How to Use Autodesk VRED on Azure?

Autodesk VRED is a 3D visualization application for designers and engineers that can be used to create product presentations, design reviews, and virtual prototypes. It uses interactive GPU ray tracing to assemble and maintain complex control models. The visual effects created using VRED need render farms comprising high-performance compute clusters for effective rendering. With 4K, 8K, and other ultra-high-resolution videos becoming increasingly common, even small projects can take several days or even weeks to complete.

Machine designers need better infrastructure so that users spend less time on mundane tasks such as rendering and more time doing high-end design work. In this article, we will focus on running Autodesk VRED on Microsoft Azure.

What Are the Challenges of Running Cloud-Based Autodesk VRED?

The biggest challenge in the computer graphics industry is that scaling rendering jobs require several nodes, along with the complexity of managing license servers, dongles, configuration, data conversion, and pipeline. This not only makes on-premises infrastructure expensive to manage for such workloads but also presents challenges in adopting the cloud as part of a production pipeline. Here are the challenges of using rendering applications.

  • It could be difficult to ensure the availability of GPUs in unpredictable supply environments.
  • Rendering workflows could result in significant time wastage.
  • High-end design techniques such as Ray Tracing may not be supported on regular infrastructure.

Why Use Autodesk VRED on Azure?

Azure offers cutting-edge virtual machines (VMs) to develop high-end prototypes and visualizations using Autodesk VRED. These Azure Virtual Desktops provide instant access to high-end GPUs through NCasT4VMs in several regions. VRED on Azure customers can take advantage of virtual machines that are powered by up to 4 NVIDIA T4 GPUs with 16 GB of memory each. They are supported by up to 64 non-multithreaded AMD EPYC 7V12 (Rome) processor cores that offer a base frequency of 2.45 GHz, all-cores peak frequency of 3.1 GHz, and single-core peak frequency of 3.3 GHz, with 440 GB memory.

Additionally, with Azure Batch rendering, customers have access to a highly available, cloud-scale job and resource management service, with which job scheduling/queueing, managing failures, policies implementation, and auto-scaling can be streamlined. Customers can automate render workflows, scale jobs, manage their render farms and other resources effectively. The flexible access to the powerful virtual machines used for rendering VRED frames, along with tools to monitor jobs and diagnostic logs allow users to focus on their creative projects, rather than waste time on managing resources.

Apps4Rent Can Help with Autodesk VRED on Azure

Combining Autodesk VRED and Microsoft Azure provides users unparalleled flexibility to scale their capacities based on changing requirements, along with computing power to handle complex scenarios, which can be streamed to any device. Users can collaborate visually, prototype digitally, and make educated decisions from anywhere, thus democratizing visualization.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner in Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity, and Application Integration, Apps4Rent can help with managed Azure services for GPU-enabled Azure Virtual Desktop for Autodesk VRED, along with other services for managing resources effectively. Call, email, or chat with our Azure cloud consultants, available 24/7 for assistance.

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