[THIN] Re: ICA alternative?

  • From: Diego Torres Milano <diego@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Thin List <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 00:03:18 -0300

X Windows could solve your problem if you can change your application
In X you can use the thin client hardware acceleration to render 3D
objects, play video, etc.
Just take a look at http://pxes.sf.net. It's a X based thin client that
could run in some Neoware hardware "out-of-the-box".

> Many "gaphics intensive" applications are not constrained by network
> bandwidth but by graphics processing power. Applications like CAD and
> photo editing rely on offloading graphics tasks to purpose-built
> graphics cards (so-called "hardware acceleration"). If such a card is
> not available, then the computer's regular CPU must do the
> computational
> work (software emulation). A terminal server just doesn't have the
> horsepower to go that kind of graphics work for even one user, much
> less
> for multiple users simultaneously.
> To my knowledge, there is no way to do hardware-accelerated graphics
> via
> thin computing protocols. No matter how bandwidth-frugal your ICA or
> or whatever-it-is communication protocol is, the problem is really
> elsewhere. Given today's technology, graphically demanding
> applications
> work best in the "fat" computing model, with access to a specialized
> graphics card to do the graphic computations.

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