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About SquidNet

Render Farm Management

SquidNet is a network render farm manager that supports both cloud and local job rendering. Cloud (outside the local farm) rendering involves submitting job remotely via SquidNet’s Cloud User Interface (CUI). Local farm rendering involves submitting jobs inside the local render farm network using SquidNet’s Local User Interface (LUI).

Cloud Rendering

SquidNet’s cloud rendering workflow allows for direct submission of jobs from outside the local render farm network. Job submissions can be submitted from a desktop application or from a scriptable command line interface. All communications between remote and local connection are securely protected with OpenSSL AES 256 bit encryption.

Local Rendering

SquidNet’s local rendering workflow allows for direct submission of render jobs to a local render farm. Jobs can be submitted using the local job submission interface or from a scriptable command line interface. Standard job management operations (suspend, resume, cancel, etc…) are available from both the GUI and command line interfaces.

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Local Render Farm Management

Cloud Render Farm Service Management

Complete Render Farm Service Solution

Cloud-based Rendering

SquidNet’s cloud rendering solution includes a desktop GUI application. The CUI provides the interfaces for job submission, uploading image content, downloading rendered images, monitoring activity and job/usage report generation. It’s also the main gateway to SquidNet’s Cloud Command Line interface (CCL). The CUI is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.

Job Management Interface

SquidNet’s cloud job queuing system provides all the tools necessary to manage job submitted from outside the local render farm. Within the farm, all cloud-based jobs and local-based jobs reside within the same job queuing system. Internally, SquidNet doesn’t differentiate between cloud and local job submissions.

Studio Management Interface

SquidNet’s cloud rendering solution includes a sophisticated studio and user management system. Studio accounts are configured to include one or more user accounts, render pools, render nodes, rendering applications, available render credits and more. SquidNet’s proprietary Processor Performance Index (PPI) render credit usage system ensures that all users consume the exact same number of render credits regardless of the rendering horsepower of the rendering node.

Flexible interface

SquidNet’s extensible interface allows for rapid addition of special workflows. Basically, any rendering application that provides a command line interface or application programming interface (API) and be integrated into SquidNet’s workflow. Management of SquidNet workflows can be done using the following interfaces:

  • Local farm command line interface

  • Local JScript/JSON interface

  • SQL database queries

  • Remote (cloud) command line interface

  • Remote (cloud) JScript/JSON interface.

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Mixture of Cloud and Local Interfaces

Local RedShift Standalone Template

Render Pool Manager

Local Nuke Standalone Template

Create Render Pool

Local Maya Template

Local 3DSMax Template

Local FFMPEG Template

Local Blender Template

Cloud Render Leases

Cloud Recently Job Activity

Cloud Render Farm Configuration

Studio Account Configuration

Render Credit Configuration

Cloud Job Queue

Cloud Studio Accounts

Local Job Queue

SQL DB Job Search

Render Lease Configuration

Cloud 3DSMAX Template

Cloud Arnold Template

Cloud Blender Template

Cloud C4D Template

Cloud Maxwell Template

Cloud Maya Template

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

SquidNet’s licensing models are as follows:

  • Local license:
    • Good for all versions and future updates
    • Unlimited jobs and local users (RenderFarm account)
    • Command line interface and tools
    • SQL Database access
    • Based on number of local render nodes. Renewed annually
  • Cloud license:
    • Includes local license
    • Unlimited studio and user accounts
    • Remote command line interface and tools
    • Based on number of local render nodes. Renewed annually

The cloud interface provides the following types of reports:

  • Per-job render reports
  • Job error email notifications
  • Daily, weekly and monthly studio render reports
  • Periodic farm status render reports
  • Searchable SQL database (via cloud user interface )

 

You may have an unlimited number of studio accounts and users with the cloud interface. Each studio account provides an interface for admins to create an unlimited number of render accounts.

Technical support is provided by email, phone, Skype and remote desktop connections (AnyDesk, RDP, Teamviewer, etc…).

Free online training is provided upon license purchase. Typical training sessions are as follows:

  • Render Farm Installation (1 hour): Includes installation and setup of master, client and slave render nodes.
  • Local interface (1 hour): Includes job submission, troubleshooting and monitoring of farm activity.
  • Cloud Interface(2 hours): Includes cloud interface, studio and user account setup, render credit setup and monitoring of farm activity.

Please email us to schedule your training session.

SquidNet runs as a background service (daemon on Linux and Mac OS). This service runs at all times and is persistent between host restarts. The main SquidNet GUI connects to the service via direct inter-process communications (IPC – TCP/IP). Service prerequisites are as follows:

  • Windows (Vista, 7, 10, etc…):
    • Full Administrative privileges.
    • Network access privileges
    • Access credentials provided during installation phase
  • Mac OS and Linux:
    • Runs under system root account
    • Network access privileges

Render farms require centralized storage of render content. Farm render nodes access (render) the project content stored on the storage device. Upon render completion, the images are typically written to the same storage device.

Any network accessible storage (NAS) device will suffice. However, use of Windows (non-server) mapped drives are not recommended because Microsoft limits the number of concurrent network connections.

SquidNet uses render credits to determine the amount of rendering resources used by a specific job. Render credit consumption is base on the the PPI (Processor Performance Index) of the rendering node. Higher performing render nodes consume render credits at a higher rate than lower performing render nodes. However, in the end, the overall cost of rendering each frame is the same.

Job profiles are created from application templates and contain the rendering instructions and parameters for a render job. Both the local and cloud interfaces allow job profiles to be created, edited, submitted and saved. Each profile can be re-opened, edited and resubmitted to the render farm.

To obtain an evaluation license just send us an email with a short description of your requirements. Evaluation licenses are good for 15 days but can be extended upon request.

SquidNet supports the following rendering applications:

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk 3DSMAX
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Blender
  • The Foundry Modo
  • Newtek Lightwave
  • FFMPEG
  • Adobe After Effects
  • The Foundry Nuke
  • Maxwell Render
  • V-Ray Standalone
  • Redshift Standalone
  • more…

SquidNet can support any application that provides an API/SDK or command line interface.

Yes. A 20% license discount is provided for educational institutions.

Reseller agreements can be arranged. Please send us an email for additional information.

For feature requests and recommendations, please send us an email.

Pricing and Licensing

License purchasing instructions:

Instruction for purchasing SquidNet licenses are as follows:

  1. Select licensing model that best fits your needs.
  2. Order online thru PayPal by pressing “Order Now” button.
  3. Get us your render farm’s hardware keys by following these instructions.
  4. Once your online payment has been received, you’ll be sent an email with your unique license and installation instructions.
  • For further assistance or questions on evaluation licenses, please send us an email.

FREE RENDER FARM

$Free
  • 2 Render Nodes
  • 3 CPU/GPU Job Queue

LOCAL RENDER FARM

$5000Yearly (per node)
  • Unlimited Render Nodes
  • Unlimited CPU/GPU Job Queue
  • Training & Support

MULTI-USER

$7500Yearly (per node)
  • Unlimited Render Nodes
  • Unlimited CPU/GPU Job Queue
  • Single Studio Account
  • Unlimited User Accounts
  • SQL Database Access
  • Cloud User Interface
  • Training & Support

RENDER FARM SERVICE

12500Yearly (per node)
  • Unlimited Render Nodes
  • Unlimited CPU/GPU Job Queue
  • Unlimited Studio Accounts
  • Unlimited User Accounts
  • SQL Database Access
  • Cloud User Interface
  • Studio Management Interface
  • Lease Management Interface
  • Training & Support
  • License prices listed are per node and renewed annually.

  • A single node license covers either a master, client or slave node.

  • A “Single Studio Account” refers to the local “RenderFarm” account.

  • Training (typically 1 hour) and support (Email, phone, Skype, etc…) provided as needed.

  • Discounts available for educational institutions.

  • Reseller discounts are available (for inquiries, send us an email).

Get In Touch With Us

Please send us an email if  you have any questions on the following (response usually within 24 hrs):

  • Evaluation License

  • Support

  • Pricing

  • Development Partnership

  • Feature Request

  • Reseller Information

  • FeedBack


Latest Releases

SquidNet – v2.66
Cloud UI – v3.67
SquidNet – v2.66
Cloud UI – v3.67
SquidNet – v2.66
Cloud UI – v3.67
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