A render farm is a group of networked computers working together to complete large rendering tasks. Normally, render farms proceed silently, without graphically displaying the renderings as they progress. Rendering in this manner lets you to use more computer power for lengthy tasks, at the expense of some interactivity.
Many third-party render farm products are currently available. The nXt Render Farm software lets you to work with one of these, or you can set up a simple render farm just using the software provided. The nXt Render Farm software is sold separately from the nXt platform plug-ins such as Flaminog nXt. The software itself is platform independent – Rhino is not required on computers used only for render farming.
The nXt Render Farm includes two basic pieces of software:
The following procedures apply to nXt's included render farm. If you are planning to use third-party render farm software, some of these procedures will be different.
Create a shared folder for use by the Render Farm. All the network rendering computers must have read/write access to this folder. The shared folder should have lots of available disk space to store both data (input) and images (output). We recommend 20-200 GB available storage. You must perform the following four steps on each computer you plan to use in the Render Farm. This includes any nXt workstations which submit jobs to the Render Farm.
The Render Farm is now configured. To verify that the farmer machines are responding run the Render Farm Monitor from the Start menu on any of the workstations. The machines should appear in the upper list box. If you wish to exclude a machine from participating in the render farm, you can select it, right click, and choose Suspend.
Updating the Render Farm software
All participating computers must be updated before a new job can be submitted to the farm. Use the following procedure:
The evaluation version of the Render Farm lets two network machines (nodes) work on jobs simultaneously. If you wish to have more network nodes running simultaneously you can buy an unlimited node license here.
Once you have purchased your license and have acquired a Product Key, use one of the following procedures to license your farm.
Post-build 244 procedure (recommended):
Pre-build 244 procedure:
To verify that you are now running a licensed copy, view the About… box: