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The mental ray satellite software supplements the mental ray rendering capabilities of your Autodesk software by taking advantage of the additional rendering power of the CPUs from other networked computers.
The satellite rendering process is initiated from a master
machine (the machine running Maya). This machine handles task distribution, load balancing, and the collection of completed rendering tasks which make up the rendered image. It sends rendering tasks to slave machines (satellite rendering computers), which process the rendering tasks and send back results.