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  11 November 2013
ya, I install VNC on my slaves as well but mostly just use ssh to the Linux machines. I have some nice scripts to sleep the slaves after batch render:

echo "ssh -t user@10.0.1.x 'sudo /usr/sbin/pm-suspend'" > ~/Desktop/temps/
sudo chmod +x ~/Desktop/temps/
open -a /Applications/Utilities/ ~/Desktop/temps/

and my terminal always has a window with the CentOS machine in it. type "sm" and it sleeps

I am kind of on the fence about the 12-core for the reasons you mention. I have to review the machine for Ars Technica and the money they will pay will make up for the difference in price between them but I have to see a final price to be sure. Most of my waiting time is spent on renders so I will definitely benefit from the 12-core but I don't like that low 2.7GHz clock speed I have reviewed other Mac Pros with 12-cores/24-threads and know how badly threaded many tasks are so it's a real juggling game. Nuke, Mari, Photoshop, and all other poorly-threaded Maya ops would be faster on the 8-core for sure. Ditto for my virtual machine renders, which max out at 16 core/threads. But I don't expect the 12-core to be more than $1000 more than the 8-core unless Apple really adds a lot of overhead to the retail price of the chips:

Xeon E5-1680 v2 8 3.0 GHz $1723
Xeon E5-2697 v2 12 2.7 GHz $2614

from here:

Last edited by cgbeige : 11 November 2013 at 02:01 AM.
  11 November 2013
We're going with the 3ghz, 10-core dual 2690v2 in our nodes. Seems like the best compromise
  11 November 2013
If someone want to go dual processor then I agree with you that the 2690 v2 are the best highend Xeon CPUs, but as I said no more dual Xeon for me(and I've used dual CPU workstation in the last 15 years). Today I can benefit from distributed rendering on much cheaper machines, my only limit is the gigabit network capacity but I'm not going to saturate the bandwidth anytime soon with only a few nodes. Of course there are some cases in which more powerful xeon system are needed(if you need more than 64gb for example).
  11 November 2013
Mavericks supports IP over Thunderbolt which would be amazing for slaves. 20Gb/s for the new Mac Pro would make that a crazy fast option for distributed rendering
  11 November 2013
Yes, IP over thunderbolt 2.0 will be amazing. Much cheaper than 10gigabit Ethernet and two time faster. Unfortunately there is not an easy way to build cheap nodes with thunderbolt at the moment. Hope things get better in the near future because this technology have a lot of potential.
  11 November 2013
ya, if Hackintoshes were more reliable, that would be a good option for headless slaves and Thunderbolt but I found them to be a nightmare and that was without attempting TBolt support.
  02 February 2014
Ready to build two more render nodes to complement my new workstation
Almost the same hardware as the first two slaves, just a different ssd(Adata-128GB).
I'll have everything running in a couple days. Total cost for 4 nodes ~4500$, overall Cinebench15 score ~5000 points + ~1250 from the nMP.
  02 February 2014
So, what was your final setup?
  02 February 2014
Originally Posted by okmijun: ^
So, what was your final setup?

4 nodes I7-4930K @4.2ghz(inside the old G5 enclosure), one new MacPro 8core as a main workstation, eventually I can also add two old 8core machine to my small farm. Now I'm waiting for a new monitor:
and a new thunderbolt NAS to replace my old one, then I'll be set for the next 4/5 years
  02 February 2014
Whats the res of this monster?
  02 February 2014
3440x1440 pixel
  02 February 2014
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