Workload Optimized Part B: Enabling remote workstation application delivery

By Frank Soqui, General Manager, Technical Compute Cloud and Client, Data Center Group, Intel Corporation

It’s clear that if a business wants to remain competitive in today’s global business climate it has to employ technologies that helps its technical employees (engineers, researchers, analysts, scientists, etc) collaborate at an accelerated pace.  They need be able to solve complex and interconnected problems in time to remain competitive or relevant within their industry. They need access to their primary tool – the workstation – anywhere and anytime.

With that in mind, we have been working with Citrix to optimize XenApp performance on Intel processor graphics solutions, such as the HP Moonshot ProLiant m710 cartridge based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1284L v3 with built-in Intel® Iris Pro Graphics P5200. This solution makes it possible to extend the workstation experience to more users by delivering a rich, high-performance workstation experience to devices that range from tablets, smart phones to ultrabooks. These processor technologies help change the game by accelerating the pace of collaboration, and can be vital to delivering the robust user experience that is necessary to securely collaborate with partners and customers anywhere, at any time.  

What matters most is the delivered experience. This solution, for the first time, can deliver a workstation class experience and graphics in a virtual environment.  It is capable of delivering rich applications as a service (RaaS) to engineers or designers engaged in CAD; an artist or animators doing content creation; or a knowledge workers engaged in business logic, data base applications, 2D graphics, Audio/Video or asynchronous I/O applications. The solution is compelling in that it transforms a tablet, smart phone or Ultrabook into a collaboration tool at any time, in in any place, and with a compelling professional visual experience.

This is made possible because the Intel processor technology employs a zero copy workflow that uses the same cache and memory of the CPU and its dedicated eDRAM.  It also employs the Intel® Quick Sync video technology that accelerates decoding and encoding for a significantly faster conversion time, while also enabling the processor to complete other tasks, resulting in an enhanced overall user experience.

Beyond the hardware, Intel® Graphics Virtualization Technology (Intel® GVT), is a comprehensive portfolio of graphics virtualization technologies for media transcode acceleration, visual quality per channel bandwidth maximization, and 3D graphics offload. Intel® GVT addresses variety of graphics usages and deployment models, including but not limited to: Remote Workstations, VDI, Transcode, Media streaming, and Cloud gaming, and a few more. Intel GVT allows ISVs and developers to choose from three different techniques to best suit their product and business model.

Today, an Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1284L v3 with built-in Intel® Iris Pro Graphics P5200 delivers a workstation like experiences to knowledge workers employing tablets, smart phones and ultrabooks on the go – this helps them to securely collaborate anywhere, anytime with customers and suppliers.

For corporate IT, it provides a server hosted solution that is manageable and capable of delivering predictable service levels for users seeking remote access to rich applications.