Someone recently pointed CUDA out to me and I wanted to know of any success stories of building a small render farm of pc’s with nvidia 8.x cards in them and using them either with mental ray (to render ambient occlusion maps), building lightmaps, or compressing textures for shaders down into the proper format.
We are looking at starting small with 4 boxes with sli which gives us about 8 8.x cards.
Anyone have any stats on how much faster such processes in theory are than just using like quad core cpu’s? I know the quad core cpu’s are more expensive, but I just wanted to get any feedback from the community here before digging into the api and working on the code.
For anyone who has done something similar, would you suggest using windows or the linux platform (pro’s or con’s?)
does anyone know if their are any plugins for maya that use mental ray or turtle that instead of using cpu satellite’s can use the gpu’s on the render farm?