Online Server Rent/Hire

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  1. Extraordinary

    Extraordinary Ancient Guru

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    Not really sure where this belongs, so feel free to move

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    My brother is starting to get into this Photogrammety stuff, you take a load of photos of a place or an object, load them all up into a program called 'Agisoft Photoscan' and set it going through 4 steps, to match points, build mesh and textures etc

    And the end result from 2D photos, is a 3D model, which eventually he's hoping to load into UE4 and create a VR environment for the Vive with

    Anyway, the problem is, this takes up an absolute mass of resources, I've tried on this machine, and he's got a 4670k / 16GB 2133 / SLI 780Ti / SSD etc and it cripples his machine too (Unless you run everything on low, but the quality isn't good enough then)

    Left it running overnight and something had run out somewhere and the program had closed

    So I was thinking we could rent a powerful server, install Photoscan on it, and just upload the images and download the result

    Anyone know of any fairly powerful servers we could rent and install the software on, that don't cost an arm and a leg each month?
     
  2. InfinityX

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    I wouldn't consider renting a server, as the cost will be too high, as you will pay through the nose for CPU time. Most cheap online/cloud deals will be 2x core CPU, a few gigs of RAM all run in a low powered VM in a datacentre, primarily designed for webhosting. There are cloud rendering specialists, but I doubt the renderers support his platform yet.

    As with a lot of 3D rendering, which is my professional background BTW, these tasks are one of the few applications that push CPU and RAM to the limit. You would be better investing in maximizing your brother's computer specification, i.e., as many cores as possible (inc Hyperthreading), overclock to a high and stable CPU clock, install 32 to 64GB of RAM and a couple of SSDs in RAID. If the software supports CUDA then enable it.

    You should run a test a keep an eye on performance monitor and see if CPU and RAM are hitting 100%.
     
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    Hi there

    In past for rendering I've used Render farms or I've used Amazon Cloud EC2 I think or you can have look on Azure Cloud

    I would pop over on Agisoft forum,there people should help you or yours brother answer it


    There is few caveats with renting the server,I would suggest use Linux distro,most of the time I use Linux distro if I'm renting the server for big jobs or I use our render farm in work where we are running dual CPU Xeons

    If you want to do that at home,then my suggestion is get something like X99 motherboard with Xeon CPU like is E5 2683 V3,you can buy used this CPU for about £200 plus RAM etc and you will have great machine for that,in most those programs you want more cores/threads what I know from personal experience

    Hope this helps

    Thanks,Jura
     
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    Thanks guys, yea my findings on renting a server were the same, very expensive, low specs

    He's looking to upgrade at some point anyway, so good excuse now I suppose

    Cheers
     

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    Depends on server,I've used for very large jobs Amazon EC2 and pricing has been good or OK,this I've used for one LuxRender project in past

    Regarding the upgrade,you will see,but I would have look on X99 and Xeon CPU,with 64GB etc

    Hope this helps

    Thanks,Jura
     
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