Help understanding hardware and rendering terminolgy


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So I’ve trying to figure out the render farm I’m working on. But anyone who knows anything about it is in India and only communicates pretty sporadically.

Here are some questions I have.

  1. What is the difference between a thread and a core? I thought I knew the difference but then my VFX supe told me they were the same thing. That’s not what I had learned, but I wasn’t about to argue with him about it.

  2. When you are talking about render hardware and blades…what does a slot refer to? One of the people I was talking to said that on our farm: we have machines with different numbers of cores. 24, 48 and 72. The 48 core machines have 4 slots. The 72 core machines have 6 slots for 12 threads and 4 slots for 16 threads.

Thanks!