Selecting hardware components for render nodes is highly dependent on the size of your wallet and your desired goal. But if you take the right approach in this regard, the task will be an easy one for you. Here are a few tips for you.
When choosing a processor, a lower-cost dual-core Pentium can give you a very cheap render node with a minimum sacrifice of performance. A dual-core Pentium like the slightly faster Core 2 Duo or the low-end Core 2 Quad are all great options for constructing a node. The amount you are willing to spend matters because this is the single most costly component required for each node. Building a Core i7-based system is going to increase the price of the entire node out of proportion but will also increase its performance.
Moreover, a low-profile 1U heat sink is needed for an equivalent case which is exclusively made to draw air from the front to the back of the machine. The possibility of overlocking the nodes is limited because there is limit to the choice of processor. Since the local drive will only be used for the operating system and applications, you can get a small drive of 80GB. However, if you make use of a drive that has a digital audio workstation, endeavor to use a 320GB or even a 500GB drive.
Furthermore, if you are building many nodes, you will only need to purchase one DVD drive, even if you are building 10 systems. Build your first system, install the operating system with updated software and then use Sysprep to clear the registration number. Then, you can use Norton Ghost 14 or related drive-imaging software to clone the disk for other machines. In addition, each new system will need a unique network name and you will need to enter the Windows license key for every clone machine.
Photos and other carefully constructed still images can easily capture a person’s attention. The advertising and marketing industries, from several decades back, have always known that an arresting display of colours and a well-composed image can command a person’s attention better than large, unbroken blocks of text can; this is why some of the most successful promotional campaigns have always involved the strategic selection of the right images that inspire emotion and appeal to a consumer’s senses.
If simple photographs can have such a dramatic effect on people, then it would follow that moving images would have an even stronger impact. With today’s consumers constantly connected to mobile devices and online channels that stream a large amount of videos and interactive media, video is becoming one of the most effective promotional tools available today. If you’re searching for a way to grab your audience’s attention in a visually competitive environment, then utilising a video wall may be the best step to take.
Out in the busy world, people are constantly exposed to creative signs and enormous billboards that display a wide range of images. A high quality display of moving images is sure to make your message stand out over the other promotional materials present. Whether you’re inside a busy corporate building, a government facility, or an educational institution, you’ll find a wealth of applications for video walls that can help people receive information, encounter special promotional campaigns, or assist professionals in their work.
Digital signage software can be used to manage promotional systems that showcase retail displays, menu boards, directions, and announcements on simple LCD-based equipment. Even non-technical staff will be able to effectively manage the system because of easy-to-use functions-operators can see a remote view of the screen display through the management console, automate the information displayed by integrating the signage software with other computer systems, change the frequency in which content is displayed, and receive a full report on the impact of the display on sales figures.
Digital signage solutions need not be expensive; most of the hardware and infrastructure involved in setting up a digital display come at a reduced cost. Traditional LCD screens can be creatively integrated with unique effects to display an image across them or to behave as one single screen. Video walls are perfect for large spaces to provide massive visual impact.