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  1. Multithreading

    Hey Guys i have a workstation with a Xeon E5-2660 Processor (lots of cores but only 2.2 GHz per core) How can i know what nodes are multi-threaded and what are single-threaded in Houdini? i wanna know where things start to get slow because of my cpu. I tried to google it but didn't find sth really useful.
  2. Desktop spec for FX

    Hi everyone, I am working with our IT department to built up a desktop for heavily FX work(mostly water and pyro simulations). Below are three options that we are considering about it, I am looking for any comments or recommendation on different configuration. Thank you
  3. Hey all, I have started using redshift a few months ago and so far i like it a lot.! I currently have one 1080ti 11gb gpu in the machine I am using it on. Would like to get either another one of those cards since the gpu prices seem to have dropped lately back to something more reasonable, or get 2 1070ti 8gb cards. I have heard that the performance diff is only like a 20% gain for the 1080 over the 1070's, so might be better off with getting 2 of the 1070's. The main question is though, what happens when you hit the render button on your redshift node for a sequence inside houdini if you have more than one gpu.? If I had 3 gpu's, would it automatically render frame one on the 1st gpu, frame 2 on the second, frame 3 on the 3rd and so on..? Would it render the first frame across all 3 cards simultaneously by breaking up the frame to submit to the different cards, is that even possible.? Do the extra gpu's only get used if you use a distributed rendering software like deadline or by launching RS renders from command line.? It seems like you have to launch from command line in order to get the other gpu's to render, but I have never worked with a machine with more than one gpu installed. If I were to submit a 100 frame render from within houdini by clicking the render to disk button on my RS node, would it only use the main gpu even with other gpu's installed.? Any info from artists using multi gpu systems would be great. I didn't find a lot of info about this on the redshift site, but might not have looked deep enough. The end goal would be to have the ability to kick off say 2 sequences to render on 2 of the gpu's while leaving my main gpu free to continue working in houdini, and if its time to end the work day, allow the main gpu to then render another sequence so all 3 cards are running at the same time. I will most likely need to get a bigger PSU for the machine, but that is fine. I am running windows 10 pro on a I7-6850K hex core 3.6ghz cpu with 64gig ram in an asus x99-Deluxe II MB if that helps evaluate the potential of the setup. One last question, sli bridges.? Do you need to do this if trying to setup 2 additional gpu's that will only be used to render RS on.? I do not wish to have the extra gpu's combined to increase power in say a video game. I don't know much about sli and when/why it's needed in multi gpu setups, but was under the impression that is to combine the power of the cards for gaming performance. Thanks for any info E
  4. Advice for building a computer for FX

    Hello, Over the summer, I'm planning to build a new PC for doing FX work (and also just general purpose). My brother put together this spec on pc part picker, (since he's more knowledgeable than me when it comes to hardware) but I thought I'd ask for advice as to where I should spend my money. Here's what I'm currently looking at: I've never built my own PC before so any advice you could give would be really helpful!
  5. I am about to buy some new hardware for a workstation that primarily are going to be used for working in Houdini. I am thinking of putting a Ryzen Threadripper 1950x in it, for the high amount of cores, and the relative low price in relation to some other Xeon CPU's. All my rendering is done in Octane, and the CPU will primarily be used for simulations. Are the 1950x, the right choice, for Houdini work?. For what I know, does Houdini support multithreading in almost every aspect, but does the high core count make up for a lower core speed. The alternative is a I9-7900X, where the cores are faster, but the number of cores are lower. Are there any other CPU alternatives in the price range (or a bit more expensive) that would give better performance?
  6. Hardware problems

    Hi guys! Have this really annoying problem - when I try to save the progress made in 3dmax after a pretty long time of work, the PC freezes and then reloads. This problem I have for already half a month. The only thing that helps is to autosave every 5 god damn minutes. I have no idea what is the problem. My hardware: Intel core i5, Nvidia GTX 780, 8 gb DDR 3, Hard 200 gb. maybe anyone could help, or have same problem
  7. Any suggestions or recommendations? Where do studios get their temporary gear for emergency jobs? Or do those venders only deal with 50+ seat setups? (and no I don't wanna build or buy my own rig just yet, I do know how awesome it is)
  8. Laptop Quadro or GTX, pros & cons

    Hello people! I am buying a laptop workstation to use while traveling for a few months later this year and I don't know if I should buy a laptop with a Quadro or a GTX card in it. What are the pros & cons? (price excluded) Does Houdini run better in general on Quadro cards? Also, feel free to drop some laptop recommendations if you have any! I've got my eyes on a Dell Precision 7710. Best regards, //Simon
  9. Hello, I was recently testing a flip simulation on a workstation with dual xeon 2630 v4 processors 10 cores each clocked at 2.2 GHZ, to my astonishment my laptops quadcore 4770HQ @2.2GHZ delivered ,not the same, but better FLIP simulation times. Can anyone explain to me why this is. I heard someone tell me something about threading. Can someone give me some insight on which nodes are multithreaded. with the smoke solver its stranger when my division size is higher like 0.2 the quadcore processor absolutely destroys the dual xeon, flying past the simulation. but when I start reducing that division size the xeon processors start to catch up and eventually when I am at a final render division size the xeons are ahead of the quadcore. Also when I cache out a simulation and check task manager when the cache is somewhere in the middle of the simulation(presumably where the flip simulation has the most particles to solve), task manager shows the cpu hovering around 2-3 %.
  10. Hey guys, I'm gonna buy a new PC and wanted to ask here for some suggestions. My budget is u$d 3000 to $5000 max My daily apps, Octane, Cinema 4D, Zbrush, After Effects, and currently learning Houdini, wanna do some heavy particle / volume based animations. Saw a friend list on amazon and gave me some ideas: 1) A solid state disk for the OS. Samsung 850 EVO - 2TB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E2T0B/AM) 2) Geforce gtx 980 (whats better, 3 gf 980 6gb or 1 titan z 12gb? 3) Intel Xeon E5-2630 v2 2.60 GHz Processor - Socket FCLGA2011 BX80635E52630V2 4) Motherboard? and RAM? These specs are more for the octane/c4d side, not sure how houdini works, if I need great ram, or great video card, any input will be appreciated Thanks!
  11. Hi there! I have a rapid question... there is some particular setting/option or check in Houdini (15) for improve the peformance with hadware? Actually I have: AMD FX 8350 @ 4GHz 32 GB of Ram ddr3 GTX 970 4GB (especially on this section) ssd pro evo OS: win 7 I see some time the "auto-update" of viewport is a few slow.... in alternative is change more the performance from 970 to 980TI or change more if I pass to Linux (fedora/ubunto or centOS) ? Thank you for now Matteo
  12. Hey Guys, I posted a build last week on reddit and got a lot of great responses. So I reworked the parts lists and now would like further advice and feedback from some houdini users! Bottomline Goals: -Stability and Power -Built for Effects simulation and rendering -3D Rendering - Below 5 Grand Thoughts: - I am prob going to move my mother board down to a Gigabyte UP4 - I want to go with a high end GPU but not a Quadro (There Price Performance still seems off to me) but you guys may have experience with better cards too! My biggest concern is GPU be far the only thing holding me back. I have read the system requirments for h13 and looked through the OdForce Wiki but I wanted to get more opinions on the GPU and see what everyone else is using. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3y87E Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3y87E/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3y87E/benchmarks/ CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($636.98 @ Newegg Canada) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Memory Express) Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ DirectCanada) Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($519.98 @ Newegg Canada) Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($447.48 @ Newegg Canada) Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($175.98 @ Newegg Canada) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB Superclocked Video Card ($1169.99 @ Memory Express) Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($152.91 @ DirectCanada) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Memory Express) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($149.99 @ Canada Computers) Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Canada Computers) Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Canada Computers) Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($34.99 @ Memory Express) Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($22.99 @ Memory Express) Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($22.99 @ Memory Express) Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($22.99 @ Memory Express) Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Memory Express) Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($64.99 @ NCIX) Total: $4866.43 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 04:24 EDT-0400)
  13. I wonder what specialists say about this: http://www.adapteva.com/products/silicon-devices/e64g401/ Is it any future for CGI rendering?