[Sidefx-houdini-list] Mantra farm rendering to server killing network, ideas?

Sandy Sutherland sandy at sunrise.co.za
Mon Sep 8 04:24:52 EDT 2014

What Farm software do you use?


On 09/08/2014 09:46 AM, Matt Estela wrote:
> Curious if anyone else has suffered this sort of thing;
> We sent a Mantra job to the farm, relatively fast per-frame times, but deep
> exr's with lots of layers meaning it came in at around 120mb per frame.
> When this was rendered by lots of farm machines at once (like 200 or more),
> this was enough to bring the filer to its knees, lots of fingers pointed,
> sad sysadmins.
> I know we've rendered stuff heavier than this before with PRman. Turns out
> this problem had been identified and fixed a while ago, in that our Maya
> PRman jobs automatically render to the local scratch disk locally per farm
> machine, then copy the frame to the filer when done, keeping the network
> happy.
> Anyone implemented such a thing in Mantra? Or know of mystery Mantra
> options to force it to keep its network write operations to a minimum?
> -matt
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