Loki Render – the render farm.

What is Loki software?
If you having several computers work together can greatly decrease the total time needed.
Loki Render is a cross-platform job queue manager for rendering 3D frames.
Loki Render distributes the rendering of Blender 3D images named frames across several computers.
How to install the software?
You can download this software from sourceforge.net.
Extract the zip file.

  • Windows: double-click “lokiRender_062.exe”.
  • Linux/Mac/Solaris: browse to the extracted directory and run “launchLoki.sh“.
  • Or, on all platforms, just run something like “java -jar lokiRender_062.jar“.

How to set Loki software?
I try this software with a blend file created with blender 2.49.
I use two computers. First is server on Fedora 12 and second is on XP.
On File -> Preferences ( Ctr+P ) you can set the role of rendering.
I set “Master and Grunt” on Fedora 12
and “Grunt” on XP. You can set the limit of memory space.
On the second tab “local grunt”  you need to set the PATH of blender ( on Fedora is /usr/bin/blender.bin).
The same settings must be set in Windows XP. The other settings are for advanced users.
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How to add a job on Loki software?
First click on “Jobs”  – >  “New”  ( Ctrl + N keys) . This will be open to a new window.
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Press the “Browser” button to add your blend file. The result will be on “Output Directory”.
You can set “First Frame” and “Last Frame”. The result will be a set of images from first on the last frame.
This is a screenshot of Loki software running:
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