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IFD rendering over the farm May 9, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

I would definitely support partitions to batch render, yes. We entirely rely on ifds for farm rendering, so the feature would really help a lot. Good to know it's not only a restriction with ifds but with deadline as a whole, too !

Thanks for the info, I'll look into RFE'ing this tomorrow.

IFD rendering over the farm May 9, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Heey it's me, again. Still about Deadline. Please note there is some progression here, I've now reached the rendering steps! Yay!

So that's more of a question for now : I created the IFD locally for now, but whenever I try to send them on the farm using a deadline scheduler, the default behaviour creates one job per frame. Obviously with 16 wedges of 200 frames each it's a bit overkill.

I'm looking to reproduce the default deadline behaviour which is to create one job with 200 tasks for each of my wedges.

I tried partionning before submitting with a frame range defined in the scheduler, but the machines seem to never be able to complete their task AND they all seem to be trying to render the first Ifd 200 times instead of the 200 ifds once.

Question is : using PDG, is creating a deadline Mantra job with multiple tasks, one for each frame, possible, or does the renderifd node requires more customisation at this point ?

PDG product configurator May 7, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

You'll need to set $HFS in Deadline's Configure Repository Options. It should point to your Houdini installation on the farm machines. The error was due to Deadline not finding $HFS and therefore concatenating with the default Deadline job path.

See screenshot.

Alternatively, you can also just add a HFS variable in your scene. It should also be pointing to the Houdini path the farm machines have access to. Our custom launcher set that variable for us so it's a bit easier when you potentially have different production / daily builds installed.
Remember to transform any \ to /, not sure it's necessary anymore but it's often the root of some issues at some point