Thinkbox Deadline

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    Deadline is a hassle-free administration and compute management toolkit for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX based render farms. It offers a world of flexibility and a wide-range of management options for render farms and compute clusters of all sizes, and supports over 70 different content creation applications out of the box.

    Deadline 7.2

    In addition to built-in cloud support and integration with the latest 3D animation tools, Deadline 7 now also supports leading architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD, VRED, and VREDCluster, CSI’s CSiBridge, ETABS, SAFE, and SAP2000, EnergyPlus, and Bentley MicroStation.


    Deadline’s unique architecture removes the need for a centralized manager application by using a highly-scalable database and basic file sharing to manage the farm. As long as your Database and File Server are running, Deadline is running.


    Built with your creativity in mind, Deadline’s User Interface has evolved in response to extensive feedback from artists. The flexible and intuitive interface provides a unified experience to artists and administrators across all platforms.


    Deadline supports over 70 different rendering packages out of the box! For job submission, Deadline offers integrated submission scripts for 3ds Max, After Effects, AutoCAD, Blender, Cinema 4D, Clarisse iFX, Composite, Fusion, Generation, Guerilla, Hiero, Houdini, Lightwave, Maya, Messiah, Microstation, modo, Nuke, RealFlow, Rhino, SketchUp 3D, Softimage, and Vue, providing a comfortable native environment for cross-application tasks.


    With its Python based plug-in API, studios can customize the out of the box plug-ins and scripts to suit their individual pipelines, or create custom plug-ins to support in-house applications. Event plug-ins can be created to trigger events like updating pipeline tools when jobs are submitted or finish rendering, and Cloud plug-ins can be created to control VMs in public and private Cloud providers.


    Use numeric job priorities, machine groups and pools, and job-specific machine lists to explicitly control distribution of rendering resources among multiple departments. Limits allow you to handle both limited license plug-ins and render packages, while job, asset, and script based dependencies allow you to control when your jobs will begin rendering. Stick with the default First-in, First-out scheduling logic, or switch to a Balanced or Weighted system.


    Deadline can be configured to notify users of job completion or failure through an automatic e-mail notification or a popup message on the users’ machine.

    Administrators can also configure Deadline to notify them with information about Power Management, stalled Slaves, licensing issues, and other issues that may arise on the farm.

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    System requirements for Deadline 7
    Database Component
    • Windows Server 2003 and later (64-bit)
    • Linux (64-bit)
    • Mac OS X 10.7 and later (64-bit)
    • MongoDB 2.6.1 or later
    Minimim Hardware
    • 64-bit Architecture
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 4 Cores
    • RAID or SSD disks
    • 20 GB disk space

    Repository, License Server, and Client
    • Windows XP and later (32 and 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2003 and later (32 and 64-bit)
    • Ubuntu 12.04 and later (64-bit only)
    • Debian 7 and later (64-bit only)
    • Fedora 16 and later (64-bit only)
    • CentOS 6 and later (64-bit only)
    • RHEL 6 and later (64-bit only)
    • 10.7 (OS X Lion) and later (64-bit only)