was designed for cranking out frames for animation;^)
So, check it out, and happy blending/animating:-)