Thursday, July 8, 2010

The D20 Duct Tape Server
(aka the D20TS)

For our third all-duct-tape server, Team Boom Tape stepped way outside the box and challenged ourselves with making a 20-sided icosahedron (the shape of D20 dice).

The server case was built entirely from 22(!) rolls of gray, red, translucent Nashua duct tape. Seven people worked on the duct tape structure over eight build sessions. A total of around 127 manhours went into the construction of the server.

It houses these computer components:

* Pentium P4 3.0 GHz
* Intel SFF Motherboard
* 475W PSU
* 1 120mm LED fan (rear)
* 1 92mm fan (cpu)
* a USB powered custom arduino controller for lighting

The D20TS will be on server row at MillionManLan 9, July 8-11th 2010. It will host a Ventrilo server, a web server, an FTP server, and game servers for Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead 2, and Armagetron. A video stream will also come from the D20TS which will broadcast on through the event.

Building the D20TS

An undertaking of epic proportions! Construction for our third generation server took place over eight build sessions in the course of a week and a half. Seven members of Team Boom Tape pulled together to make our adhesive dream become reality.
Here are shots throughout the process:

Friday, June 25, 2010

DTS 2 & 2.5 Tear Down

The time finally came to dismantle our second Duct Tape Server and reclaim its components for a new build. We pulled the case apart bit by bit to review the effects of gravity, time, and transit. It's hexagonal shape stood up remarkably well over the past 2 years (remarkably well considering it's all just TAPE).