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It's human nature to want to 'see' the results from simulations, tests, and analyses. Up until recently, this has meant 'fat' workstations on many user desktops. This approach provides cpu-power when the user wants it - but as dataset size increases, there can be delays in downloading the results. Also, sharing the results with colleagues means gathering around the workstation - not always possible in this globalized, collaborative workplace.
Increasing dataset complexity (millions of polygons, interacting components, MRI/PET overlays) means that as time comes to upgrade and replace the workstations, the next generation of hardware needs more memory, more graphics processing, more disk, and more cpu cores. This makes the workstation expensive, in need of cooling, and noisy.
Innovation in the field of remote 3D processing now allows companies to address these issues moving applications away from the Desktop into the data center. Instead of pushing data to the application, the application can be moved near the data.
Instead of mass workstation upgrades, Remote Visualization allows incremental provisioning, on-demand allocation, better management and efficient distribution of interactive sessions and licenses. Racked workstations or blades typically have lower maintenance, cooling, replacement costs, and they can extend workstation (or laptop) life as “thin clients”.
Leveraging our expertise in distributed computing and Web-based application portals, NICE offers an integrated solution to access, load balance and manage applications and desktop sessions running within a Visualization Farm. The farm can include both Linux and Windows resources, running on heterogeneous hardware.
The core of the solution is the EnginFrame Visualization plug-in, that delivers Web-based services to access and manage applications and desktops published in the Farm. This solution has been integrated with multiple remote display protocols, such as:
Coupled with these third party remote visualization engines (which specialize in delivering high frame-rates for 3D graphics), the NICE offering for Remote Visualization solves the issues of user authentication, dynamic session allocation, session management and data transfers.
End users can enjoy the following improvements:
The solution also delivers significant added-value for the system administrators:
(features may vary according to the choice of remote visualization engine and scheduler)