Local CPU is becoming MORE important

by Purnima Padmanabhan on September 16, 2010

I caught up this week with Intel's technology evangelist, Charlie Milo, at the Intel Developer Forum, for an update on some of Intel's exciting new technologies, including accelerated 3D graphics, 3D television sets, 3D photos and cameras. One of the items that was showcased at IDF was Internet Explorer 9, which was released by Microsoft in beta yesterday.

Inevitably in our conversation, we discussed the impact of having such a browser; that is, one that renders graphics beautifully on the endpoint, on desktop virtualization. Through that discussion, it became clear that this browser will use a lot more CPU cycles to deliver the high-definition graphics and 3D images that we, the consumers, want. The question then becomes, where do you want this processing power to be executed? On an expensive server sitting in a data center, or on the endpoint?

Rendering rich 3D graphics requires a lot of power and speed, and more importantly needs to be computed close to the user for a rich, interactive experience. The data crunching can happen on the server, but in terms of rendering the graphics, it has to happen on the endpoint.

To me, these rich interactive performance applications further validate the bet we have placed on the client side, where virtual desktops are executed on the distributed resource.

How do you think the coming new browsers will impact desktop virtualization?

Purnima Padmanabhan, VP of Products & Marketing


James Ewing September 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Until hi-def graphics and 3d rendoring become critical to business applications (outside of graphics firms using things like autocad) it won't have a huge impact.

As the move to total virtualization becomes more and more common, however, it will be a requirment for user adoption. I'm betting on client-side virt for 50% of my application delivery solution by the year 2012.

Anonymous September 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Wholly agree. Just bringing up another trend that points to a client side approach.

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