PEER1 Hosting announced from SIGGRAPH yesterday in Los Angeles that their GPU-powered public rendering cloud is up and going. From the press release
The system is running the RealityServer 3D web application service platform, developed by mental images, a wholly owned subsidiary of NVIDIA. The RealityServer platform is a powerful combination of NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and 3D web services software that delivers interactive, photorealistic applications over the web using the iray renderer, enabling animators, product designers, architects and consumers to easily visualize 3D scenes with remarkable realism.
With the use of massively parallel NVIDIA Tesla GPUs PEER 1 Hosting can now offer customers flexible and reliable access to a system capable of delivering high computational performance across demanding applications such as graphics rendering, complex quantitative processing, video compression and large-model 3D web services for access by mobile clients.
We’ve talked about these technologies before. According to NVIDIA, “more than 128″ Tesla S1070 and Tesla M2050 (Fermi architecture-based) cards are in the system (the exact number has not been disclosed) GPUs as well as RealityServer are now available for purchase worldwide and will be hosted as a managed hosting offering at PEER 1 data centers in Toronto, Canada and London, UK.
According to PEER1, pricing is structured on a per GPU per month basis for starters. A server with 4x s1070 GPU and 2x Intel processors starts at around $2000 a month fully managed. Discounts are available for long term contracts and premiums are applied if you need less than one month. That isn’t cheap, so only users with a business model (or research funding) need apply.
Why mix the Tesla 10- and 20-series? Some of PEER1’s customers may want the 4GB memory of S1070 GPUs vs the 3GB of M2050. Also, Peer1 bought their S1070s before the M2050s became available.