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

Matt Estela matt.estela at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 04:38:05 EDT 2014


In-house thing.
On 08/09/2014 6:25 PM, "Sandy Sutherland" <sandy at sunrise.co.za> wrote:

> What Farm software do you use?
>
> S.
>
> 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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