[Sidefx-houdini-list] Standardized Render Test File?

Peter Bowmar pbowmar at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 16:11:24 EDT 2009


Hey Craig,

Slightly unrelated, but we tested the i7's and only got 20% faster
render times in Mantra so we decided to pass on them. Just FYI.

Cheers,

Peter B

2009/8/10  <craigleehoffman at aol.com>:
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> Another useful idea is if someone could make and post production prman shaders as similar as possible to the mantra ones used for these tests so folks could do these render tests on their own machines and compare Renderman (or other "prman-like" renderers) vs. Mantra to help make an informed decision when deciding on a renderer.
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> In the next couple of months we are going to have the new cheaper Quad Core "Core i5" cpu's (pretty much the same as Core i7's but without "hyperthreading") coming out on cheaper motherboards, along with the much improved Windows 7 OS for PC's, and cheaper better performing SSD's (Solid State Drives), so this would be a great time to post a standard render test file for people to test with so they know what to ask Santa for.
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> From: Peter Bowmar <pbowmar at gmail.com>
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> -single vs multi threading since often multi threading buys you little
> -raytrace vs simple micropoly vs hybrid etc.
> -production shaders (not SESI-supplied shaders) with lots of attribute
> pickups from geometry driving shading looks etc
> -instancing (generating the instances is a big factor so part of the
> benchmark here is Houdini time)
> -Polys vs SubD vs Nurbs
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> Likely more, no time right now :)
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> Cheers,
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> Peter B
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> 2009/8/10 David Johnson <daveinengland at gmail.com>:
>> Please include at least one teapot. For old times sake.
>> Dave
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>> On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Michael Goldfarb <goldfarb at coredp.com>wrote:
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>>> I think it's a great idea and it's something we've talked about over at
>>> od[force]...just a question of determining what the scene (or scenes)
>>> should contain and then building it.
>>> I know we'd be happy to host/manage the whole thing at od[force]...
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>>> suggestions?
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>>> craigleehoffman at aol.com wrote:
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>>> > All the recent talk on hardware and Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux, etc. made
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>>> > wonder if anyone had a standardized complex Render Test Hip File that
>>> > folks could download and run to compare render speeds across platforms
>>> > and hardware?
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>>> > I think this would help a lot with folks making new purchases like
>>> answering questions such as:
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>>> > Does Quad Core make enough of a difference over Dual Core to warrant
>>> upgrading?
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>>> > Would I benefit from a CPU with Hyperthreading?? (Core i7 vs. the
>>> upcoming Core i5, etc.- I read that Maya's renderer was 16% faster when
>>> Hyperthreading was enabled on a Core i7!)
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>>> > Will a SSD or faster Hard Drive make much difference?
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>>> > Should I bother installing Linux/Windows 7/Snow Leopard?
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>>> > Such a render test should deal with a good cross-section of complex
>>> rendering in Mantra (perhaps with PBR as well as non-PBR ROPs) and also deal
>>> with large complex models and test disk access by using large textures on
>>> disk, etc.? (Also a good test hip file for Complex Dynamics performance
>>> testing might be a good idea too.)
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>>> > Anyone have such a thing- or does something like this already exist?
>>> >
>>> > -Craig
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