Today Nvidia announced the release of their Maximus technology announced at Siggraph in August that works with Quadro and Tesla cards. Maximus is a really cool idea and very useful for rendering with Bunkspeed software. What Maximus does is allow you to “render” in the background on a separate graphics card or cards while keeping a card free to run the application fast, free from resource conflict. Essentially it’s like having offline rendering inside a single box.
Without Maximus, rendering will use all your hardware resources making the use of other applications feel sluggish. We have a tool that comes with Bunkspeed PRO called Queue, that helps to alleviate this problem. Queue software allows rendering jobs to be sent to a queue to be rendered when your not using the machine. On the other hand, with Maximus, you can have one card dedicated to interactive work, and the other dedicated to offline rendering without the two jobs competing for resources. This is great and has the potential to dramatically increase your work productivity. If you have a machine with 2, 3, 4 or even 8 GPU’s then this is extremely useful, essentially putting offline rendering capability inside your local workstation.