Using Desktop Virtualization to access advanced Educational Software
July 12, 2010, 3:50 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: US Bank Conf Theater - 1st Flr
Ohio Supercomputer Center/OARnet [
Matthew Honigford, Consultant
Ohio Supercomputer Center
Virtualization of user desktops along with their applications in university campus environments have numerous benefits. The benefits include: (i) reduction in hardware procurement budgets, (ii) reduction in operational and maintenance costs, and (iii) “Green IT” due to lower use of energy and space.
In our presentation, we will describe the “VMLab” testbed developed at OARnet in collaboration with VMware, IBM and Ohio campus partners to evaluate desktop virtualization performance and savings. The VMLab testbed features a 50+ users virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) built using VMware View 3 at the server side and thin clients that use remote desktop protocols such as Microsoft RDP, HP RGS, Teradici PC-over-IP, and VNC RFB. We will present results and experiences from our VMLab experiments on VDI scalability/reliability, and remote desktop protocols performance. Thus validating the applications and how they can be accessed remotely over Internet2. We will demonstrate the capabilities of the VMLab testbed by considering a temporal-bone visualization application and show its performance with different remote desktop protocols under network conditions to show its scalability over the network and use by students. Further, we will open a discussion with the presentation audience about how testbeds such as our VMLab could be enhanced to study other cutting-edge desktop virtualization technologies and their benefits using Internet2.
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