AFTER LISTENING TO FRUSTRATED students explain how they have to work around limited processing power while rendering complex objects, I've started looking at building a rendering farm. I first visited sites running IBM's BladeCenter HX5.
I have a soft spot for IBM systems because in the early part of the century, I used heavy iron from IBM to help a small animation studio get on its feet.
The IBM HX5 extends eX5 architecture into a bladed format. That means it's quickly scalable and comes with high performance specs.
Some first impressions from IBM literature:
-- The HX5 features Lenovo eX5 Architecture. It runs fifth generation mainframe-inspired Lenovo Enterprise X-Architecture technology on Intel ten-core Xeon “Westmere-EX” processors.