[Sidefx-houdini-list] stability of mantra on multi core machines?

François Duchesneau sidefx at trinix.ca
Wed Aug 20 09:45:13 EDT 2008

Thanks Paul for the update.

I'm not if you were the one who once said you were trying out PBR. Is 
all below made with regular shading or PBR?

I haven't rendered that much with Mantra but the fact that no clear 
error message is given must be very painful. Let's hope SideFx will fixe 
those issues so we can have a good cheap alternative to PRman and MentalRay.


paul simpson wrote:
> hi all,
> well here's a late update that i think pertinent to this thread.  we're just
> finishing a largish job which involves a world made out of glass.  ie,
> plants, flowers, pyramids, birds all rendered at HD.  we found mantra to be
> quite unstable - with lots of dropped frames.  some of these turned out to
> be because of memory issues - others just seemed to fail to render.  so, in
> my mind mantra still has some serious issues.  namely:
> 1/ stability.  frames often take 2-3 goes to render correctly.  this is just
> weird.  above all we need produciton ready stability.
> 2/ error messages - are just non existant in mantra.  this makes it very
> hard to deduce how/why things are going wrong.  especially if your just out
> of memory as opposed to other issues.
> 3/ documentation.  is in a real partially complete/shoddy/non-existant
> state.  i spent a day trying to write a mantra python filter only to find
> that what i wanted to do was not possible.  this apparently is a known bug -
> but is not mentioned in the docs - what a waste of time and money!  not a
> good state of affairs to say the least.  it frustates (that is an
> understatement) me to learn this a day before trying to deliver a project -
> while trying to work around another mantra instability.
> ...this is all with houdini 9.5 gold - the latest cut.  just thought i'd
> share so no one finds themselves in my sorry state with a client breathing
> down their necks while renders just segfault.
> regards,
> paul
> ps - also, we were onlly getting 20-40% effeciency on these 8 core renders
> :(
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