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Muster render manager

Muster render manager

Muster is Virtual Vertex next generation render farm management system for film production, game development, and visual effect industry. Built on the top of state-of-the-art technologies coming from twelve years of developing and stress testing all around th world, Muster maximizes your render farm and let you delegate the resources monitoring to a complete automated environment.
Made by dynamic fault tollerant services, it takes care of your farm by monitoring its usage, recovering from faults and even power off your racks when they are no longer needed.

We know that your deadline is priority number one, that’s why Muster lets you manage your render farm with no interruptions in the rendering process. Add more hosts, disconnect them from the farm, start the renders when no one is
logged or even when a screen saver starts. This is all handled automatically by Muster assigning tasks on the fly! Your renders will continue under any circumnstance!

muster8detailsModern production environments must handle hundres of content type and have to deal with different operative systems. That’s why we built Muster with cross platform operability in mind. Muster 6 is available natively for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple Mac OS X. Choose to deploy your render engines on the best operating system for your environment giving you the flexibility you
need. Mixed environments are fully supported using our internal substitution path engine. You are able to run the same job
across different platforms and get back exactly what you expect with no surprises.

Muster integration with render engines is accomplished through its built-in template system. The template system let you define with an easy macro language how to integrate with the external batch renders and let you also design the submission view in a dinamic way. You can add fields, selectors and checkboxes that directly translates to command to send to the render engine in a bunch of seconds.
Templates also allow you to customize Muster behaviours on an engine basis. Embed custom actions to perform at any point in the render process, define licensing limits or special rules directly inside the template. Keep the options available to the end user as lower as possibile and do the hard job behind the courtains!

Muster is also able to dispatch single frame images across multiple hosts (available for Maya and 3D Studio Max). The images are divided in slices rendered on multiple hosts simultaneous and
then assembled back by the Dispatcher in a final coherent image. Image slicing is particular usefull when you need to produce high resolution images for printing. Increase your slices number and let Muster render it in a bunch of minutes.


Support chart

External renderers support list 11-11-2013

  • Autodesk Maya any version up to 2012 using the following render engines: Maya software,Maya hardware,Maya vector,Maya Mental Ray,Cloth cache,Layered multi render, Gelato, Renderman, Turtle, VRay,3Delight
  • Autodesk Maya sliced image any version up to 2012 using the following render engines: Maya software, Mental Ray,
  • Renderman
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max up to version 2012 with any embedded render engine
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max sliced image up to version 2012 with any embedded render engine
  • Adobe After Effects up to CS5.5
  • Autodesk Studio with any render engine
  • Blender
  • Cinema 4D
  • Autodesk Combustion
  • Digital Fusion
  • NVidia Gelato
  • Newtek Lightwave
  • Newtek Lightwave sliced image
  • Maxwell Render
  • Mayaman
  • Modo
  • Mental Ray standalone
  • Nuke
  • Apple shake
  • Autodek Toxik
  • Vue Renderbull
  • Autodesk XSI




Muster features

  • Totally multithreaded server engine allows unlimited scalability on multicores systems
  • Tailored for high end installations with autotuning preemptive updating and data exchanging system
  • Cross platform, runs natively on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
  • Integrated web service based on jQuery let you mange your farms using multi-touch events on your iPad or tablet
  • Integrated management environment with visual realtime feedback
  • Python based application support template system (write your own plug-ins to support additional render engines in pure Python)
  • Python 2/3 , C/C++, Java, .NET, Perl and PHP API to control server and clients from your own code
  • Wake up features through Magic packet, manually, scheduled or automatic, automatic shutdown of hosts based on customizable rules or overall load
  • Screen saver enabler let you start the renders when your screen saver is running
  • Custom actions through external executables or interpreters like Python
  • In process or external SQL complaint database support using sqlite or mysql libraries
  • Integrated users and groups management with permissions. Supports for LDAP and Active Directory authentication servers
  • Cross platform interoperability across Windows, Linux and MAC OS X
  • Enterprise class network logic with fault tollerance in mind, automatic connection recover and chunks reassignment
  • Support for splittable jobs (multiframe), image slicing rendering, single host processing or process broadcasting
  • Runs as console applications, Windows services or UNIX daemons
  • Dynamic connections/disconnections of render slaves
  • Support for multiple packages with built-in fully customizable template engine
  • Integrated image library for image slices automated assembling (single frame jobs)
  • Realtime visual feedback and configuration GUI supporting one-click propagations of configurations (Muster console) and full featured command line tool (Mrtool).
  • Internal historing system for activity processing and report generation
  • Remote hosts realtime log streaming
  • Support for availability time tables to set time rules
  • Support for automatic login detection (when running as service or daemon)
  • Customizable reports in Muster console
  • Integrated connector for Autodesk Maya
  • Automatic network drive detection and mapping on Windows
  • Hierarchical job management using nested folders
  • Import/Export of queue snapshots
  • Pool management to include/exclude jobs in a subset of hosts
  • Integrated mailing list management and realtime notification about events
  • Support for job dependancies, start jobs after the completation of a different one
  • Support for floating point frames as well as negative frames
  • Support for 64 BIT external processes
  • System usage snapshots available in Muster console / Web server
  • Sortable and customizable views with custom workspaces
  • Detailed hosts usage monitor with user configurable alarms on processors usage, available disk space and memory usage


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