Building a render farm can be difficult. You’ve got to get lots of machines and processes coordinated with users, permissions, licenses, file space and applications to make it all work. Jam it all together and you have something that starts to look like a workflow.
The Molecule’s first render farm attempted to use an rsh-based collection of scripts and html pages to accomplish this. It worked but had lots of problems. You could think of it as a Beowulf or Rocks style cluster, which essentially it was, with 60 machines shared over NFS.
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Written by Jane Garcia Buhks and Chris Healer.