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  • #52588
    ThrowingDagger
    Participant

    If you have never seen Aquisitions incorporated go check it out. It is a live role playing session of D&d (dungeons and dragons not dungeons and doritos). They perform at pax prim and pax east every year. While I doubt D&D will be able to perform at pax I do believe they should try and do live shows. It would be awesome.

    #52590
    Doug
    Participant

    If a convention ever offered a space for this, I’d love to see it happen.

    But it’s tough enough to sit down and play even when using Skype. The stars would really have to align perfectly to get the cast to meet in person at an event like that.

    If you want to reach my in-character profile as "General Manager" of the Ghostbusters, tag me using: @seven

    #52594
    ThrowingDagger
    Participant

    @Doug true but it would be awesome to see it happen even if it wasn’t at a big convention like pax

    #52602
    Cat
    Keymaster

    We’ve talked about streaming D&D various times in the past, but like Doug said – the logistics are really tricky. Since half our cast is remote, doing an event live (especially one that’s filmed somewhere as unreliable as a mid/small sized convention) is near impossible. If D&D became a much more popular show to the point where a con was interested in inviting the cast out, that’s the only way I could see that happening. Doing a streaming or at least filmed event is much more doable, but still challenging. Unless we fly Colin and Lefty to Orlando, we’d have to rig up a good remote video capture setup and ensure that they both have impeccable bandwidth. If we get to a point where it wouldn’t be a nightmare, we’d gladly do it.

    Easier to do would be Ghostbusters live or Pokeballs if we got Jonna in town.

    #52613

    Hmmm… Well…. We’ve been working on Bandwidth (Work in progress, but…), as well as some major Processing boosts… And we (We being Riley and Sean) have started to try and figure out a way to make a super computer of a sort out of a fair couple PlayStation 3’s. And take a gander… WE BUILT THE THING! So far, we’ve solved the cooling problem, and the Supercomputer is running remarkably well! Best part, Sean’s infallible programming skills made it possible (How the rest of us are increasingly confused by his explanations…. We don’t speak Geek, we speak Nerd. Which is a lot less complex.) to change the supercomputer to run a Lenox hybrid operating system he made on a tuesday. Which is rather impressive. Our current overclock alone is about 2,000 times more than a run of the mill, fresh from the factory Dell Desktop, combined with the computers and Supercomputer running as one unit. Which we think isn’t too bad. At current, we have about 90 (give or take about 10) PS3 stations in a cargo container that we built to refrigerate the entire build, with connection feeds to a main line, which connect then to our main computer set up, and we have stress tested the system five different times. We lagged it slightly on test three. Hopefully, with some help from the local GameStop (Our biggest supplier of old tech) We can likely solve possible bandwidth problems! And the best part? We don’t even pay a penny more than we already pay for electricity (Thanks to Sean… Who tried to explain what he did till our eyes glazed over. Repeatedly) since we have first started the computer!

    Long Live Dungeons and Doritos, Long live the Queen, and Long Live the U.S.A.

    With love, loads of mead, and dotiros all around!
    -The Doritos and Dragons Crew

    From the Desk (and a lot of Dorito Dust...) of the Doritos and Dragons Crew
    -Riley

    #52619
    Cat
    Keymaster

    Woah!

    #52628
    Doug
    Participant

    @doritos don’t leave us in suspense! 😥

    Tell us MOAR! :mrgreen:

    If you want to reach my in-character profile as "General Manager" of the Ghostbusters, tag me using: @seven

    #53015

    @Doug @Cap @AllThoseWhoAreReadingThis

    Hello, again! Been a while (Riley and Sean had Senior year Graduation to attend, so we were all busy) and we’re all sorry for leaving y’all hanging! We’ll give it to Sean for a bit of a short, simple (Hopefully) explanation, in Nerd, not geek (Again… Hopefully…)

    Hello, Doug, And undoubtedly a lot of other peoples. I’m Sean, and let me give you a… aw… simple explanation…

    First, you need Clusters… Which, as many of us in the technological world say that a single PlayStation 3, that uses a pre-2010 operating system, performs like a cluster of 30 PCs at the price of only one. But… Why only have 30 when you can make an integrated unit, which is incredibly hard to describe simply, and have the power of, say, 120 computers per Cluster.

    Second, you need to make a program that can use the PS3 Lenox system, therein needing some sort of operating system transfer system. I sort of Fast-tracked it by modifying the Lenox system to be able to be compatable with most of modern iOS Systems. Programming is hard for me to explain (I am no good at teaching…) so, simply imagine having two peices of bread. My modifications, and the program I had made makes a sort of… Peanut butter… And joins the two pieces of bread.

    Third… Cooling. Oh, I cannot stress it enough… YOU. MUST. HAVE. COOLING. Before, I had liquid cooling, but then I realizes that I was making the water get to a temperature where it was incubating the heat instead of cooling. So I bought a bunch of refrigeration stuff for cheep from a friend, and a storage container, building it to be a large cooling station, and now it houses the system inside it.

    And wha-la. You have some great overclock and FPS rates, therein you can eliminate lag, and Skype (As long as the wifi holds well) never buffers, nor so much as have a pixel flicker. I don’t think that I’ve explained that much… But its the easiest and simplest way I can say it without diagrams.

    I hope that you all have a good night, or day, depending on when you all get this. We’re having more wifi problems. Time to break out the tool belt and figure that out!

    That last thing is something we really hope he can fix simply. But thats all we got time for tonight. Hope y’all have a good day, or night, like Sean had said. Wifi… So annoying when you can’t get it to work as it should.

    Cheers!
    Sean, And the Doritos and Dragons Team

    From the Desk (and a lot of Dorito Dust...) of the Doritos and Dragons Crew
    -Riley

    #53050
    Max
    Participant

    Without knowing anything about your specific implementation of the liquid cooling system you were using, I would be curious to know if you also had a liquid/air heat exchanger in the loop to manage the heat soak of the exchange fluid? When using a liquid/air intercooler on a turbo car, you have to basically add a second radiator out someplace to cool off your water, otherwise you end up in the same situation you are describing there wherein you have created an interheater (an undesirable device, to be sure). It seems to me like finding a way to keep your coolant temps under control would ultimately be less complex (and power hungry) than encasing your device in a refrigeration unit? Maybe that is not the case, and if it’s working for you, who am I to judge?

    #53076

    Hey, man.

    Someone who understands! Well, I got the Refrigeration stuff uber cheep from a friend in a refrigeration company, who could get some older units, upgrade them to modern requirements, revamp and replace other old units with the upgraded version. Sometimes, he had some spare time-And I’m straying- I completely understand the analogy (Thank god I took automotive in High School) and I might work on figuring out the liquid/air heat exchange that you’re describing. It seems that would definitely be cheeper than the Money Guzzler (Of all names, the others are calling the Unit Monty…) that we have running currently. I think that it would work better too. Should have looked into that when I was planning.

    ‘It seems to me like finding a way to keep your coolant temps under control would ultimately be less complex (and power hungry) than encasing your device in a refrigeration unit?’

    All in all, i completely agree. I’ll looking into that stuff… Thank you so much for asking me about that, I was wondering if there were a cheaper way. I owe ya one!

    And there go the phones. Riley hawking over me, waving the phone like its a sword. Here we go again.

    Have a good one!

    -Sean (And the Doritos Crew, and a Tool belt.)

    PS. Any websites that I may be able to research into the stuff? Books maybe?

    From the Desk (and a lot of Dorito Dust...) of the Doritos and Dragons Crew
    -Riley

    #53078
    Max
    Participant

    I’m kind of coming at it from the other end of the knowledge spectrum, in that I work on cars a bunch but have a passing familiarity with PC building. The basic system is pretty much the same. Does a PC liquid cooled heat exchanger actually pump fluid around? It seems to me that to do it on the cheap, you would need perhaps a fishtank or other such small volume pump (assuming it doesn’t already do that), which you could then plumb to some sort of liquid/air heat exchanger with a PC fan on it or something. So I’m imagining like an automotive transmission cooler sized heat exchanger:
    http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS/555/60374/10002/-1?CAWELAID=1710522211&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=15769068431&CATCI=pla-207804007511&gclid=CNag2aWCis0CFUQjgQod06MElA

    with some sort of pc fan situation on it being fed by a fishtank pump:
    http://www.hydrogalaxy.com/hydroponics/ecoplus-eco-66-submersible-pump-75gph-728490/?gclid=CJGZtb2Cis0CFcgjgQodObEG8w

    and then you could combat the heat soak problem even more by having a largish reservoir of fluid, like an actual fishtank? I have no idea what the math looks like for things like flow and specific heat and all that that I’m sure factor in to designing a proper heat sink system on a raid array, but those are the basic components I would guess (as a non-expert) would be required for such a thing.

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