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Special delivery

on April 18th, 2010, by ali

The kind of “pizza” that makes Ton happy.

Many many thanks to Arnd “Justa” M. who has created the awesome JUSTACLUSTER for us! In the next weeks we’ll fill the the other three drawers, and then we have 16 intel Β i7-930 nodes with 6 GB each rendering for us.

141 Responses to “Special delivery”

  1. J. Says:

    Don’t bring them on ideas; a MOVIE has to be made!

  2. anon Says:

    somebody call 911.. this thing is gonna go on fire πŸ™‚

  3. RH2 Says:

    So is the blender foundation going to start selling rendering credits on the blender e-shop now?
    (or in the foreseeable future)*


  4. bcathey Says:

    Good luck with all of those POS stock Intel CPU coolers crammed in there together! Open a window too, cause it’s going to get HOT!

  5. DrD Says:

    I think I heard the work IKEA in the video, I think the case is in IKEA ERIK case. I know others who have used it to build stacks.

    I want to see the wiring!!!


  6. Gen X Says:

    Es genial ver gente feliz πŸ˜€
    Is good see people happy πŸ˜€

  7. Shinobi Says:

    Such a piece of hardware there! It’s a monster in house and the aesthetic side is extremely cool too! Beautiful the Blender logo on the top and gorgeous in the dark eith lights on πŸ™‚

    Now….. we need renders!!!! πŸ˜€ Show us something!

    i.e. Pablo, how you’re experiment with the Sintel cabin and indirect lighting have progressed so far? Ben, what about your guardian refinement? And ice scene too?

    Don’t you really have something to feed our thirst after awesome renders? Come on guys! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Paulo Bardes Says:

    but this render farm works for single frames or only for animations?

  9. Guybrush Threepwood Says:

    hi Durian team,
    question after several months of work now – 11:53 min with credits. How realistic do you think it will be to create the real 4K movie? Soenke you mentioned at the very far beginning that this will be a real challenge. Are you satisfied with the current results?

  10. John R. Nyquist Says:

    I agree with Gen X, it’s good to see people happy. I’d click the “Like” button if there were one πŸ™‚

  11. David Says:

    WOW! You better not plug that thing into the internet. It may take over the world!… On second thought: Plug it in! Plug it in! πŸ™‚

  12. Unknown Ninja Says:

    Dang, Now that the computer setup of my dreams. I’ve always wondered if it could be possible to take a 2 drawer file cabinet and turn it into a small little computer server.

    However my dream would to be actually make a single machine that runs 4 sets of CPUs, Hard Drives, Graphics Cards, and lots of ram, as one single machine using a single keyboard, Mouse, Pair of monitors and Disk drives.

    Not just that but have this run windows so that I can plays most of my games with out much issue. Don’t get me wrong Linux users, Linux is awesome and I love it, but some time gamers like me just need windows as much as we would rather not have it installed.

    Guess I’ll keep dreaming… If I’m going to dream, I might as well dream big…

  13. Manu JΓ€rvinen Says:

    @Unknown Ninja:
    Well, there weren’t major games for Windows either before it became popular.
    So… time will tell – Linux is on the right track at least.

    Sorry, offtopic.

  14. Drifton Says:

    i only had trouble with the asrock x58 extream when i first got it, it showed up DOA. Sent it back and haven’t had any trouble since.i liked it cause of it pci-e spacing. I have left it on for all night render sessions and fluid simulations during the summer and it seemed to handle it just fine.

    just think during the winter they can use it as a portable and useful space heaters.

  15. Joey Says:

    Damn that looks nice, now you guys have a actual renderfarm to work on (and also a good opportunity for the programmers to work on the farm node software ;))

    I guess it is going to run a embedded debian or ubuntu? πŸ˜‰

  16. EaglesNestOne Says:

    That is awesome. Power level is OVER 9000!!!!! Can’t wait to see some renders.

  17. BjΓΈrn Says:

    Wow, seems like a great tool for the Durian/Sintel team, I really think you’re doing a great job and hope everything goes well with the rest of the production, good luck guys!
    Follow the link in my nick to discuss how the blender-community can get access to a farm like this.

  18. TheANIMAL Says:

    They’re not Intel I7-930 processors. They are Sintel I7-930’s.

  19. Ton Says:

    A quick note: we will use the farm for our own projects here first. After the summer we can donate render time to cool projects on a per-case basis. I’m especially interested to support independent non-commercial projects that way. We are not going to be a competitor for commercial online render farms.

  20. D Says:

    Just when we thought Ton’s awesomeness couldn’t get any more awesome… O_O I salute thee.

  21. ochacon Says:

    Congratulations Durian team with your new hardware

  22. Psy-Fi Says:

    Even though the setup is impressive I must say that GPU rendering is the future but that’s what it is. It will still take some time before blender source code can be ported to GPU, long after Durian is over. Actually what I get worried at is the amount of work this refactoring will take. But it will happen eventually. Personally I think it took too long for people to realize that. There are papers on GPU rendering since 2005, some even earlier, when people had to use shaders instead of kernels to do GPGPU. Now things have started to mature. It will be REALTIME rendering in a few years folks!

  23. eTo Says:

    Nice. But like other people that posted before me i wonder how hot it will be inside that case. I hope it won’t turn in to kitchen (frying eggs, and other stuff on metal parts of case.. ^^ ). Unless it’s calculated, that farm won’t burn before Sintel is finished, then it’s fine for me ;]
    But if air won’t be enough to cool that beast, maybe you should think about water cooling? It takes less space than standard fans on CPU’s (who know if would be possible put 5 mobo in on drawer ;] ), and it’s quite efficient. If water won’t be enough, you can always change it to cooling fluid for cars, that would give better results πŸ™‚
    Unfortunately, it won’t be cheap to hook up 16 CPU’s to water cooling system + you need some pumps and coolers placed somewhere. Also there will be less air circulation to cool rest parts of motherboards.
    I know it’s bit extreme thinking, but if air won’t be able to do it, maybe water will?
    Anyway, I hope there won’t be any problems, and we will see some frames of Sintel using farm to see what that beast is capable of πŸ™‚

  24. oiaohm Says:

    Cooling the case by the design will not be a issue. The heat itself will generate so much air flow. With fan at bottom pulling air in it should stay cool.

    Two biggest worries.
    1 dust/dirt stuffing everything up.
    2 Cooling the room where 16 computers are going to be. I know from running 16+ desktops in a smallish room it takes some serious AC to get the air heat out the room not to have heat creep. (Smallish room largest shipping container.) Water cooling worked out simpler and cheeper over all.

    16 CPU water cooling. Done past that. My base core for water cooling. Go get a radiator intentioned for a v8 with electric cooling fans times 2(some times scrapyard has good ones they don’t have to be the same model car). 2 car water pumps alter them for electric moter drive(yes another lot of gear from scrap yard). This has redundancy a few non return valves. Its also not small but at least parts are cheep if anything breaks.

    When you start using custom radiators water cooling gets way more expensive.

    The heat blocks are the expensive bits. Particularly the style I use. Solid connected pipes that run to the out side of case. So all joins are out side case. Leaks are not a issue ok not much of a issue. Nothing electrical gets wet.

    This is my last resort option for rooms that are too small to air cool in. I have never had a case needing the stage up. swimming pool. Do they have a local swimming pool that needs heating with spare room?

  25. Sniperdog Says:

    What spec are you running on the 3d workstations that everybody is using, especially what graphics card?

  26. Tumbledown Says:

    Ahhhh. I can’t wait to see the spec’s, render times and
    system configuration.

    I have to keep reminding myself not to be so eager,
    you guy’s are soooooo busy.

    Grats on the farm, keep up the good work
    and keep us posted when you can πŸ˜‰

  27. eTo Says:

    About preventing leaks, you can always use some simple silicon on joints and places where leaks can appear as precautionary measure. It’s used to seal of some parts on mother boards (cpu, gpu, ant those cylinder little parts – i know, i’m not the best in english, sry) to prevent mineral oil from getting to them when people use oil cooling. I think that could do the trick, but i didn’t made any water cooling yet.
    I just know that this can be more efficient than air or mineral oil when used with car cooling fluid instead of water.

  28. Heho Says:

    Haha this is the power of open source πŸ˜‰

  29. joorva Says:

    Hi guys, great machine you’ve got. Now, it looks really nice – studio, graphics, programists, own renderfarm :).

    I’ve got a technical question – in what way you’ve linked (on software layer) nodes with each other? Some sort of SSI? Some other cluster secret techniques? Or you’re going to render sintel with blender network render? I’am really curious about it, so if it’s not top-secret… πŸ˜‰

  30. ethana2 Says:

    I have a feeling Folding at Home team Blender is about to get a serious, serious boost.

  31. kevin mc bride Says:

    would really love a making of for this monster!
    covering the initial design and choice of parts right through to how it was put together and what kind of software is used to get it going.

  32. elephantatech Says:

    It would be sweet if you could do the render benchmark found at

  33. mektawik Says:

    I was wondering if there was a tutorial for how to do the custom metal work needed for a case like this.

  34. Grzesiek Says:

    I was wondering about the software you use. Is it specific cluster software or just plain ubuntu per node with netrender?

  35. Vdmpeniel Says:

    Hey guys can some body explain how the heck can you build something like that??? the software part???? is it a SSI cluster???? running Linux? How??? please would you include a tutorial???? it woulddddd be soooooo nice of you!!!

  36. Pankaj D Says:

    Could You guys please post some usage statistics … or video about the special delivery …. How is it working with the cluster and how did ya guys configure .it ….

  37. Pankaj D Says:

    @Vdmpeniel i dont think this is SSI .. as they are very innecfective and there is no need for SSI .. they create more bottlenecks … Bucket splitting the render tile across nodes of the cluster is always a better solution i suppose. I guess this is what durian team has implemented i guess …? Waiting for Durian team to reply on this.

  38. paul Says:

    I wonder the specs of this “pizza”. How it is managed?
    We all now U have lots of work for next 2 months but maybe there’s already some well detailed info in internet about very similar solution like in your renderfarm ?
    Thank’s for all Your very inspirating work !

  39. paul Says:

    I wonder the specs of this “pizza”. How it is managed?
    We all know U have lots of work for next 2 months but maybe there’s already some well detailed info in internet about very similar solution like in your renderfarm ?
    Thank’s for all Your very inspirating work !

  40. Markus Says:

    Yeah, cool renderfarm, want it too! Who paid that??

  41. joeri Says:

    Any reason to go for i7-930 and not a quad core xeon?
    I don’t know what to pick.

    ( btw Alex, you sound like a spambot )