Getting Blender to use CUDA in a render farm

In an earlier article I covered how I got the NVIDIA Tesla K10 GPU cards working under Ubuntu 20.04 with CUDA. In this article I will cover how I got Blender working to allow me to use them.

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Installing CUDA 10.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 to support older GPU cards

Late last year I got a couple of ASUS 2U server’s off eBay which are now racked in my home lab. They came with some Nvidia Tesla K10 GPU compute cards in them, 4 in each, and I wanted to get them setup so that I could use CUDA & potentially rendering with either Blender or Davinci Resolve as a render farm.

The 2 ASUS ESC4000’s in the lab

As I installed Ubuntu 20.04 in them, I thought it was going to be as simple as just installing CUDA – which it was with a minor setback. The current version of CUDA is 11 which Nvidia decided to remove support for compute level 3.0 devices including the K10’s I have, so I had to install the earlier version.

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Getting a dial-up modem working with VoIP

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of Retro computing, mostly with the BBC Master 128 last year & this year I’m going to be doing more with other older systems ranging from a Commodore 64 that’s ready to be worked on to operating systems like CP/M & Bulletin Boards (BBS).

As I’m intending on doing some videos later on how bulletin boards were accessed in the old pre-Internet days. Now these days we have WiFi modems available which emulate a dial-up modem & then connect to a bulletin board (they do still exist) over the internet.

But that’s too clean & modern so how about using an old modem? So to do that I wanted to setup a pair of modem’s so that we can reproduce an old dial-up experience.

US Robotics 56K modem we will use to dial in with

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