To make the best use of your available compute resources for rendering, it can be beneficial to determine which render nodes perform the best and, if any, perform below expectations. V-Ray Benchmark can be used to approximate the performance of individual render nodes across your farm!
There are two different ways that you can run V-Ray Benchmark on the render nodes in your farm, a ‘Normal’ job and a ‘Maintenance’ job. Please refer to the Job Submission for information on general submission options.
A ‘Normal’ job is best used when you only wish to benchmark a few render nodes. You specify a frame range equal to the number of render nodes you wish to benchmark, and combine that with Groups or a Machine List to specify which ones to check.
A ‘Maintenance’ job differs in that it’s a special job type that creates a task for each render node in your farm. A render node will also only render one task from this job and leave the job alone afterwards. Using this, you don’t need to specify a frame range or worry about a render node doing the benchmark more than once, or not at all.
Please refer to the Maintenance Jobs documentation for more information.
You can submit V-Ray Benchmark jobs from the Monitor.
The general Deadline options are explained in the Job Submission documentation.
V-Ray Benchmark Options
Version: The version of V-Ray Benchmark to run.
- Job Type:
Maintenance Job: Best used when you want each Worker connected to the repository to run V-Ray Benchmark exactly once. Will create number of tasks equal to the number of connected Workers, where each Worker only renders one task and drops the job.
Normal Job: Best used when testing only a few Workers. Use in conjunction the Pools, Groups, Machine List, and frame list to hone in on the Workers you wish to test.
Frame List: Only usable when submitting a “Normal” job, this is used to specify how many tasks to create for the Workers.
V-Ray Benchmark Tests
Run CPU Test: If checked, a CPU render test will be run. At least one Test must be selected for the job to render successfully.
Run GPU Test: If checked, a GPU render test will be run. At least one Test must be selected for the job to render successfully.
You can configure the V-Ray Benchmark plug-in settings from the Monitor. While in super user mode, select Tools -> Configure Plugins and select the VrayBench plug-in from the list on the left.
V-Ray Benchmark Executable: The path to the V-Ray Benchmark executable file used for rendering. Enter alternative paths on separate lines. Different executable paths can be configured for each version installed on your render nodes.
Which versions of V-Ray Benchmark are supported?
V-Ray Benchmark Version 4 is currently supported.
Error Messages And Meanings¶
This is a collection of known V-Ray Benchmark error messages and their meanings, as well as possible solutions. We want to keep this list as up to date as possible, so if you run into an error message that isn’t listed here, please email Deadline Support and let us know.
Currently, no error messages have been reported for this plug-in.