Render Farm Optimization for Media and entertainment industry. We started Leap in April 2007. This project was designed for VXF and Animation industry. Pixion is one of the leading VFX and Animation studios in India. Once a film is shot, it is digitized and the after effects are added to it. Once all effects are done the film is rendered frame by frame. This process is called rendering and takes lot of time and very expensive IT hardware. Rendering process takes lot of computing power so huge cluster of servers are required to run the rendering process. Typical problem Area of VFX post production studio is the power required to run huge cluster of servers, the space these server racks take, high cost of IT hardware and the time taken by the rendering process. This process also draws lot of power thus putting huge pressure on the power resource which is already in great shortage. The traditional way of designing render farms is on 2 u form factor servers, where in each server takes more space, more power and offer less computing power for the rendering process.
So broadly the issues which forced us to design a solution for this industry are very high requirement of power, more power also means that hardware would generate that much more heat so it would need more cooling hence still require more power, high cost of hardware and very high wait time for the client. Tradition 2 u form factors take more space as well, each 42 u rack can’t accommodate more than 28 server, with increasing pressure on real estate, cost of real estate and scarcity of space was also a big factor for evolving an alternative solution.