January 14, 2021 Rosie Dinh

The best cloud rendering service for Houdini

Houdini is a 3D animation software application developed by SideFX, based in Toronto. SideFX adapted Houdini from the PRISMS suite of procedural generation software tools. Its exclusive attention to procedural generation distinguishes it from other 3D computer graphics software. Houdini is most commonly used in FX departments for the creation of visual effects in film and game. It is used by major VFX companies such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, ILM, MPC, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Method Studios, The Mill, and others. Houdini has been used in various feature animation productions, including Disney’s feature films Fantasia 2000, Frozen and Zootopia; the Blue Sky Studios film Rio, and DNA Productions’ Ant Bully. SideFX also publishes a partially limited version called Houdini Apprentice, which is free of charge for non-commercial use.

Are you having problem with your old low capacity computer? You also confused what is the best cloud rendering service for Houdini, then this article is for you.

As we know, Houdini can process jobs in both CPU and GPU mode.  Below are the recommendations and system requirements for the latest version of Houdini.

1. Processor

Houdini can only run on 64 bit operating system.  Windows 10 (64 bit), Windows 8.1 (64 bit)and Windows 8 (64 bit) is supported.  Windows 7 or Windows Server (any version) is NOT supported. For Mac OS,  Houdini requires 64-bit Intel-based Mac with macOS 10.13 and higher

  • 3D Modeling: Building meshes, extruding polygons and other 3D modeling tasks are single-threaded, meaning they only utilize one CPU core. If using this software mostly for modeling, a 4-to 6-core processor with a high clockspeed (3.2GHz and above) is
  • Animation: Like 3D modeling, animation is also single-threaded. Therefore a processor with high clockspeed and 4 to 6 cores is also recommended.
  • Rendering: While 3D modeling and animation only utilize one CPU core, rendering is a highly multi-threaded task and therefore a high amount of CPU cores will provide better performance.

2. Memory and storage

  • In general, 3 to 6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.
  • When it comes to storage, an SSD, or for better performance, an SSD/NVMe Storage Drive is recommended for the operating system and software, active project files as well.

3. Graphics cards

  • For post-production video editing, NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards is recommended as they provide high performance at a great value compared to Quadro cards such as a single NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti.
  • If your application scales well with multiple graphics cards, multi RTX 2080Ti  cards will give you much better performance.

Powerful servers with CPU, single and multi GPUs at iRender

Multi GPU card servers

iRender provide 4 types of multi-GPU-servers (6x GeForce RTX 1080 Ti/ 6x GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / 6x RTX 3080/ 6x RTX 3090) which are the most effective for Houdini rendering in multi GPU cards such as Octane, Redshift  coming with the following specifications:

These servers are the ultimate cloud rendering service for Houdini allowing up to multiple, powerful 6x GeForce RTX 1080 Ti/ 6x GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / 6x RTX 3080/ 6x RTX 3090 GPU. And, you can control the power and performance for the highest level customization and configuration in application resource usage. These servers are the premier solutions to maximize your advantage when you need it most – to win the project, to meet the impossible deadline, or pivot your visual direction with unparalleled speed.

Single GPU card servers

For renderers which use single GPU card of Houdini, currently, we offer 1 single GPU card with RTX series including RTX 2080Ti, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090. We are planning to launch a new single GPU with RTX A6000 and it will be surprising you with its outstanding performance.

CPU rental package

For Houdini native and powerful rending engine, Mantra, or Arnold renderer which make use of CPU for rendering, iRender also provides CPU servers with unmatched speed for rendering Houdini  with Dual Xeon E5-2670 v2 @ 2.50 GHZ, 20 cores, 40 threads, RAM 128 GB, Storage 256 GB and a Geforce GPU Nvidia 1050 2GB, which is totally higher than recommended  system requirements. As a result, Houdini users will be satisfied with CPU server performance at iRender.

Why choose iRender is cloud rendering service for Houdini

Powerful hardware

As written above, the multiple cards servers provided by iRender combined with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards (1 and 6x GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / RTX 3080/ RTX 3090), as well as CPU servers bring Houdini users unprecedented rendering power, performance, and capability wherever work takes.

Moreover, the storage drive of all single and multi GPU card servers at iRender is SSD NVMe 512GB.  These drives are about 30% more expensive than a standard SSD, but around five times faster! Further more, here at iRender, we provide an amount of 128 GB of RAM to 256 GB of RAMCome with us, no one will ever have to worry about lack of RAM, you now can handle even the touchest projects in an easiest way.

Simple Process

What you need to do is just 5 simple steps  including: Creating an iRender account, Recharging money, Transferring your files to the remote server, Selecting a package and connecting to the server then finally Taking full control of the server and doing whatever you want.

We ensure provide you the easy-to-use interesting and effective solution. With just one or two clicks to create an image, and 7 to 15 minutes to boot system in the first time, you will use the servers (GPUs & CPUs) like your own PC. Additionally, you just need to setup working environment once, and save as Images to keep it for life.

Furthermore, we are one of a few render farms providing a unique transfer file tool, without having to access to a third party for transfering data. The tool is called GpuHub- Sync. You can upload your data even when the remote server is turned off and it will automatically sync to the remote servers and vice versa. Furthermore, major cloud transferring platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive are also supported if users want it.

Reasonable Pricing

You will be charged on a per-minute basis. Depending on the type of server you choose, we will issue you an invoice once you shut down the servers, so that you will control your balance easily.

The hourly rental option is always available for you to choose. However, you can always save from 30% to 60% with our Fixed Rental feature. For those who’re in need of a server more than a day, or have an extremely large project, we advise to choose a daily/ weekly/monthly rental package. The discount is attractive (30% for daily packages, 50% for weekly, and 60% for monthly packages).

We accept payment through PayPal, Stripe, bank transfer, or credit card. And of course, we sometimes provide promotions for customers on special occasions. Staying connected with us to keep updating these programs.

24/7 Real Human Support

Users can access to our web-based online platform and using multiple nodes to render at the same time. Hence, with us, it does not matter where you are present – as long as you are connected to the internet, you can access and enjoy the 24/7 rendering services that we provide, and if you meet any issue, our real human 24/7 support team is always ready to support you.


Irender is on the way to become the best render farm service nowadays. Thanks to our leading technology, we help users create high-quality images and videos in the shortest time ever and minimize the rendering time

With the above advantages and the machine configuration package that iRender are offering, we believe that Hodini users will have the most comfortable, quickest, and most effective rendering time.

So, do not hesitate anymore, let’s HERE to get FREE COUPON to test our GPU servers and reach a new level of cloud rendering.

iRenderHappy Rendering!

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Rosie Dinh

Hi everyone. Being a Customer Support of iRender, I always hope to share and learn new things with 3D artists, data scientists from all over the world.


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