This page gives some basic information about what V-Ray Swam is and how to get it up and running.
The new V-Ray Swarm is a web-based distributed rendering system. It’s a simple, yet powerful way to split your rendering across multiple computers. Setting up Swarm is easy. Swarm is designed to update automatically to match your version of V-Ray.
V-Ray Swarm installer will automatically remove any previous installations. If you experience problems you can manually uninstall the currently installed version to perform a clean install.
Each machine participating in the render job requires a V-Ray 3.0 Render Node license. This includes the workstation initiating the rendering process.
- The License Server doesn't have to be installed on each Swarm node. With both dongle and online licenses, the license server can be installed on one machine from which all other machines obtain licenses. For information on setting up the Swarm license, see the Swarm Configuration page .
1) Please read over the license agreement. To continue with the installation process, click the I Agree button.
2) You can choose to accept the default installation parameters, click the Install Now button.
Windows Default Install path - C:\Program Files\Chaos Group\V-Ray Swarm
3) If you need to set up license and Network discovery settings, click the Customize button.
Rendering with V-Ray Swarm requires V-Ray 3.0 Render Node license. Fill in the IP address/port of the machine where V-Ray license server is running.
4) By default, V-Ray Swarm's Network Discovery is set up to auto-discover machines on the network. If the Use auto-discovery option is disabled, the custom configuration of the manually set Master Node becomes available. This option is suitable if there is more than one subnet in the LAN or if you want to dedicate one or more machines to be Master Nodes. You may choose three machines as master nodes: one primary Master Node (Master node IP) and two alternate Master Nodes.
After you are done, click the Install Now button.
5) The installation process is then complete, click Finish button.
Swarm on Mac OS X
Swarm render jobs can run on any Operating System with Swarm installed. For instance, V-Ray for SketchUp can install under the Mac OS X with V-Ray Swarm which is capable of rendering a Revit scene with V-Ray through Swarm despite Revit being exclusive to Windows. This allows users with multiple platforms of V-Ray for Swarm to expand their rendering power across more machines regardless of the OS.