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post #41 of 68
awesome! nice to see some other 3d folk around these parts..

Looks like you've got yourself going, but i can throw my own possible adventure into the ring, my "render farm" started as a literal farm with a bunch of old computers sprouted up around my room, mostly in corners where they could double as seats

about 2 years into it, my pop was re-organizing his office, and decided to ditch his rack, which we'd built when i was a wee-tiny kid. So now i'm pulling along with a mamoth about 7 feet tall looming behind me.

::will insert pictures here when i got off my arse and take some::

currently blowing away in there is:
Celeron 430, 2GB (master.. more on this below)
Q6600, 4GB
4 x Xeon, 4GB
E7200, 4GB
E4300, 4GB
X2 4800+, 2GB
XP3200+, 1GB
P4, P4, and a few more Athlon XP's

First, regarding that celeron machine marked as "master" thats exactly what it says it is.. 1.8 GHz Celeron doing nothing but sending directions and taking in frames. There's 400GB in RAID 1 for maps and projects/scene files, as well as another mirrored 750GB for renders. Beauty here is that when i toss something into the pipeline, my workstation is completely out of the loop.. I'm free to restart, crash, bluescreen all i want, as well as adding it to the render task if i feel like taking a break from whatever i'm doing.. The other big thing is that god forbid a machine conks out or isnt quite stable, this machine is running ~10-15% load. Its plenty of horsepower to handle the file I/O, which is by the way, more burden you don't need on a workstation you are trying to use.

Autodesk's awesome backburner does all the work for the 3ds Max renders, and for Maya I've tried a few different solutions (SpiderSX, Maya's Satellite feature, and Dr. Queue)

The Maya options out there are abysmal. Dr. Queue is the only thing that really works well, but is a ***** to compile from source, and the only Windows binary is an old, unstable version..

We've toyed with investing with Qube! in the past, and had actually talked to their sales rep and engineer. As soon as I asked about the trial, she (the saleswoman) put me right through to their engineering department, and he walked me through exactly the server setup that Qube wants.. They've set up an excellent system, indeed.. but the price is a tough thing to justify. However, we're getting awfully close to purchasing, as the issue of Maya doing a good net render on its own is not at all promising these days.

P.S: Anyone think this could be the release when Autodesk lets us have backburner for Maya and stops kicking us in the nads with these sad upgrades?
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Awesome, glad to see another 3ds max user on here!

I wish I had a farm that big, I have 3500 frames on my meager one right now...Will be done in a few hundred hours...lol

So your running backburner manager on your Celeron master? I have heard you should always run manager on a super fast machine to increase performance of the farm.

At the moment, I am running manager on a VM via my workstation, and my workstation as a server as well, however I am wanting to pick up a 1U system for cheap to run manager and a few local servers web/ect ect. I have my eye on a 3.2ghz celeron for $200...Storage wise, I have about 1TB set aside for renders on my desktop, and another 1TB as my working directory to keep all my max files, maps, and all the other fun stuff. I hope to set up a 8TB raid'd file server at the bottom of the rack...sometime in the future, however I need to get some more work in, well a lot more.

I am realizing I will be needing a larger rack, definitely...

Your post is worthless without pics! lol. Thx for the reply.
Edited by MXjunk127 - 9/13/08 at 5:34pm
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It is highly possible that I will be interested in your small rack when you upgrade, so keep me posted!

I cant shoot for it right now because i just picked up a 2405FPW and a GTX260.
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I wonder if all the DELL Dual Xeon 1U servers on e-bay could be handy for a project such as this:

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories
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If I can get them sub $250 or so yeah its not a bad addition to the sable, however, this rack has a depth of 21" or so, so the Dell servers are too long, I could run it without the back door but not sure if thats something I want to do, would hate for someone to rip out some of those wires...

Today when I woke up I smelt smoke, I turned the rack off and had to go to work, will have time to investigate tomorrow night...I was working it hard core 24/7..
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After a close examination of both machines I have found nothing wrong, however, the smell of electrical smoke is something I do not like to smell, especially from something in my room. I looked over most visible circuits and saw nothing wrong, no capacitors looked blown and they booth booted fine, and are running back at full strength again...guess I will report back if anything nasty happens...
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Turns out the smoke was a powersupply on the Xeon, I may be able to get an old one from work that will fit for free, should be up as early as tomorrow...

Another little update, I got this machine for $100 bucks 3.2ghz Celeron, 2gb of ram and 80gig HD. I loaded backburner on it and a webserver, next will either be a storage server or another 2U Xeon build.

Sry for the blurry pic, will get another one when I clean my office up.

Edited by MXjunk127 - 10/1/08 at 8:27pm
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post #48 of 68
where are you nabbing cheap servers? ebay?

Im always in the market for 100-200$ decent rackmount servers, I would buy one for a router, one for ldap, one for a webserver, one for samba.


eventually i could assemble a 'man stack'
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Well, I emailed this guy about this server on craiglist a while back...He had it listed for $200 in the wrong category...I decided I didn't want to spend $200 on a server, especially a 1U singlecore at the time, so I didn't bother....Well, yesterday was my birthday, and out of the blue he emails me saying he needs cash, so I could drive and meet him I could have it for $100 if I met him, so I drove about an hour to go pick it up at like 1AM. lol.

Downside is, its loud. Louder than I like in my room, so is the 2U, so, idk. I must at admit, I was nervous about the singlecore, I even asked in chat, everyone was like noooo, but, it works great tho...
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That 1U looks almost like the 1U that I had suggested - does it have just a single fan in it that is completely enclosed? If so, it's the same type of setup that I was talking about - yeah, they're loud, but if you've got the right processor in them, they're screaming fast.
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