My son, using an old laptop, has been working hard at learning blender. He now works on more complex scenes and his computers are unable to render quickly on their own. I found out about
the netrender addon and wanted to pool together a couple old computers laying around.
The basic structure consists of a
In this case
- Client = His laptop
- Master = My old laptop with an i5-2520M and 8GB RAM
- Slave = The same laptop as the master, plus maybe his laptop and an old desktop with an inefficient graphics card. There is another old laptop that might help as well.
I read about, and watched youtube videos, on using netrender. But with a clean install of Ubuntu 18.04.1 and blender using the default repositories, the netrender addon was not available. I found that downloading the package from blender.org was the way to go following the instructions here
mkdir -p build/blender && cd build/blender wget https://mirror.clarkson.edu/blender/release/Blender2.79/blender-2.79b-linux-glibc219-x86_64.tar.bz2 tar -xf blender-2.79b-linux-glibc219-x86_64.tar.bz2 sudo rm -r /usr/lib/blender/ sudo rm /usr/bin/blender sudo cp -r blender-2.79b-linux-glibc219-x86_64 /usr/lib/blender sudo ln -s /usr/lib/blender/blender /usr/bin/blender