JeremyR
Google is collaborating with Autodesk to launch Autodesk Maya, a new cloud-optimized animation, modeling, and rendering service. 3D scenes are transferred to Google Compute Engine in the background via a Maya plugin while the user is working with the software.


Sounds interesting, I guess this is great for scene sharing and collaboration on a global level. Not sure if its that practical from a studio POV. 
Would this be more like a render farm then?

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pshipkov
I think this is Google zinc, or am I wrong here ?
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JeremyR
Looks like Google Zinc is just a render farm with no mention of Maya, yet. I get the impression this new collaboration might include farming off simulations and storage and whatever else. Don't know.
Google has some nice APIs.
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noizfactory
Yes, this is Google Zync. The only DCC they current support is Maya and Nuke. Maya has Vray and Arnold renderer support. They have a submission tool from within Maya - https://www.zyncrender.com/#tutorials

It doesn't mention anything w.r.t. simulation yet but I guess eventually they'll open it up for non render jobs as well (which is already possible using the Google Compute Engine platform).
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JeremyR
Thanks Sachin.
I found the info on a Programmable API site which didnt go into detail.

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Toast
Can SOuP be supported with Zync? I emailed the google devs and they said if the author can submit the maya plugin, they'll support it. 

SOuP's a pretty big deal in the maya world, so it would be welcome to have it with Google's Zync platform. 
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pshipkov
I don't mind that. It will save me time if you point me to the right place for this to happen.
Thanks.
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Toast
Hi Peter, did they ever get back to you on this? 

I really like Zync but I don't really do scenes anymore without SOuP! :)
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pshipkov
Just reached again to them.
Will let you know.
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pshipkov
Got feedback from them - January 2017
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Toast
Sweet! Thanks Peter. 

2017 hopefully going to make my job a lot easier...SOuP + Zync! 


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