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New Render Farm: Blendergrid

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The new Blendergrid render farm uses Amazon EC2 for rendering. By entering the preferred rendering time, you can influence the job price.

Richard van der Oost writes:

The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a great service for resizable compute capacity. I found out about EC2 about a year ago, and immediately thought it was a great opportunity to build a virtual renderfarm. It turned out to be quite a technical challenge, but with the help of some awesome web developers and coders, blendergrid.com was live. I have been using the farm for my own projects for a couple of months now, and it’s time to make it publicly available because I think a lot of people can benefit from it.

I have tried to make the web-interface as simple as possible, so anyone who uses Blender is welcome to use blendergrid. I’m planning to keep improving it and implement requests when I receive feedback from users. The great thing is, the prices for Amazon computers are not static. This means that if you start a render job when the demand is low, you can save a lot of money!

For more info, check out the website at blendergrid.com.

17 Comments

  1. LéDestructé on

    but there are already other render farms like sheep it and so on. is it better than these or what are the differences

  2. A very interesting idea, so some statistics would be useful to allow potential users to compare real-world times with their own GPU. For example, how long does the Mike Pan BMW Cycles benchmark take, end-to-end, i.e. from emailing the job out to having the rendered file back on your desktop?

    • Hahah, yep, I sat there at the front row at James Yonan's presenatation :)

      I was already building blendergrid for half a year at the time, but I thought it was very interesting. I don't use Brenda though, but it's a similar approach!

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