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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Setting up a Weather WebCam on Linux

Weather webcams are always popular and it is easy and free to set one up yourself.  This article will show how to setup a simple USB webcam to produce still images and serve them on a local apache webserver.

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