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    DAM/MAM asset management solutions for animation
    posted by Mathew Sherman on Oct. 9, 2015, 10:13 a.m. (4 days ago)

    Anyone out there in a large animation/design company working in video and using an Asset Management System (DAM/MAM) to manage assets? Or are people still working of local storage or central server using simple shared folders? We're looking at adopting a MAM but most of them seem to lend themselves more to the print (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) world. When you start asking about managing animation projects in C4D, AfterEffects the conversation always gets awkward. Anyone care to post their workflow for managing their collective assets when working in a shared environment?

    Mathew.

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    Anyone out there in a large animation/design company working in video and using an Asset Management System (DAM/MAM) to manage assets? Or are people still working of local storage or central server using simple shared folders? We're looking at adopting a MAM but most of them seem to lend themselves more to the print (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) world. When you start asking about managing animation projects in C4D, AfterEffects the conversation always gets awkward. Anyone care to post their workflow for managing their collective assets when working in a shared environment?

    Mathew.


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    Dell making play for EMC/Isilon
    posted by Greg Whynott on Oct. 9, 2015, 10:20 a.m. (4 days ago)
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  • 10/09/15--07:35: amazing seri replacement app
  • amazing seri replacement app
    posted by Greg Whynott on Oct. 9, 2015, 10:35 a.m. (4 days ago)
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  • 10/09/15--08:40: Storage Recomendations?
  • Storage Recomendations?
    posted by Hasiel Hassan Alvarez Zavala on Oct. 9, 2015, 11:40 a.m. (4 days ago)
    Hi

    Im in charge of the evaluation of a new storage for a studio that is in production for a full cg animation featurefilm... right now our storage is small and slow, and in a long term plan we also want a scalable solution acording to the future needs...

    At the end, we are facing "Oracle ZFS 3" and "HP 3PAR"

    Leaving asidethe costof each,at the technical level, which would yourecommend and why?

    This are the specifications for each one:

    3PAR
    HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200c
    8 Disks 1.92TB 6G SAS 2.5in cMLC SSD
    54 Disks 6TB 6G SAS 7.2K 3.5in NL HDD.

    RAW Capacity: 302.4 TiB
    Useable Capacity: 189.3 TiB
    Estimated IOPS: 51347


    ZFS 3
    ZFS ZS3-2

    One Controler with:
    • 512 GB RAM
    • 4 SSD disk read acelerators of 1.6Tb
    Dos Trais DE2-24P with a total of:
    • 48 disks 900GB @ 10K RPM 2.5 inch SAS-2 HDD
    • 2 disk SSDwrite aceleratorsde 200GB
    Dos Trais DE2-24C with a total of:
    • 48 disks de 4TB @ 7.2K RPM 3.5 inch SAS-2 HDD
    • 2 disks SSD write acelerators of 200GB
    RAW Capacity:227 TiB
    Useable Capacity: 186 TiB
    Estimated IOPS: 46177


    For any feedback, Thanks in advanced!

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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Hi

    Im in charge of the evaluation of a new storage for a studio that is in production for a full cg animation featurefilm... right now our storage is small and slow, and in a long term plan we also want a scalable solution acording to the future needs...

    At the end, we are facing "Oracle ZFS 3" and "HP 3PAR"

    Leaving asidethe costof each,at the technical level, which would yourecommend and why?

    This are the specifications for each one:

    3PAR
    HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200c
    8 Disks 1.92TB 6G SAS 2.5in cMLC SSD
    54 Disks 6TB 6G SAS 7.2K 3.5in NL HDD.

    RAW Capacity: 302.4 TiB
    Useable Capacity: 189.3 TiB
    Estimated IOPS: 51347


    ZFS 3
    ZFS ZS3-2

    One Controler with:
    • 512 GB RAM
    • 4 SSD disk read acelerators of 1.6Tb
    Dos Trais DE2-24P with a total of:
    • 48 disks 900GB @ 10K RPM 2.5 inch SAS-2 HDD
    • 2 disk SSDwrite aceleratorsde 200GB
    Dos Trais DE2-24C with a total of:
    • 48 disks de 4TB @ 7.2K RPM 3.5 inch SAS-2 HDD
    • 2 disks SSD write acelerators of 200GB
    RAW Capacity:227 TiB
    Useable Capacity: 186 TiB
    Estimated IOPS: 46177


    For any feedback, Thanks in advanced!


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  • 10/09/15--11:20: Mac Pro farm
  • Mac Pro farm
    posted by Brian Krusic on Oct. 9, 2015, 2:20 p.m. (4 days ago)
    The new larger units in back were given to us under NDA so every one please keep a secret.

    They are the new Death Can ber servers.
     
    - Brian

    A good day is when no one shows up...
    and you don't have to go anywhere."

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    The new larger units in back were given to us under NDA so every one please keep a secret.

    They are the new Death Can ber servers.
     
    - Brian

    A good day is when no one shows up...
    and you don't have to go anywhere."


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  • 10/11/15--22:15: IPAM
  • IPAM
    posted by  on Oct. 12, 2015, 1:15 a.m. (1 day ago)
    What are you using to track/manage IPs? Anybody using an appliance to dish out dns/dhcp/tftp ala infoblox or bluecat?

    thanks

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    What are you using to track/manage IPs? Anybody using an appliance to dish out dns/dhcp/tftp ala infoblox or bluecat?

    thanks


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    Security Audit and Penetration Testing Company
    posted by  on Oct. 12, 2015, 5:55 a.m. (1 day ago)
    Good Morning everyone,
    can someone recommend a company which specializes in Audit / Penetration Testing for Postproduction / VFX Studios?

    I came across Bishop Fox (http://www.bishopfox.com/), which was the company that tested Shotgun, and was wondering who else is out there.


    Cheers
    Jatha


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    Good Morning everyone,
    can someone recommend a company which specializes in Audit / Penetration Testing for Postproduction / VFX Studios?

    I came across Bishop Fox (http://www.bishopfox.com/), which was the company that tested Shotgun, and was wondering who else is out there.


    Cheers
    Jatha


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    Security Audit and Penetration Testing Company
    posted by  on Oct. 12, 2015, 6:05 a.m. (1 day ago)

    Hi,

     

    Im aware of a dutch company called FOX IT,

     

    https://www.fox-it.com/en/

     

    Met vriendelijke groet / Kind Regards,

    United


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    From: studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com [mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com] On Behalf Of Jathavan Sriram | Harvest
    Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 11:54 AM
    To: studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Subject: [SSA-Discuss] Security Audit and Penetration Testing Company

     

    Good Morning everyone,
    can someone recommend a company which specializes in Audit / Penetration Testing for Postproduction / VFX Studios?

    I came across Bishop Fox (http://www.bishopfox.com/), which was the company that tested Shotgun, and was wondering who else is out there.


    Cheers
    Jatha

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    Hi,

     

    Im aware of a dutch company called FOX IT,

     

    https://www.fox-it.com/en/

     

    Met vriendelijke groet / Kind Regards,

    United


    Harm van Houten | IT Architect

    T

    035-7733278

    M

    06-51433378

    F

    035-7733107

    harm.vanhouten@united4all.nl
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    From: studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com [mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com] On Behalf Of Jathavan Sriram | Harvest
    Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 11:54 AM
    To: studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Subject: [SSA-Discuss] Security Audit and Penetration Testing Company

     

    Good Morning everyone,
    can someone recommend a company which specializes in Audit / Penetration Testing for Postproduction / VFX Studios?

    I came across Bishop Fox (http://www.bishopfox.com/), which was the company that tested Shotgun, and was wondering who else is out there.


    Cheers
    Jatha

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    Phone: +49/ 40 411 880 500
    sriram@harvest-postproduction.com
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    ftrack webinar - Smart Content Management.
    posted by Fredrik Limsater on Oct. 13, 2015, 12:58 p.m.

    Hi guys, just a heads up that we have a 30-minute webinar session tomorrow morning (PST) /evening (CET) Oct 14, where we talk about ftrack’s new Smart Content Management, covering performance , hybrid security, multi-site cache and control of your media content. 9:00am PST, 5:00pm BST, 6:00pm CET. It's a new feature so would love to hear your input on how it can evolve.

    You can read more about Smart Content Management here: https://www.ftrack.com/2015/09/ftrack-3-3-smart-content-management.html
    Register for the webinar here: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/webinar/register/1088338
    More webinars and future webinars will be posted here: https://www.ftrack.com/webinar

    Thanks,
    Fredrik, CEO ftrack

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    Hi guys, just a heads up that we have a 30-minute webinar session tomorrow morning (PST) /evening (CET) Oct 14, where we talk about ftrack’s new Smart Content Management, covering performance , hybrid security, multi-site cache and control of your media content. 9:00am PST, 5:00pm BST, 6:00pm CET. It's a new feature so would love to hear your input on how it can evolve.

    You can read more about Smart Content Management here: https://www.ftrack.com/2015/09/ftrack-3-3-smart-content-management.html
    Register for the webinar here: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/webinar/register/1088338
    More webinars and future webinars will be posted here: https://www.ftrack.com/webinar

    Thanks,
    Fredrik, CEO ftrack


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    License Server reporting tools?
    posted by Doug Meyer on Oct. 14, 2015, 9:50 a.m. (1 day ago)
    What is everyone using for license usage reporting?  

    I'm looking for something that can monitor a number if different flexlm and RLM's etc and give a central place to monitor usage rates etc.

    Doug

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    What is everyone using for license usage reporting?  

    I'm looking for something that can monitor a number if different flexlm and RLM's etc and give a central place to monitor usage rates etc.

    Doug


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    27" Stereo Monitor - recommendations
    posted by  on Oct. 14, 2015, 5:50 p.m. (1 day ago)

    Folks,

     

    Just wanted to suss out any thoughts and experiences you may have with 27” stereo monitors.  We are going to look at replacing the very aged fleet of Alienware monitors we have here.  The task only just came up so I haven’t had much breathing space to start looking around, but was just hoping to build up a list from you guys to see what may be good to look into or what is something to definitely steer away from.

     

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    Folks,

     

    Just wanted to suss out any thoughts and experiences you may have with 27” stereo monitors.  We are going to look at replacing the very aged fleet of Alienware monitors we have here.  The task only just came up so I haven’t had much breathing space to start looking around, but was just hoping to build up a list from you guys to see what may be good to look into or what is something to definitely steer away from.

     

    Cheers

     

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    Swap size and tuning for 3D rendering on CentOS 6/7
    posted by Fredrik Averpil on Oct. 17, 2015, 3:48 a.m. (1 day ago)

    We have a mix of CentOS 6/7 render blades equipped with 64 GB of RAM. They have swap partition sizes ranging from 3-16 GB.

    What is the recommended swap partition size for a 3D render machine with 64 GB of RAM, would you say?

    They are also equipped with 128 GB SSD drives.

     

    Cheers,

    Fredrik

     

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    We have a mix of CentOS 6/7 render blades equipped with 64 GB of RAM. They have swap partition sizes ranging from 3-16 GB.

    What is the recommended swap partition size for a 3D render machine with 64 GB of RAM, would you say?

    They are also equipped with 128 GB SSD drives.

     

    Cheers,

    Fredrik

     


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    Swap size and tuning for 3D rendering on CentOS 6/7
    posted by Jez Tucker on Oct. 17, 2015, 7:50 a.m. (1 day ago)
    Zero.

    If you're swapping, you need more RAMor to optimise your scenes. I.E. if you're in swap, you're not rendering efficientlybut spending time moving pages in and out of swap.

    That said, it never hurts to have some swap allocated just in case something goes awry. The old adage used to be be 1.5 - 2x RAM.
    Though you may wish to play with thevm.swappiness etc.setting as appropriate.

    Useful links :


    Best,

    Jez


    On Saturday, 17 October 2015, Fredrik Averpil <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    We have a mix of CentOS 6/7 render blades equipped with 64 GB of RAM. They have swap partition sizes ranging from 3-16 GB.

    What is the recommended swap partition size for a 3D render machine with 64 GB of RAM, would you say?

    They are also equipped with 128 GB SSD drives.

    Cheers,

    Fredrik


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    Zero.

    If you're swapping, you need more RAMor to optimise your scenes. I.E. if you're in swap, you're not rendering efficientlybut spending time moving pages in and out of swap.

    That said, it never hurts to have some swap allocated just in case something goes awry. The old adage used to be be 1.5 - 2x RAM.
    Though you may wish to play with thevm.swappiness etc.setting as appropriate.

    Useful links :


    Best,

    Jez


    On Saturday, 17 October 2015, Fredrik Averpil <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    We have a mix of CentOS 6/7 render blades equipped with 64 GB of RAM. They have swap partition sizes ranging from 3-16 GB.

    What is the recommended swap partition size for a 3D render machine with 64 GB of RAM, would you say?

    They are also equipped with 128 GB SSD drives.

    Cheers,

    Fredrik


    This email is confidential in that it is intended for the exclusive attention of the addressee(s) indicated. If you are not the intended recipient, this email should not be read or disclosed to any other person. Please notify the sender immediately and delete this email from your computer system. Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the company from which this email was sent and, whilst to the best of our knowledge no viruses or defects exist, no responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage arising from its receipt or subsequent use of this email.

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    Swap size and tuning for 3D rendering on CentOS 6/7
    posted by David Leach on Oct. 18, 2015, 5:15 p.m. (1 day ago)

    +1 for tiny swap. 


    I'd (personally) go for however much ram is used on an idle machine. If a render goes over a little bit then theoretically something that's not all that important will move into swap. If you've pushed so hard the render needs pages that are in swap something needs to change/ be oomed.




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    Sent: Sunday, 18 October 2015 2:55 a.m.
    To: studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Subject: Re: [SSA-Discuss] Swap size and tuning for 3D rendering on CentOS 6/7
     
    +1

    On Oct 17, 2015, at 4:47 AM, Jez Tucker <jtucker@pixitmedia.com> wrote:

    Zero. 

    If you're swapping, you need more RAM or to optimise your scenes.  I.E.  if you're in swap, you're not rendering efficiently but spending time moving pages in and out of swap.

    That said, it never hurts to have some swap allocated just in case something goes awry. The old adage used to be be 1.5 - 2x RAM. 
    Though you may wish to play with the vm.swappiness etc. setting as appropriate. 

    Useful links :


    Best,

    Jez


    On Saturday, 17 October 2015, Fredrik Averpil <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    We have a mix of CentOS 6/7 render blades equipped with 64 GB of RAM. They have swap partition sizes ranging from 3-16 GB.

    What is the recommended swap partition size for a 3D render machine with 64 GB of RAM, would you say?

    They are also equipped with 128 GB SSD drives.

     

    Cheers,

    Fredrik

     


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    +1 for tiny swap. 


    I'd (personally) go for however much ram is used on an idle machine. If a render goes over a little bit then theoretically something that's not all that important will move into swap. If you've pushed so hard the render needs pages that are in swap something needs to change/ be oomed.




    From: studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com <studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com> on behalf of Saker Klippsten <sakerk@gmail.com>
    Sent: Sunday, 18 October 2015 2:55 a.m.
    To: studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Subject: Re: [SSA-Discuss] Swap size and tuning for 3D rendering on CentOS 6/7
     
    +1

    On Oct 17, 2015, at 4:47 AM, Jez Tucker <jtucker@pixitmedia.com> wrote:

    Zero. 

    If you're swapping, you need more RAM or to optimise your scenes.  I.E.  if you're in swap, you're not rendering efficiently but spending time moving pages in and out of swap.

    That said, it never hurts to have some swap allocated just in case something goes awry. The old adage used to be be 1.5 - 2x RAM. 
    Though you may wish to play with the vm.swappiness etc. setting as appropriate. 

    Useful links :


    Best,

    Jez


    On Saturday, 17 October 2015, Fredrik Averpil <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    We have a mix of CentOS 6/7 render blades equipped with 64 GB of RAM. They have swap partition sizes ranging from 3-16 GB.

    What is the recommended swap partition size for a 3D render machine with 64 GB of RAM, would you say?

    They are also equipped with 128 GB SSD drives.

     

    Cheers,

    Fredrik

     


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  • 10/18/15--19:45: Installing apps locally
  • Installing apps locally
    posted by  on Oct. 18, 2015, 10:45 p.m. (1 day ago)
    We're a small shop >50 artists so having nfs mounted software seems overkill. I plan to install maya, nuke etc locally on our cent6 boxes with SSDs. Maybe even keep homedirs local too but I'm still debating on it. For those that are installing DCC tools locally on your Linux boxes, how do you take care of having multiple versions installed? Do you backup your workstations? -gab To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    We're a small shop >50 artists so having nfs mounted software seems overkill. I plan to install maya, nuke etc locally on our cent6 boxes with SSDs. Maybe even keep homedirs local too but I'm still debating on it. For those that are installing DCC tools locally on your Linux boxes, how do you take care of having multiple versions installed? Do you backup your workstations? -gab To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 10/19/15--09:45: ZFS CPU usage planning
  • ZFS CPU usage planning
    posted by Ali Poursamadi on Oct. 19, 2015, 12:45 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Hello ZFS gurus out there,
    I'm doing some experiments with freenas and ZFS. The server is a dual processor, 6 core Xeon X5650 running at 2.67, 12 cores ( 24 threads ), 96G of ram. My ZFS pool consists of 3 RaidZs (4+1 Drives), no atime, no deduplication, gzip ( fastests ) compression. When I'm writing data to it over 10G, NFS, CPU usage goes up to 85%-90% and the copy maxes out at 300-400 MB/s. the kernel is using most of the CPU, interrupts are taking about 20% of one of the threads, nfsd is taking about 5-10% of one of the threads.

    Questions:
    Is it normal CPU usage for processing ~350MB/s of throughput /3 RaidZs/gzip compression ?
    what do you suggest I look into to explore this problem ?

    Best
    Ali

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    Hello ZFS gurus out there,
    I'm doing some experiments with freenas and ZFS. The server is a dual processor, 6 core Xeon X5650 running at 2.67, 12 cores ( 24 threads ), 96G of ram. My ZFS pool consists of 3 RaidZs (4+1 Drives), no atime, no deduplication, gzip ( fastests ) compression. When I'm writing data to it over 10G, NFS, CPU usage goes up to 85%-90% and the copy maxes out at 300-400 MB/s. the kernel is using most of the CPU, interrupts are taking about 20% of one of the threads, nfsd is taking about 5-10% of one of the threads.

    Questions:
    Is it normal CPU usage for processing ~350MB/s of throughput /3 RaidZs/gzip compression ?
    what do you suggest I look into to explore this problem ?

    Best
    Ali


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    Swap size and tuning for 3D rendering on CentOS 6/7
    posted by  on Oct. 19, 2015, 6:35 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Swap will give you a little breathing room to swap out unnecessary processes that might be lying around during rendering, or ram for tools that are infrequently used (such as a stowed web browser someone left open on a render node desktop or a firefox plugin-container that started sucking up ram because some flash advertisement decided to stream a 15 minute ad during a long render) A good reason to leave desktops off, but this kinda thing can happen with non-desktop bg daemons too. IIRC, on macs swap is dynamically assigned on demand as needed; new files will appear in /var/vm as pressure on ram increases. Best to leave that stuff alone, I'd think, and just purge them once in a while if too many accumulate. Or perhaps there's some cap you can enforce to prevent those from getting too numerous. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Swap will give you a little breathing room to swap out unnecessary processes that might be lying around during rendering, or ram for tools that are infrequently used (such as a stowed web browser someone left open on a render node desktop or a firefox plugin-container that started sucking up ram because some flash advertisement decided to stream a 15 minute ad during a long render) A good reason to leave desktops off, but this kinda thing can happen with non-desktop bg daemons too. IIRC, on macs swap is dynamically assigned on demand as needed; new files will appear in /var/vm as pressure on ram increases. Best to leave that stuff alone, I'd think, and just purge them once in a while if too many accumulate. Or perhaps there's some cap you can enforce to prevent those from getting too numerous. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 10/19/15--19:25: Qube scalability
  • Qube scalability
    posted by Samuel Nair on Oct. 19, 2015, 10:25 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Wanted to find out if anyone had experience running Qube at scale of 500+ render nodes (maybe up to 1000).

    We have a small render farm (200+) at the moment, but are going to be undergoing a sizeable growth in our farm size over the course of the next few months. One of the biggest concerns i have is in regard to Qube and its ability to handle that scale.

    We have had a few Qube outages in the past where it looked like the qube workers were effectively DDOS'ing the Mysql DB and it required a complete shutdown of all workers and server and then a gradual restart.

    PipelineFX support recommends adding SSD's for mysql and ensuring that there are enough cores for the service. Which is valid, but i am not convinced that will be good enough.

    Anyone has any stories from the trenches about using Qube and how it handled scale ?. Also Tractor is looking increasingly attractive as an option.

    -sam
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    Wanted to find out if anyone had experience running Qube at scale of 500+ render nodes (maybe up to 1000).

    We have a small render farm (200+) at the moment, but are going to be undergoing a sizeable growth in our farm size over the course of the next few months. One of the biggest concerns i have is in regard to Qube and its ability to handle that scale.

    We have had a few Qube outages in the past where it looked like the qube workers were effectively DDOS'ing the Mysql DB and it required a complete shutdown of all workers and server and then a gradual restart.

    PipelineFX support recommends adding SSD's for mysql and ensuring that there are enough cores for the service. Which is valid, but i am not convinced that will be good enough.

    Anyone has any stories from the trenches about using Qube and how it handled scale ?. Also Tractor is looking increasingly attractive as an option.

    -sam

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  • 10/20/15--01:25: Isilon VAR in Los Angeles
  • Isilon VAR in Los Angeles
    posted by  on Oct. 20, 2015, 4:25 a.m.
    Looking to spec out or storage, Any recommendations for Isilon VAR in LA? Please feel free to contact me offline if prefered. Thanks! -gab To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Looking to spec out or storage, Any recommendations for Isilon VAR in LA? Please feel free to contact me offline if prefered. Thanks! -gab To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 10/21/15--02:21: Hello!
  • Hello!
    posted by Doug on Oct. 21, 2015, 5:21 a.m.

    Just signed up and wanted to say hello, "Hello!". Just started up a new company in London, UK providing private cloud rendering solutions and this looks like a natural habitat for the likes of me.

    Do SSA hold many events in London similar to the one held in August this yesr?

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    Just signed up and wanted to say hello, "Hello!". Just started up a new company in London, UK providing private cloud rendering solutions and this looks like a natural habitat for the likes of me.

    Do SSA hold many events in London similar to the one held in August this yesr?


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