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5.1.2 Iray Resource Manager for cloud rendering (Quadro VCA)

 
When choosing the Cloud tab the Iray Resource Manager provides a user interface to connect to a Quadro VCA or to Iray Server. Cloud Rendering let Iray for Maya 2.0 render on a computer that is connected via Internet or local network into Mayas Render View. Your local resource are not used by Iray for Maya 2.0 when Cloud Rendering is selected.
 
Note: When a connection to a Quadro VCA is established, Iray does not necessarily start rendering on the Quadro VCA. The final decision to use local or cloud rendering is done in the IFM Control Box.
 
Iray Resource Manager to set up the cloud rendering using Quadro VCA.
 
Type
You can choose to connect to a Quadro VCA or to Iray Server. To use a Quadro VCA, choose VCA.
 
Server Address
Type a valid server address to connect to a Quadro VCA. If you are not sure what the correct address is, ask your system administrator or read the Quadro VCA manual.
 
Server Port
Quadro VCA uses a fixed port. You can not modify this attribute.
 
Username
Type a valid user name to connect to a Quadro VCA. If you are not sure what the correct user name is, ask your system administrator or read the Quadro VCA manual.
 
Password
Type a valid password for the chosen user name to connect to a Quadro VCA.
 

HTTP Proxy

 
If you cannot reach an external Quadro VCA or Iray Server from your local network, you can establish a connection to the Quadro VCA or Iray Server using an HTTP proxy server. Check with your system administrator to find out whether or not an HTTP proxy server is already set up for your use.
 
Address
Type a valid proxy server to a Quadro VCA. If you are not sure what the correct proxy server is, ask your system administrator or read the Quadro VCA manual.
 
Username
Type a valid user name to connect to a Quadro VCA. If you are not sure what the correct user name is, ask your system administrator or read the Quadro VCA manual.
 
Password
Type a valid password for the chosen user name to connect to a Quadro VCA.
 
Connect
As soon as you set up the server address, user name and password correct you can connect to the Quadro VCA by clicking on the Connect button. After a successful login the Iray Resource Manager shows the status of the Quadro VCA cluster. Red boxes indicates nodes used by other users.
 
Iray Resource Manager after successfully connecting to a Quadro VCA
 
Reserve Nodes
Click on Reserve Nodes to activate the reservation of the chosen number of render nodes. Each node represents one single Quadro VCA. A selected number of nodes defines a cluster.
 
After a successful login and reservation of nodes, Iray Resource Manager shows the status of the Quadro VCA cluster. Red boxes indicates nodes used by other users. Green boxes are reserved by Iray for Maya 2.0
 
Iray Resource Manager after reserving nodes on a Quadro VCA
 
 
Invalid
This box appear red when the Iray for Maya version doesn't match with the version installed on the Quadro VCA. Contact the system administrator.
 
No Cluster
This box appears yellow when Iray for Maya is connected to a Quadro VCA but no cluster is defined. A cluster is a set of nodes. Each node represents one single Quadro VCA.
 
Ready
This box appears green when nodes are reserved and can be used by Iray for Maya.
 
Release Nodes
Hit this button after your rendering session is finished. This will release the reserved nodes for other Quadro VCA users.
 
Note: When the setup of the Quadro VCA is done Iray will not necessarily start rendering on the Quadro VCA. The final decision to use local or cloud rendering will be done in the IFM Control Box.
 
IFM Control Box with selected Cloud Render Mode
 
After the basic setup is done close the Render Manager and open the IFM Control Box. In the section Cloud Rendering of the IFM Control Box set Render Mode to Cloud. Now you can open the Render View window and start rendering. The rendering will happen on the Quadro VCA cluster.
 
For more information, see the chapter “IFM Control Box”.
 
Note: When you finish rendering on the Quadro VCA it is important to release the nodes after your session so that other user can have access to these nodes.