Computer Infomartion

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 I’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 I’ll be living for the rest of my life. I’ve grown up and my taste of fashion has progressively changed during teenage years. Therefore, I’m not sure I still want my brown wall (‘cause it’s mine, even if it doesn’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 it’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 company’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 isn’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 doesn’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 “the project was a ton of fun, and it proved not only to be very functional and convenient – it instantly sparked an interest by anyone walking through the design studio front entrance”. Keep that in mind, you guys, because when there’s demand, the cost of the manual labor I was earlier talking about could easily be overrated.

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