Cycles: High Performance Blending

In our talk we will present the synergy between Blender and supercomputers. It is a continuation of our talk from the last year, but it will be more focused on practical use cases.

We will present our modified version of Cycles that supports HPC systems and enabled us rendering of Spring movie on our Intel Xeon Phi accelerated machine.

This version of Cycles is a core part of our newly developed user friendly interface called Rendering-as-a-Service (Raas) which is designed to hide the complexity of managing the computations on supercomputers. This enables blender community the easy use of HPC resources.

As supercomputers have very fast interconnect, they are naturally suitable for interactive rendering with Cycles. We will present the capabilities of both pure CPU based clusters and GPU accelerated machines.