Our supercomputer, which is used in the rendering process of your scenes, has won a prestigious award for the most innovative business of the region. It’s a summary of two years of hard work, during which we created the hardware architecture and software.
We are very happy, that our solution won recognition from the contest’s committee, which consisted of professors from three universities, representatives of employers’ associations and regional authorities.
In our opinion, it’s was a great opportunity to share some information about the Copernicus, the heart of our render farm. Let’s start with the fact, that on our website, there are no stock photos. What you can see there, is the real Copernicus, our supercomputer with the computing power of 55 teraflops.
You can acquire this power with a proverbial single click thanks to our plugin(link). However, this post is not going to be about our service, but about what tigers like the most, pure, unhampered computing power. You can find several dozen “recipes” for a render farm on the internet, but the Copernicus is a step further. It’s not just a group of connected servers, which renders your frames. It’s a true ecosystem with particular elements precisely designed for executing theirs tasks and for doubling tasks of others. The Copernicus fits in 6 rack cabinets, however, if you destroyed 4 of them, it would still be working fine. Copernicus’ resources can be fluently assigned to particular tasks and dynamically reassigned to other tasks. It’s enough to say, that reprogramming the whole Copernicus (for example by adding a new plugin) takes less than 5 minutes. What is the Copernicus’ speed in more comprehensible than teraflops indexes? It equals about 1300 average PC’s, so rendering which normally takes two months, can be done within one hour. The capacity of the network, setup inside the Copernicus, is enough to satisfy the needs of a small town.
Such a computing power should not be wasted, therefore from February the Copernicus is going to be included in scientific projects of the local university. Various scientific researches have been planned to be undertaken, one of them is crucial for launching the Polish Optic Atomic Clock. The Copernicus is going to be facilitated to our scientists for free, it’s our humble contribution to the development of our region.
The Copernicus is currently the fastest supercomputer in our region, but we hope to make it the fastest computer in this part of Europe within two years. Just imagine how quickly and cheap you will receive your renders then!