Cluster / Render Farm
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(01-16-2016, 08:35 AM)Ron Piggott Wrote: I really would really like a 'Cluster' area.  

As I said already my interest in the 'Pine 64' is a render farm.  I watched a video on YouTube of a Render Farm setup in 2010 with 24 nodes.  Each node ran "Ubuntu".  They stated their monthly electricity bill was in excess of $1,000.  I am confident that the speed and memory of the $29 version of the 'Pine 64' is comparable to this.  But the electricity consumption would be much less.

I have some experience with building clusters of consumer hardware, mostly laptops with an i5 and 8gb of ram. 40 of these cannot compete with a single 770 as far as rendering video is concerned In my experience the only place where clusters of inexpensive hardware beat a PC with a mid range or last gen graphics card is one where you need tons of ip addresses. Having a cluster is cool for experimentation and developing software to be put onto a larger supercomputer. Its also great for street cred, but in reality a cluster of SBCs is not worth it, spend your money on a graphics card and learn how to program CUDA, it's far easier to manage and you have a computer than can run more or less any software to boot. 

If you want to see what a cluster of SBCs should be used for look at the use cases for pico cluster.
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Messages In This Thread
Cluster / Render Farm - by Ron Piggott - 01-15-2016, 05:20 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by drag00n - 01-15-2016, 09:23 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by tllim - 01-15-2016, 10:59 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by Ron Piggott - 01-16-2016, 08:35 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by tllim - 01-16-2016, 10:04 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by Epsilon - 03-23-2016, 01:26 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by Sasank - 01-18-2016, 10:10 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by Madroxprime - 01-28-2016, 06:35 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by PicoCluster - 02-01-2016, 09:13 PM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by Andrew2 - 03-16-2016, 03:33 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by ataylorm - 02-10-2016, 08:04 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by tllim - 02-10-2016, 07:01 PM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by pharris430 - 09-16-2016, 09:25 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by pharris430 - 09-19-2016, 11:49 AM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by clustercomputing - 09-28-2016, 11:12 PM
RE: Cluster / Render Farm - by tllim - 10-02-2016, 02:55 PM

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