“Inside Houdini’s Distributed Solver System”

  • ©Jeff Lait

  • ©Jeff Lait

  • ©Jeff Lait

  • ©Jeff Lait



Entry Number: 42


    Inside Houdini’s Distributed Solver System



    Distributing a simulation over multiple computers enables simulations that exceed the capacity of any individual machine. Distributed systems, however, tend to be hard to deploy and maintain. Our approach can work with commodity hardware and is agnostic to the specific type of simulation. Users have successfully deployed on a variety of hardware over many years and accelerated a wide variety of types of simulations.


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