Feb 8 2015
Came across this the other day. It is an older open source project but a handy base if you wish to build your own windows or linux based render farm.
To quote the blurb from their page:
Originally developed by Blur Studio, Arsenal was a replacement for 3dsmax’s BackBurner. It’s now a robust cross platform render management platform supporting many renderers, including 3dsmax, Maya, Houdini, 3delight, XSI, Nuke, Fusion, Shake and After Effects.
The core is written in C++ using Qt, and extensive python bindings using sip/PyQt provide the ability to customize and extend nearly every component. There are GUI tools to manage the queue, custom submitters for some packages, and a generic Python API for others.
A Google Group for discussion exists here: https://groups.google.com/group/arsenalsuite
Click the image below to go to the open source site”