Some people (my family included) may be forgiven for thinking that I have vanished from the surface of the earth.
Such rumours are widely exaggerated. In fact, I have been busy migrating to a new workstation and turning the old one into a slave. The power horse in question is an HP Z820 with the following specs:
Two Intel Xeon E5-2687W 0, or 16 cores running at 3.1 Ghz;
32 GB of RAM;
a 236GB SSD as system drive;
and an Nvidia K5000 (Kepler) card.
I’m now up-and-running, ready to say good-bye to grainy renders. Brute force, here I come.