RNDR Network, a project by OTOY has been progressing for several years to enable real time rendering... Could this be what is needed to kickstart hologram mainstream usage?
OTOY a leading cloud graphics company used by leading VFX studios, artists, animators, designers, and engineers, and best known for their software 'Octane Render' - the world's first and fastest unbiased GPU render engine has been quietly working on several iterations of their groundbreaking network - RNDR. A blockchain based project currently building on Ethereum (with plans to set up their own blockchain), can be used to purchase rendering power via their RNDR token and also, to supply your GPU power in order to enabling mining capacity in the form of offering rendering services to others, earning RNDR token.
First, let's take a big step back first to understand, what is rendering and how does it work today?
Rendering refers to the process through which a computer system methodically processes information to transform that information to put together and display an image. Currently, in order to put together these images, GPU's are used.
Traditionally, users do one of three things in order to render their work -
1. Use their own GPU in the computer if the work isn't too large
2. Set up a GPU farm with several GPU's in order to have a lot of processing power readily available and
3. Use a cloud rendering service, such as those provided by Amazon.
This is fine, and although this can be expensive and take a lot of time to render, historically this has worked and is just discussed as a woe of visual effects.
So what does RNDR do that is different?
Essentially, RNDR is an open platform whereby users can easily use RNDR tokens (see this as a cryptocurrency, but for rendering), to pay a network of GPU's that are readily available on an open and shared network (Called RNDR, on the Ethereum Network) for rendering. This requires no GPU power from your own device or farms.
But how is this different to something like Amazon?
Amazon has a limit to how many GPUs they have on their cloud rendering platform, and also, due to this prices can be quite costly. RNDR solves this by allowing users to add their GPUs to the RNDR network as a 'mining' service. Resulting in GPU's being added worldwide, by users on the Ethereum network to provide rendering capabilities to anyone who pays for the service.
In short, it democratises the whole rendering process!
Why do we need this and why should I care?
There is a law called "Blinn's law" which states as technology advances, rendering time remains constant. The idea behind this being that "if an animation studio invests 10 hours of computation time per frame of animation today, they will invest 10 hours per frame 10 years from now, regardless of any advances in processing power."
Whilst this has been something that has been widely accepted, we are moving into a more visual world. Not only are movies becoming increasingly edited through the power of VFX, but we now have capabilities such as Augmented Reality - Other technologies in the pipeline also include holographic imagery and also, utilising all of these to create a 'metaverse' (or mixed reality) whereby real world meets visual FX world. This will mean that a reliance on setting up your own, expensive GPU farm, or relying on a company to provide you capacity from their limited farm will not be acceptable, not only does this cause implications both financially and regarding the availability of these solutions it also will drastically slow down the ability of rendering to be done in real time.
This is where RNDR comes in. As stated, they have for years been building out the capability of RNDR and are now beginning to enter their a new phase focussed on AI and holographic, real time rendering, possible through the availability of their democratised blockchain GPU service.
As a business or independent creator, how can I use this?
Thanks to RNDR, you would not require a GPU farm to render work. This would enable small firms or independent workers to utilise the RNDR network initially in order to build a team, lowering initial capital spent. Additionally, as RNDR is all about democratising rendering capability, you too could use your GPU farm to mine on the RNDR network, meaning that you can earn RNDR tokens from others work and then use these RNDR tokens to pay for your own rendering!
Additionally, as RNDR has reported record times for rendering, this enables for work to be done at a better speed and efficiency.
On this website I like to keep my explanations very light touch, not delve too deep into the detail, but summarise the concept and then give you a suggestion of you how can harness these great new technologies to progress your work. If you were interested in the above, please take the time to read the below suggested resources, they will help give you a bigger and better understanding of the potential of RNDR.
Official RNDR website: https://rendertoken.com/
RNDR blog posts: https://medium.com/render-token/rndr-token-metrics-deep-dive-189e3ad9eef3
Jules Urbach (OTOY): RNDR: The Path to Holographic Media and Ray Tracing on the Blockchain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ezflgWMfK0&t&ab_channel=AWE-AugmentedWorldExpo