Written on September 27, 2008 – 4:29 pm | by admin |
There are 6 Intel dual-core PCs hanging on the wall
When seeing such a setup, you start asking yourself some questions about the way your place looks like and how you would have liked it to be. As far as Iâ€™m concerned, I will always have in mind the image of a huge brown wall with a centered dirty pink square which has probably been the only dream about the place Iâ€™ll be living for the rest of my life. Iâ€™ve grown up and my taste of fashion has progressively changed during teenage years. Therefore, Iâ€™m not sure I still want my brown wall (â€˜cause itâ€™s mine, even if it doesnâ€™t still exist), particularly because there are millions of options today for a place to be designed.
But you come across something like this: a sic-PC render farm for your business (or a place, whatever that is) which looks actually great. The render farm is a computer cluster built to render computer-generated imagery (CGI) and itâ€™s usually used to integrate visual effects in a movie or a television show, through off-line batch processing. When industrial designer Fredrik Perman moved his offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, he decided to trick up the companyâ€™s render farm which was used to churn through conceptual designs and to put his six Intel dual-core PCs up on the wall of the lobby in a custom plexiglass case. The device is being lighted by LED fans and ten 10-inch cold-cathode tubes hidden behind the aluminum frame. There are six fans meant to cool the render farm and they each blow upward. In order to increase the ventilation, the acrylic case isnâ€™t provided with the top and sides. The server room is placed on the other side of the wall so that the 8-port KVM switch is embedded between the two spaces and the cabling goes straight behind the PCs.
To directly control the farm, there are a 15-inch monitor, a keyboard and a mouse, while the speakers entertain the atmosphere in the lobby, whenever the device doesnâ€™t crunch conceptual designs.
There is no information yet about price and availability of the setup, but I guess we could easily get to an estimate ourselves. The only thing we should not forget is to take in consideration the manual labor of the designer and the feeling of pride towards his work, as he confessed that â€œthe project was a ton of fun, and it proved not only to be very functional and convenient â€“ it instantly sparked an interest by anyone walking through the design studio front entranceâ€. Keep that in mind, you guys, because when thereâ€™s demand, the cost of the manual labor I was earlier talking about could easily be overrated.