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Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby joshlew » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:38 pm

I am new to nebula and like the idea of offloading processing to other machines because of how processor intensive it is.

If money where object, could you build a separate machine, conceivably with a multi socket, multi core AMD machine (64 cores) with a ton of ram, that could handle any and all of your DSP needs for using nebula for mixdown?

What would you use, component wise, to create such a machine?


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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby enriquesilveti » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:08 pm

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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby joshlew » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:47 pm

Now this product would need to be used outside of our native computer, purely for nebula processing. A few questions:

1) would additional gpu on this machine be worthwhile for added processing?
2) how many channels might it handle with one average to intensive eq /compression/tape saturation instance per channel.
3) how would it be networked to host computer (1gb Ethernet?)
4) finally, could it be used in pthd10 using a wrapper or NF magma?

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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby beingmf3 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:46 pm

Hm, I just did a little research about dedicated pre-used server machines, and they can be had really cheap. The question is though if a 2x Xeon E5410 2.33GHz QuadCore machine with Dual Giga Ethernet and 16GB RAM will be ok? Costs about 300€!
Anybody has an idea if they're extremely noisy?
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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby david1103 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:46 pm

I have a Dell tower case dual cpu server, and it is extremely noisy! Like a plane taking off on boot.

If you are going to have it in the same room as your speakers I would forget this idea. Running cables from another room is a solution. I have done that myself, inc mouse, vga, firewire, usb etc... watch out for cable lengths, there are official specs as to how long they can be without a repeater or hub.

If I were you I would just get a new up-to-date PC, and make it as silent as possible. I have done a lot of research into this, and only quite recently is a absolutely silent pc possible, the technology has finally gone mainstream. Even in a little ITX case, quite portable too.
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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby beingmf3 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:36 pm

Thanks David! That was exactly what I was expecting.
What to expect from a first generation i7 with 12gigs RAM in terms of "server" performance? Would that work?
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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby enriquesilveti » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:32 am

beingmf3 wrote:Hm, I just did a little research about dedicated pre-used server machines, and they can be had really cheap. The question is though if a 2x Xeon E5410 2.33GHz QuadCore machine with Dual Giga Ethernet and 16GB RAM will be ok? Costs about 300€!
Anybody has an idea if they're extremely noisy?


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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby beingmf3 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:44 am

enriquesilveti wrote:Links to see...

http://www.quantelectronic.de/Server-un ... _21600.htm

Add HD (no cost, because there's one in your drawer :)), 2nd CPU (cheap) and 8 gigs of RAM
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Re: Server setup or dedicated Nebula DSP machine

Postby joshlew » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:49 pm

What kind of processing do you think you could conceivably get out of one of these servers?
How many instances at 96k?
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