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  • in reply to: Old Inferno system 6.5.11 – pricing & advice #219723
    Shannon Gans
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    I cannot see any reason why you cannot use the system as is. You purchased it!

    If you want to upgrade the you will have to pay a no-original owners fee and upgrade fees to bring it upto the latest and greatest version running on linux.

    Hardware – do a google search for SGI parts – there are a few brokers in the US which could be interested but I suspect they will be looking for much less than $6k as most second had SGI stuff is now altix based.

    Regards

    Chris
    Freelance Engineer.

    @Toke 37792 wrote:

    Thanks for your answer.

    I did not know that! We have made a bid on the system – 6000 us dollars – and won. Thought it was worth a lor more:-(

    Anybody interested in the hardware at that price?

    Toke…

    in reply to: Flame 2011.1 and 10Ge network.. any luck? #219420
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    @skulleyb 32434 wrote:

    Would love to know how it goes.
    I have a infiniband network but never worked very well.
    Was thinking of switching to 10ge. It seems some of the infiniband cards will do 10gige.

    With IB, it seems to work, or doesn’t and when it doesn’t it can be a pain to troubleshoot as wire transfers are at a very low level (hence performance) and don’t appear in normal IP type diagnostics… remember hippi? – it’s the same!

    For my 10gbe setup – it in and working. Performance, it’s better than 1gbe in that I can do a stream of HD.

    For IB – you should be able to get 800mb/s assuming the storage can keep up, and with the new cards autodesk sell/supply – this are QDR and 10gbe, so we are in the 2000mbytes/sec + transfer rate area on the QDR side.

    Ping me off list if you need help skulley chris at cyberdyne-services dot com if you want help with IB.

    Regards

    Chris

    in reply to: Flame 2011.1 and 10Ge network.. any luck? #219422
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    @chhym 32429 wrote:

    DDR inifiband should give >800mb/s.

    As for 10gbe – I am setting one up as we speak so I should be able to post some results in the next 48hours.

    Chris

    Just seen 600mb/s with 10gbe and sw_ping with a large blocksize.

    Using myricom cards and an HP switch.

    Chris

    in reply to: Flame 2011.1 and 10Ge network.. any luck? #219421
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    DDR inifiband should give >800mb/s.

    As for 10gbe – I am setting one up as we speak so I should be able to post some results in the next 48hours.

    Chris

    in reply to: Are there any used systems out there for sale? #219069
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    @flame 32016 wrote:

    Flame 2011 ? probably cost the same as getting a new one, with lic transfer and all…..

    You only need to perform a license transfer to get support / new version (as far as I know).

    As for the transfer cost I thought that was down to the local autodesk office.

    in reply to: tezro cant power on #219317
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    Check all keyboard/mouse connections and network cables (NFS hangups – trying to mount a server which isn’t available).

    Then I would start with a removal of powercord, count to 10 and re-insert it.

    Also powercycle the vbob just incase this is causing issues with the V12 graphics card.

    That should give you something on the LCD display (without touching the power button). The white SGI LOGO will still be out at this stage.
    Then press the power button. If you have the door open you should see the drive(s) powering up, and then get a quick display of SGI booting on the LCD monitor.
    At this point the system disk should flash much more while the OS loads up and all being well you get the login window.

    If you get GFX FAIL on the tezro display then check keyboard and mouse as if the keyboard is missing then the system wont boot into graphics.

    As another check, if you can move the display / keyboard / mouse locally to the display to the tezro to bypass any extenders just incase they are giving you the problem.

    Regards

    Chris

    in reply to: Are there any used systems out there for sale? #219068
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    @flame 31968 wrote:

    If so whats the specs?

    What are you after.

    I know of Flame 2011 on Z800 down to Flame 9.2 on Octane2.

    Regards

    Chris

    in reply to: clip Archive to file problem #219225
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    Which version of Flame/Smoke are you on?

    Type in a terminal window df -h – and paste it on the reply.

    Regards

    Chris
    Freelance Engineer.

    in reply to: Old Stone D9 Disk #219019
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    I will have a look although I suspect I also threw out all of my older scsi and 9/18gb fibre disks.

    Chris

    in reply to: Flame 2011 #218933
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    “Problem” with SLI is you need two extra slots to put another FX5800 in. Then there is a minor issue of power – each FX5800 takes two power connectors, and then there is heat.

    What would be a better solution is Cuda – single slot card going to an external box with upto 4 fx5800 cards (feel the power!).
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/what_is_cuda_new.html
    Possible downside is performance – the bus feeding Cuda is PICe2 which is the same as Z800 feeding a single FX5800, problem here is that it’s possible feeding 4 cards on the same size/width bus.

    I have been wanting to test burn (and sapphire V5) with cuda for many months to see if there is a major performance hike but have been unable to get a card set out of NVidia so far….

    Regards

    Chris

    in reply to: NAB predictions? #218800
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    Burn is not free – you need subscription to get it.

    Flare/flint on Mac – unlikely.

    I would like to see “software only” with a list of supported hardware – like Burn/Smac, but I suspect that will not be anytime soon.

    Shame about Backdraft Conform also no longer being available for sale, but at least they are still supporting it – but for how long?

    Being the premier show – there could be new hardware?

    in reply to: Pricing on Flame, Flint, Inferno, Fire, and Flare #218712
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    @Krawken 29751 wrote:

    Smoke Advanced (Formerly Smoke 2K) about 60K$ the software.
    You need to add the hdw and their subscription package.

    Fire does not sell anymore.

    Flare (Flame without desktop, no vtr capture and no vtr archiving ) about 40K$ for the software.
    You need to source your own hdw and you need to need to already be an owner of a Flame or Inferno license current on subscription. You can not buy it seperatly.

    Flint (should be around 85K$ to 90K$ for the software) if not a bit more.

    Flame and Inferno pricing seems accurate, except that the inferno product use to sell more in Japan than in the rest of the world.

    Don’t quote me on those numbers, but they should not be too far from the truth.

    Krawken

    The inferno sold in Japan is a full 19″ rack with burn render nodes, backburner queue manager, KVM keyboard mouse monitor, Z800, IB switch and cards in all nodes, storage. All topped off with an branded door. Well that is what is was several years ago hence the higher price talked about.

    The Inferno sold in USA/Europe is the same hardware as Flame, but the software has additional features, and sells for slightly more than Flame.
    Check with the autodesk website for the differences.

    Smoke is also available on Mac as a software only product, but does not have all of the features smoke advanced has.

    in reply to: File permissions problem when importing into Flame 2010 #218697
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    Hi Marco,

    In the past Flame needed root read and write permission to any file. With 2010 I believe that changed slightly in that you could indeed import images as Flame user.

    Was this a background or foreground import as they are called differently within Flame and use different (in the past) permission requirements.

    Why did you not setup Flame 2010 with UID/GID which makes sense in your LDAP setup instead of having to map your current UID to something else??

    Regards

    Chris
    Freelance Engineer

    in reply to: Device Invalid #218627
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    @kuban 29674 wrote:

    Hey Alan,
    I guess he has a permanent license, so flame should be fine with any date, if you have a permanent license.

    I am happy that, Autodesk dropped those dongles with the more recent linux boxes. I remember lots of dongle issues, especially with machines which had 2 serial ports only. Like octane 🙁

    All flexlm licenses have a start date as well as an end date, so the date on the system is very important.

    I could never work out why the dongles on linux systems were not as stable as SGI systems. There were some interesting problems with dongles in line with tablets which were fixed after an interesting chat with Autodesk R+D many years ago.

    Adding the 2 port serial card in the cardcage solved most dongle/SGI license issues.

    Regards

    Chris

    in reply to: Device Invalid #218625
    Shannon Gans
    Participant

    Hi,

    Think its the dongle, as the port checks out OK.

    Remove the dongle and try running a metal object like a house or car key over the metal pins on the dongle, and plug it back in.

    If that doesn’t work then give Autodesk a call – they will still support you even if you dont have support as it’s a license problem (or they used to…)

    Regards

    Chris

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