Accelerate rendering with Azure high-performance computing (HPC)

Render with confidence

Render on a scalable, MPAA-certified, non-competing platform that’s trusted by 95 percent of the Fortune 500. Customer data is stored in a locked-down environment within a private network.

Collaborate with global teams

Optimize productivity across remote teams on a high-speed, reliable, and highly secure platform that has nearly unlimited HPC capacity and caching that hides storage latency.

Pay per use

Take advantage of pay-per-use licensing—ideal for studios with dynamic project-based workloads, allowing you to tailor compute services to your exact application and project requirements.

Explore Azure products for boosting rendering performance

Azure HPC Cache

  • Manage spikes in render demand by instantly spinning thousands of virtual machines without moving data
  • Simplify workflows with a single point of high-performance storage
  • Extend your on-premises rendering environment with low-latency, cost effective file caching

Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) Scale Sets

  • Scale to thousands of cores
  • Use SPOT and OS ephemeral disks to reduce rendering costs
  • Run CPU-based rendering on AMD EPYC-powered HB-series VMs featuring up to 260 GB/s of memory bandwidth
  • Run intensive applications on a variety of VMs to meet your needs including GPU-powered Azure NV-series VMs or NVIDIA GPU-powered VMs. Azure Virtual Machine (VM) Scale Sets

Azure Express Route

  • Direct, private, low latency connection to Azure
  • Bandwidths to 100 Gbps supported
  • Extend and connect your existing rendering infrastructure with high throughput and fast access to Azure compute and storage

Solution architecture: Animation and VFX studio rendering for content creation and post-production

Studio Rendering Architecture

Studio Rendering Architecture

Overview

This solution allows studios to leverage on-premises capacity to its fullest with the Azure FXT Edge Filer for NAS acceleration. When demand grows beyond on-premises capacity, burst render provides access to tens of thousands of cores using Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets. An Express Route connection and HPC Cache minimize latency while studios securely manage storage in a single place without replication.

Flow

  1. 1 Optimize access to NAS files and support remote artists with the Azure FXT Edge Filer connecting artists to low-latency storage.
  2. 2 Connecting on-premises storage resources to Azure via Azure Express Route providing a secure, private link to additional render cores.
  3. 3 Azure HPC Cache provides low-latency access to tens of thousands of compute cores with burst rendering. Azure SDK support in HPC Cache enables automation for easy infrastructure management and cost efficiencies.
  4. 4 A virtual render farm is available in Azure using Virtual Machine Scale Sets that grow as you need it and provides capacity to meet fluctuating demand.

Learn how you can quickly get started with rendering in Azure

Accelerate rendering on-prem

Easily deploy your render farm using Linux, Windows or in a proxy using easy to follow GitHub guides.

VFX Burst Rendering Your Way

As you transition to the cloud, the Azure FXT Edge Filer keeps your artists creating with fast access to on-premises storage.

Automate Render Cloud Infrastructure

Use Terraform for infrastructure-as-code automation that eliminates errors and manages costs.

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