I have been using blender as a hobbyist for almost a year now, and am looking for ways to speed up rendering so that I do not have to wait days at a time to render a project (mainly using luxrender ). I am planning on building my own personal renderfarm, which I will control with Luxrender’s native network render capabilities.
I have a few questions:
-Are there any problems running Blender or Luxrender on a server? With no coding experience I would be looking at a Windows system for it’s GUI. Will I be able to run everything I can on my Windows 7 machine?
-Will a server with a similar clock speed / core count to a desktop computer perform similarly at rendering tasks? And if so, why are they orders of magnitude cheaper for comparable specs? (for example a desktop with the specs of thisserver would cost at least 4 times as much) It seems too good to be true!
-If I have a server with multiple CPUs will threads automatically be distributed between them or do I need to go to extra lengths to ensure they are both used?
Lastly if anyone has embarked on a similar project in the past, I would greatly appreciate any general tips / advice you have to offer!