RenderMan

RenderMan

RenderMan has been Pixar's core rendering technology for over 25 years. It's goal is to meet the ever-increasing challenges of 3D animation and visual effects. Today, RenderMan has been completely modernized, with a state-of-the-art ray tracing architecture. Used in the biggest blockbusters, such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Jungle Book, RenderMan is capable of delivering the highest quality visual effects with unparalleled creative flexibility and artistic control.

Hardware Recommendations

Processor

Rendering

RenderMan is a CPU-based, multi-threaded rendering application, therefore the more processor cores the better.

Graphics

GPUs are an important aspect of the future direction of rendering that Pixar is currently researching, some of which has already demonstrated in public. RenderMan 21 introduces GPU accelerated denoising, with further GPU support planned in upcoming releases. Therefore given current software design decisions, your budget is better spent on more CPU cores rather than multiple graphics cards. We recommend the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 for this application.

Storage

We recommend having two solid-state drives which provides the best performance:

  1. Primary Drive: SSD for the operating system and applications
  2. Secondary Drive: SSD for active projects; a dedicated SSD will offer optimal performance

2.5-inch SATA SSD performs at ~500MB/s
M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD performs at ~2500MB/s

For long term storage or backup, infrequently accessed files, we recommend a 4TB to 18TB hard drive. Hard drives also work well for storing export files as the export/rendering process is generally not write intensive.

Memory

In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.


Configuration Recommendations

HP Z8 G4 Workstation

 

  • Dual 28 cores, 2.2 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 6238R
  • 192GB (12x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

HP Z8 G4 Workstation

 

  • Dual 20 cores, 2.1 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 5218R
  • 192GB (12x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

HP Z840 Workstation

 

  • Dual 18-Core 2.3GHz Intel Xeon Haswell E5-2699 v3 [36-cores / 72-threads]
  • 128GB (8x 16GB) of 2133MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro M2000 4GB

HP Z840 Workstation

 

  • Dual 10-Core 2.2GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-2630 v4 [20-cores / 40-threads]
  • 64GB (8x 8GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 500GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro M2000 4GB

HP Z6 G4 Workstation

 

  • 16 cores, 3.2 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon W-3245
  • 96GB (6x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

 

  • Intel Core i9-10900X (3.7 GHz base frequency, 10 cores)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

Condition

New: Purchased new from a HP authorized distributor. Never used. Ships in original manufacturer packaging.

Refurbished: Pulled from corporate environment in working condition. Tested upon arrival at our location and also after customization. Cosmetically grade A or B. Overall in good condition, but could have light scratches / scuffs. Ships in double-wall brown box with durable packaging material.