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How to build a Blender Render Farm


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TheMcSquirrell

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Hi!

I am quite new to blender, but I am already shocked by the long render times... Because I had some unused PC's lying around the house, I thought: why not build a render farm? Rendering with my laptop wouldn't be that much of a problem if it wouldn't heat up so much. My available systems are:


Laptop (nót in the farm):
- i5-3317u 1.7 ghz
- 4 Gb ram
- GT 740M


Desktop:
- Pentium 4 3 Ghz
- 1.25 Gb ram
- Geforce MX 440 64 Mb


Desktop
- Athlon XP 2000+ (1.8 Ghz)
- 786 Mb ram
- Riva TNT 2 32 Mb


Laptop:
- Core 2 Duo T5670 1.8 Ghz
- 3 Gb ram
- Integrated x3100 graphics


Desktop:
- Pentium D 280 2.8 Ghz
- 1 Gb ram
- 8800 Gt

My question is: how to do it? I tried installing Rocks (for a Beowulf cluster), but my PC's are not compatible with that program... I have thought about a few options:
1. Blenders integrated Network Renderer: the problem is that with this program I can't use LuxEngine or Cyles...
2. A Beowulf Cluster: I have got the required parts, but I tried installing Rocks and that failed quite a bit. I wouldn't know any other operating systems for that.
3. An actual Render Farm: also no idea how

I hope someone can help me!
Thanx in advance

Sincerely,
TheMcSquirrell
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Niyol

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Some of those pc's you listed will strain to render on blender. I have an old machine with a Pentium quad core and 4gb with an OK graphics card and it strains to render complex scenes. So I think you might need better spec machines to cut down render times.
Are you trying to make a film or something?
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TheMcSquirrell

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Hey Niyol,

Thanks for your fast response! I do not really care about the render time, as long as it is faster than my laptop, I just want to get this up and running. On the other forums I also got a lot of information about te nodes themselves and some deals I could score better systems with, but that is not the point. I read somewhere that anything faster than 1.4 Ghz single core will add to your speed, and I could get some more working, soooo...
What would really help me is a tutorial or could you at least point out a version of Linux I could use? Thanks in advance!

Sincerely,
TheMcSquirrell
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