[RC5] OGR anyone?

Jim C. Nasby jim at nasby.net
Thu Jan 21 14:19:21 EST 1999

This is starting to sound like the 'distributed stats' argument again, so I'll
nip it in the bud.

Databases, by definition, mean dealing with huge amounts of data. They also
often contain very small computational requirements (although this is not always
the case). This means that the bottleneck for database operations usually isn't
CPU horsepower, but disk bandwidth. This means that distributed.net would be
ill suited to help.

3D modeling and raytracing are computationally intense activities. So, while
there is a huge amount of data involved in a movie like 'A Bugs Life', there
is also a huge amount of computer horsepower needed for rendering. So, it is
technically possible that distributed.net would be a useful tool for mass 3D
rendering projects.

Whether we could work with the likes of Pixar or DreamWorks is an entirely
different issue, one of our tax status. distributed.net is a non-profit
corporation, and I'm not sure that we could sell our services. Plus, I
imagine that if we could sell our services, many users would find it
objectionable. I think that many users would also object if we provided free
service to a commercial project, such as a feature film.

There's also the minor problem that our current network protocol would be
woefully inadequate for such a task. }:8)


On Thu, Jan 21, 1999 at 01:11:38PM -0500, Ed Wensell III aka THE StormRaiser wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Jan 1999 17:53:19 -0800 Charles Franks 
> <Charlz at lvcablemodem.com> wrote:
> > Of course the coolest damn thing we could do would be to render a 3D
> > movie like 'Antz' or 'A Bugs Life' distributedly (is that a word?)  and
> > have D.net plastered all over theater screens around the world  :P
> Long ago, I had suggested that d.net offer it's services to companies that 
> have massive databases that need converting to Y2K (sure, there are 
> software fixes, but the data fields still need updating). Could be a money 
> maker. 
> However, d.net is a "low bandwidth" project. Data chunks, movie frames, 
> etc would require extra bandwidth. Or at least that's my understanding... 
> Maybe some of the old distributed processing projects (the ones that 
> competed in the first DES contest, but are long since dead) could be 
> revived with something like that...
> Personally, I think the mailing list takes up more bandwidth than a 1 meg 
> chunk of database info would take... :)
> Until Soon...
> Ed Wensell III
> Systems and Operations Support, Pellissippi State
> http://www.pstcc.cc.tn.us/departments/sos/
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