Softimage network licenses explained…visually with ICE


A couple of weeks ago on si-community, there was a discussion of Softimage licensing and someone wished there was a graphic that explained Softimage licensing…

A network license includes one Softimage license, and five Batch licenses.

  • The Softimage license is the “interactive” license: it allows you to run xsi.exe on one computer.
  • The Batch licenses run xsibatch, and are used for command-line rendering on render nodes. One Batch license = one render node.

Each instance of xsi.exe and xsibatch.exe can use up to four satellite computers for satellite rendering.
network-licenses-satellite

You can run multiple copies of xsi.exe or xsibatch.exe on the same computer. A license is shared as long as processes are running under the same user account and on the same host (aka computer).

You can run an unlimited number of xsibatch -processing jobs. With xsibatch -processing, you can do anything except render. Typically you use it to run script jobs on scene files.

And finally, you can also use the Softimage license to run xsibatch.

Update: As requested in the comments, here’s six render nodes, each using four satellite computers:
network-license-rendernodes-w-satellite

8 thoughts on “Softimage network licenses explained…visually with ICE

  1. Stephen from the si-comm page I think there is one image missing from this graphical rep, .. take the last image, then add each with 4 satellite nodes.

    As from the pics (not the text, nor the si-comm page ) it’s sort of implied that satellite only connects to xsi.exe. Other than that a job well done. Thank you.

      • Exactly Stephen, considering if each was a modest 12core system, with one SI lic you have quite a lot of rendering horse power. I think that’s often missed.

        Like req’ed before, but this time graphically 🙂 If NDA’s etc allow, it would be interesting to see SA’s configurations displayed like this.

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