QUOTE(yoda64 @ Feb 22 2011, 12:45 PM)
The limit is at this time 8 cores (real or virtual) , depends on the used license .
Maybe growing this limit to 16 for the release .
The biggest problem here is the avaible memory , if there is to less memory (needed memory depends on the project and rendersettings)
and ther OS must swap the memory to the harddisk, it's very contraproductive .
I remember you talking about diminishing returns if you dont have enough memory.
So just to confirm, Net render is capable of using virtual hyper threading cores?
The next Mac pro is rumored to be dual 8 core meaning 16 actual cores and 32 with virtual. You can load it up current Mac pros with 64GB of ram currently and the next version may be 128GB.
With that said would it be difficult for you to allow the release of Net render V16 to be future proof and utilize 32 cores?
Even 32 cores will be outdated by 2012. Amd promises to release 12 core processors very soon for desktops.
In regards to the memory issue. Is there any way to find out how much ram a project requires before setting off a Netrender. This way a user could make an informed decision on how many cores to use per that computer based on how much memory that individual computer has?