[Beowulf] noob understanding

John Vert jvert at windows.microsoft.com
Fri May 19 13:12:55 PDT 2006

At the risk of starting another religious flame war, I'll point out that
if you want to run a Windows application, you might want to consider a
Windows cluster. http://www.microsoft.com/hpc has more information.

John Vert

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Subject: [Beowulf] noob understanding

I've searched many of the posts and I only have a few quick questions.
Please excuse my ignorance.

1. Is my understanding that you can process windows processes on a linux
cluster correct?

2. Specifically, I'm interested in using a linux cluster (25 nodes) for
rendering 3d studio max by splitting single frames accross the cluster.
Example.  We work with enormous output files, usually around 5400x3600,
and they render in about 15 hours on a dual xeon 3.4ghz w/ 2gb ram.
Distributed rendering via windows works, but we're interested in growing
the "farm" to many more nodes, hence the interest in a beowulf.
Occasionally, we'll do some animations also, so it again would be
enormously beneficial.  I think I understand that this is possible, and
am interested more specifically in the scripting method to dump the job
into the cluster from windows.

Additionally, we use vray (render engine plugin for max) for the final

Am I correct in thinking that this is possible?  Any direction at all
would be great!  Thanks.

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