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I recently started doing lots of large (for me anyway) rendering jobs on my Dell Windows computer I purchased the end of last year, which has an Intel i9 processor.  The i9 processor has 8 cores (most desktop i7s have 4).  Each core can run two threads of normal programs, but each has only one math processor.  As a result, you can run 8 NetRender Messengers (slaves) at a time, as rendering is all math.  I'm getting 45 seconds of animation (1,350 frames) at 720p rendered in a little over two hours!  The last time I was rendering large numbers of frames (on a dual-core machine a few years back), it would take around 18 hours to do a similarly sized batch. 

I've found that turning on the Open MP setting in the Job Wizard causes it to run more slowly, at least on my machine.  One question I have is whether there is a way to configure the Render Server to start 8 slaves when it starts up?  It starts 2 slaves, and I have to manually start the other 6.

Anyway, thanks to the folks at Hash for making it work seamlessly on the new processor (the i9 was quite new when I bought my machine), taking full advantage of its processing power!

-Vance

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7 hours ago, Vance G said:

 One question I have is whether there is a way to configure the Render Server to start 8 slaves when it starts up?  It starts 2 slaves, and I have to manually start the other 6.
 

Yes there is.

Edit the Netrender.cmd file in your A:M program folder...

REM starts the rendermessnger in two instances for a dual core machine
REM renderserver should be started first
start renderserver_64.exe
timeout /t 15
start rendermessenger_64.exe
timeout /t 15
start rendermessenger_64.exe 

 

duplicate this portion for as many nodes as you need to start...
 

timeout /t 15
start rendermessenger_64.exe 

 

That file will get reverted it you later do a Help>Reset All Settings so you may wish to save a copy elsewhere.

 

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I've found that turning on the Open MP setting in the Job Wizard causes it to run more slowly

OpenMP enables multi processing, which probably has no advantage for NetRender.

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