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Message 7417 - Posted: 11 Jan 2008, 21:13:21 UTC

I work for an architectural firm that is looking at different ways to beef up there rendering abilities. Our company that has roughly 50 computers that sit idle at night but we don\'t have the knowledge of how to maintain a network to have a rendering farm. I know many companies would be willing to pay just for the administration of these file through BURP\'s servers. So that people that want to not do for profit rendering with there cycle it would be setup with only the companies computers working on the companies renderings. Anyone have any thoughts? I think that everyone would benefit as it would give the not for profit side of things a better system since they would be making some income to improve everything.
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Message 7418 - Posted: 12 Jan 2008, 3:48:00 UTC

There is already a topic on this subject at http://burp.boinc.dk/forum_thread.php?id=170

There seem to be some people passionately against the idea, and some all for it. Regardless, it will probably be a while before a decision is made, or the BURP technology is stable enough to be released so that others may use it.
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Message 7419 - Posted: 12 Jan 2008, 7:27:41 UTC - in response to Message 7418.  
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...it will probably be a while before a decision is made, or the BURP technology is stable enough to be released so that others may use it.

The project is also limited to rendering exclusively with Blender at this point. I don\'t know what software your firm is currently using, but if it\'s not Blender then you might be out of luck.

In any case, it sounds like you might be better off with an in-house renderfarm. You said you didn\'t know how to set up and maintain the farm, but there are lots of tools out there that can simplify matters greatly -- some are as easy to set up as BOINC/BURP. If I remember correctly there was another thread on that topic earlier that might have some suggestions, and maybe some other folks can chime in and give you some pointers. What operating system(s) are your machines running? What 3D software / renderer is your firm using?
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Message 7420 - Posted: 12 Jan 2008, 8:17:44 UTC
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This question is probably one of the questions I get most often: \"Can I run BURP locally on my own network?\" or \"Can BURP manage my local render-farm?\".
Actually it is raised so often that it would make sense to allow this kind of use - especially seeing that BURP actually performs much better on a local network than across the internet.

An idea could be a \"BURP-on-a-disk\" subproject where a LiveCD with the entire BURP serverside setup is included, ready for immediate use and some instructions on how to set BOINC up on clients to fetch work from that local server.
All it would require would be a computer with a harddrive big enough to fit the returned results and database.

Obviously the instructions could also include a hint on how to configure the clients to help the online BURP project render when they are not actively rendering a local task.

The project is also limited to rendering exclusively with Blender at this point. I don\'t know what software your firm is currently using, but if it\'s not Blender then you might be out of luck.

Since we are talking about a local network environment there is even the possibility of using commercial rendering components (given that the company running the local server has the proper licenses, of course).

As long as people don\'t care about progress reporting, nifty screensavers, splitframe rendering and checkpointing etc. it is extremely easy to add support for new renderers to BURP.
That said, most renderers have built-in networking render modes that do a lot better job of distributing work across the local network. \"Pixie\" comes to mind here.

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There is a difference between this suggestion and the existing thread on for-profit rendering.

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Another possible way to do this would be to set up a different project (not BURP) that does the scheduling part of the trade. A *-on-a-disk LiveCD that sets up a fileserver locally on the company\'s network is the responsible for doing the hard work of sending out the data to the clients.
Clients then contact the online scheduler and send the results to the local fileserver.

Even a project that does exactly as suggested by the original poster would be possible - but it wouldn\'t be BURP either, perhaps a derived project running on BURP code.
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