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Building Render Farms in the Cloud— Using Amazon EC2 for On-Demand Rendering
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Alex Lorman
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Description

Not everyone can afford either the cost or infrastructure of a permanently installed server farm used for completing projects. This course will teach users the most effective methodologies for quickly creating a server farm (based on the Backburner application) using Amazon.com, Inc.'s, Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) servers, which are paid on an on-demand basis. We will cover basic use of Amazon's system, and we will focus on how to configure specific parameters within the Backburner app so that rendering can run successfully on a virtualized on-demand network.

Key Learnings

  • Learn the basic operation of the Amazon EC2 control panel
  • Discover the differences between deploying the Backburner application locally and remotely
  • Learn how to troubleshoot issues between computers on the Amazon EC2 farm
  • Learn how to activate an entire farm on Amazon EC2 on demand

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Alex Lorman earned a BS in architecture from the Catholic University of American in 2011, and he worked in architecture until he became bored and managed to talk TITAN Salvage's managing director, Rich Habib, into hiring him on a freelance basis. He has worked on many TITAN projects over the last 2 years, including the ongoing removal of the Costa Concordia from the rocks in Italy. Alex uses any and all software that can help him to do his job with increased ease, quickness, and accuracy, and he specializes in taking ideas from conception through their construction in steel—on time, on budget, and to specification, by whatever means necessary. Whether he's in front of a computer or in coveralls with a welding rig, large-scale projects and short deadlines are just parts of the challenge. Great software can always make it better.
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