Think Globally, Act Locally

Well, I was a little too "California-centric" when I said it was trivially easy to use 3D on Sun Ray within Sun. My Menlo Park Shared Viz server worked great for me from the McLean office, but now that I think about it Sun Ray now makes sure that I use an mpk Sun Ray server wherever I go.

My first "customer" was in China, and network latency (big) and bandwidth (little) got in the way of an optimal experience.

For local area networks (think sfbay), my trivially easy approach works fine. For high latency, wide-area networks, some more effort on the part of the user is involved. We use TurboVNC (our version of VNC with optimized JPEG codec) to alleviate X latency problems. Instead of just running the 3D application on the server with graphics acceleration, and seeing the result on the Sun Ray client, one would also run vncserver on the graphics server and a vncviewer on the Sun Ray session. If I can't come up with a simple run script for this, I'll provide instructions for the extra steps.

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