HPC Media Rendering
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This HPC media rendering solution architecture shows Azure CycleCloud monitoring a Pixar Tractor pipeline manager and orchestrating burst compute node capacity on-demand using Azure low-priority Virtual Machines Scale Sets. An Avere vFXT cache makes data from the existing on-premises filesystem and Azure Blob storage available to compute nodes in Azure.
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- Operations team uses Azure CycleCloud to configure and launch rendering pipeline cluster.
- Azure CycleCloud orchestrates virtual machine (VM) creation and software configuration for head nodes, license servers, and Avere vFXT Cache.
- Artist submits a render job to the Pixar Tractor pipeline manager.
- Azure CycleCloud detects the change in job queue depth and autostarts render farm nodes in Virtual Machines Scale Sets with location, SKU, and configuration customized by job requirements.
- Render pipeline manager (head nodes) executes render jobs on the new render farm VMs.
- Render jobs pull artifacts from on-premises and Azure Blob storage as needed from NFS-mounted Avere vFXT.
- As each job finishes rendering, resulting artifacts are written back to storage through the Avere vFXT.
- As job queue empties, Azure CycleCloud auto-stops render farm VMs to reduce cost.
- N-Series VMs: N-series virtual machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, deep learning, and predictive analytics.
- H-Series VMs: The H-series is a new family specifically designed to handle high performance computing workloads such as financial risk modeling, seismic and reservoir simulation, molecular modeling, and genomic research.
- Effectively manage common workloads with ease while creating and optimizing HPC clusters with Microsoft Azure CycleCloud.
- Avere vFXT: Faster, more accessible data storage for high-performance computing at the edge
- Azure Batch: Cloud-scale job scheduling and compute management