project pandora 3ds max in the cloud

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NVIDIA and Autodesk are working on “Project Pandora” to bring Autodesk 3ds Max and iray rendering to the cloud.

At Autodesk University (AU) 2011 in Las Vegas this week, NVIDIA demonstrating how Project Pandora harnesses the compute power of a GPU cluster on any Flash-capable PC running 3ds Max and iray. This allows 3ds Max users to add virtual dual-GPU rendering machines to their workflow on demand. Unlike “batch” network rendering – where each machine renders one frame – Project Pandora coordinates the entire cluster to accelerate the current frame. Jobs that used to take over a day can now be done in under an hour by leveraging dozens of cloud nodes.

But supercharging iray and 3ds Max production rendering is just the start. Once scenes are in the Pandora cloud environment, they can be interactively viewed from a web browser. With Project Pandora, designers can serve up photorealistic tours from the lightest weight of machines, or simply give clients and colleagues the power to interact and view the scene for themselves.

Project Pandora demo using 3ds Max and iray at AU 2011 Las Vegas shows that efficient, on-demand cloud rendering is a reality.

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