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PipelineFX Simplifies Render Pipeline Complexity at SIGGRAPH


PipelineFX’s new MobileView app.

This year at SIGGRAPH 2012, PipelineFXwill be showing off two new additions to the Qube! render farm management family – a new app called Qube! MobileView, which makes viewing and managing render tasks on a mobile device easy, and a CPU core coordinator called QBLocker.

Qube! MobileView free’s pipeline supervisors from their offices, by giving them access to their render farm from anywhere there is mobile reception. Once securely logged in, supervisors and artists will have the ability to view job progress, kill jobs and re-try failed frames. For added flexibility, PipelineFX has made the app customizable through Python scripts, making the job of tracking queue status simple and customizable.

With Qube!Locker, users will be able to better utilize their workstation’s processing power, as this new feature for their render farm management software Qube!, provides an easy way to lock and unlock CPU cores with a quick click of a button.

“For our 10th SIGGRAPH, we wanted to deliver something that made professional render management an even more intuitive and approachable process for pipeline managers,” said Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX.

The company will also be hosting a “Birds of a Feather” discussion, Aug. 8 covering various “Challenges and Solutions for Today’s Render Pipeline.” Topics include the pain points, trends and capacity-scaling strategies tied to render pipelines, as well as cloud rendering options and hybrid render pipeline models. After a panel discussion, the room will be opened up to audience questions.

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