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  • Joe 4:50 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink  

    RenderStream SLI 2600K Desktop Demo 

    The RenderStream SLI2600k desktop is the ideal cost effective hardware solution for producing 3D graphics. The brief specs of the system include:

    CPU: i7 2600k 3.4 GHz processor (overclockable to 4.5 GHz)
    GPU: Dual GTX 580 with 3GB DDR5
    Memory: 16 GB DDR3
    Storage: Dual 1.5 TB hard drives (RAID 1)
    Cache: 20 GB SSD
    OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

    Please take a look as this video where we demonstrate how you can utilize our SLI2600k desktop to speed up the process of refining your work in a production environment.

    Today’s 3D production environment is very demanding on hardware resources. That said, the software you use is evolving and allowing you to utilize highly parallel processing units like the GPU. We realize everyone is on a budget and in order to get the most bang for your buck you need to shift your hardware dollars to the more cost effective, high computation components (GPUs), if your pipeline allows for you to work within their current constraints. (More …)

  • Joe 2:29 pm on September 6, 2011 Permalink  

    octanerender running on RenderStream’s 8 GPU VDACTr8 

    RenderStream recently tested Refractive Software’s octanerender on their 8 GPU VDACTr8 server. octanerender is an extremely fast un-biased GPU accelerated ray tracer. In this demo we show 8 GPUs working on a detailed interior space and converging on a high quality result in just a few seconds. We also demonstrate octanerender’s near perfect scalability when adding more GPUs to your renderfarm.

    octanerender can be used for very rapid visual feedback to refine your 3D scenes and output final animation.

    RenderStream VDAC products are ideal for anyone who wants to take advantage of GPU accelerated renderers like octanerender.

    Our VDAC products come equipped with anywhere from 2-8 GPUs and we can find a solution to meet your need and budget.

    For more information or to request a quote, please visit or write to or call 512-850-4098.

  • Joe 3:08 pm on August 23, 2011 Permalink  

    V-Ray RT running on a RenderStream VDACTr8 with 8x NVIDIA GTX 580 GPUs 

    Please make sure you watch the video in full screen HD quality.

    Recently RenderStream completed testing one of its VDACTr8 systems, which utilizes eight GTX 580 GPUs, on V-Ray RT, a GPU accelerated renderer.

    The video above covers in detail the speed improvements one can attain by using V-Ray RT in the activeshade viewport. This allows for extremely rapid visual feedback on your model, lighting and shader production.

    Additionally, we demonstrate how V-Ray RT can be used to render out draft/final animation sequences significantly faster than using the CPU based renderer.

    We also wanted to measure how the performance scales when running systems with 1-8 GPUs. We can confirm that performance scales linearly as you add more GPUs. To measure this we used the same scene, enabled each GPU one by one and noted the Kpaths/second value in the activeshade viewport. Below is a graph of these results.

    With the rendering revolution really beginning to take shape and GPU accelerated renderers rapidly advancing, you owe it to yourself to consider a RenderStream VDAC solution. As we noted in the video, we observed our VDACTr8 to be up to 68 times faster than dual 6-core X5680 CPUs.For more information or to request a quote, please visit or write to or call 512-850-4098.
  • Joe 7:19 pm on July 1, 2011 Permalink  

    RenderStream Summer Sale. 

    RenderStream is pleased to offer 10% off all of our computer graphics hardware solutions through the end of July. Blast though artistic iterations of your scenes with our 8 GPU servers. Build complex models and breathtaking animation with our cutting edge 3D Production workstations. Render your creations more quickly with our easy to manage render nodes and render farms.

    This promotion ends at the end of July so contact us today to take advantage of the savings. See below for more information.  (More …)

  • Joe 6:40 pm on May 11, 2011 Permalink  

    RenderStream Announces 21.6 TFLOP Servers and Workstations for OpenCL 

    RenderStream is pleased to Announce our AMD Radeon™ based  21.6 TFLOP servers and workstations for OpenCL / OpenGL / Brooks based applications and product development.

    OpenCL is rapidly a maturing programming language that, with it’s continued development, begins to rival CUDA, enabling high performance computing with AMD GPUs. GPGPU high-performance computing using AMD GPUs show great potential for information security, medical imaging, computer graphics and rendering,server side rendering, finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD), electro-magnetics, physics, bio-science and EDA. These systems need to be seriously considered in any development plans for GPGPU acceleration.

    If your application uses OpenCL / OpenGL / Brooks then consider our AMD Radeon™ HD 6970 based VDACTr8 or our HD 6990 based VDAC4x2. The 1536 stream processors and eight GPUs per system provide access to 12,288 cores and 21.6 TFLOPs of aggregate compute power. (Operating at an over clocked peak performance) (More …)

  • Joe 9:42 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink  

    3D Workstations: Tips On Getting The Best Value 

    When buying a new computer for CAD, modeling, rendering and visualization we all go through a decision tree based on what we need to do and what our budget is. Often the first decision is desktop versus workstation.

    Desktops cost less but are more proned to the “blue-screen-of-death” because of their lack of ECC error-correcting memory plus they lack a professional level remote management and the ability to play well with other computers in certain environments. Unfortunately blue-screens happen and in the case where money is on the line, such things should be mitigated by using workstations.

    But is faster always better when choosing a production/render workstation? In terms of rendering your shots on time? Perhaps. In terms of getting the most bang for your buck? Probably not. (More …)

  • Joe 2:03 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink  

    High Performance Computing In Information Security 

    The field of information security intends to protect information from unauthorized access and malicious use. In the digital world we live in, the vast majority of the worlds sensitive information resides on a computer system. Corporations and individuals alike are subject to the the threat of unauthorized access of their private data.

    RenderStream has recently learned that one of our customers, David Kennedy, has been using our VDACTr8 12 TFLOP systems for an interesting application. David is the director of information security for a Fortune 1000 security company and a leading expert in the field of penetration testing (read responsible hacking).

    (More …)

  • Joe 7:44 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink  

    RenderStream Express Workstations 

    RenderStream is pleased to announce our Express line of desktops and workstations which feature advanced bootable PCI-E solid state storage. These systems are the most cost effective way to take advantage the latest technology available to 3D animation professionals.

    What’s so special about these workstations?
    The past year we’ve seen some major software and hardware innovations that can drastically benefit your work flow. For example, utilizing GPU rendering is a must. The time saving benefits of getting rapid visual feedback in your viewport cannot be ignored. I/O (Hard Drive Input/Output Operations Per Second) can be considered one of the biggest bottlenecks in the CG pipeline today. Traditional CPU processing power will continue to be relevant for the foreseeable future. Finally, the size and scope of today’s scenes are getting more and more complex, thus requiring more RAM.

    RenderStream Express desktops and workstations address all of these issues in one cost effective package.

    (More …)

  • Joe 5:06 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink  

    RenderStream Announces 12 TFLOP Systems 

    RenderStream is pleased to announce our cost effective VDACTr8 systems that utilize up to eight Nvidia GTX 580 cards packing up to 4096 CUDA cores and 12 TFLOPs of compute power in a single workstation or 4U rack mounted system. These systems are low cost, high performance alternatives for certain types of HPC and GPU rendering applications.

    RenderStream has noticed that a growing number of its HPC customers are running applications that do not require large amounts of GPU memory nor double precision. To that end, we have developed and deployed multi-GTX based systems for our customers to meet this demand. Though it is true that GTX cards are not designed for the rigors of an HPC environment, we find that many of our customers are willing to overlook that aspect due to their low cost and extremely high computational abilities.

    It should be noted that we always recommmend Tesla over GTX because it is the defining and supported HPC solution. This is not a reflection on the quality of the GTX card. We just want our customers to be aware that using GTX cards in an HPC environment is not what they were truly designed to do.

    That being said, we have customers running GTX cards at fairly high load with no failures thus far. We build these systems for early application development and for the cases where Tesla is simply the wrong tool for the job.

    Based on customer input, the GTX 470 single GPU card replaces the discontinued GTX 295. Moreover, the eight card GTX 580 system far surpasses, in terms of compute power, our discontinued 16-GPU solution using 8 GTX 295 cards.

    Below are estimated prices of an 8X GTX 580 system compared to an 8X Tesla C2050 system:

    RenderStream VDACTr8 / GTX 580 GPGPU
    Dual X5650 2.67GHz 6-core,
    12GB memory
    80 GB X25-5 SSD boot drive
    500 GB HDD data drive
    3 year factory warranty
    Price: $14,225 (U.S. Price Only)

    Compared to..

    RenderStream VDAC8Tr8 / C2050 GPGPU
    Dual X5650 2.67GHz 6-core
    24 GB memory
    80 GB X25-5 SSD boot drive
    500 GB HDD data drive
    3 year factory warranty
    Price: $28,295 (U.S. Price Only)

    For more information on these systems or to request a quote please contact us at 512-850-4098 or email us at

    Note: Due to the current high demand of the GTX 580, lead time for these systems could be up to 45 days from time of purchase. Prices above are estimates.

  • Joe 1:12 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink  

    Solid State Flash Memory For Compositing 

    RenderStread GODBOX compositing workstations equiped with pci-e solid state flash memory. Call 512-850-4098 or email for a quote.

    In any workstation, render server or cluster, one will encounter bottlenecks. A  hardware bottleneck can be defined as any hardware component that limits or restricts another component from operating as fast as it should. In this article we’ll talk with Vincent Brisebois of FusionIO ( ) and go over why using solid state flash memory in CG production can drastically improve your studio’s performance. We would also like to introduce our GODBOX line of compositing workstations that take advantage of pci-e solid state flash memory.

    From a hardware standpoint, the fast clockspeeds of the CPU, as they continue to keep up with Moore’s Law, are becoming slightly less significant to the CG industry. Granted, we will all be relying on the CPU in our industry for years to come, but we’re starting to see things change. With the recent accomplishments in GPU rendering, you might have had to familiarize yourself with new terms like “CUDA cores” or “TFLOPS”. If you aren’t familiar with the term “IO” or “IOPS” you owe it to yourself to read on.
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