I thought I would announce here that we have completely re-vamped our LuxRender workflow to make it easier to manage LuxRender slave machines (LuxMachines) running within our farm.
Here's our announcement
on blenderrenders.com so you can see the details at your convenience, but I'll hit the high points here.
1. You still turn machines on and off simply.
2. Instead of using the network rendering built into LuxRender, you can upload your files to our ftp area.
3. Point your luxmachines to your lxs file and watch the FLM and PNG spit out.
4. Turn machines off when you like what you see or point them to other lxs files to process other scenes.
Another cool thing here is that we output an FLM, so if you want to have 5 or 6 machines render the same lxs, go for it. When you're done, you can download all the FLMs and merge them yourself, or you can merge them on our site and download just a single FLM. It's up to you.
Each machine is still a full 20GHz/8GB RAM for just a dollar an hour.
We're excited to include LuxRender in our service and have worked very hard to improve our functionality after working with our customers over the past few months. Please do not hesitate to contact me and I can personally help you get started with our new features.
PS We are happy to award the 4th place prize for the Simple is Beautiful competition to Aaron Solo. His entry