Thanks to ongoing QVD code enhancements, the VDI product will provide an improved user experience in graphic applications by using hardware acceleration.
Currently, providing secure access when accessing data and applications remotely is essential, but it is also to provide an optimal user experience, mainly in collaborative working spaces where the need to visualise 3D data exists. An example is the video game design studios that on a daily basis use drawing and 3D modelling tools tools, like, for example, Blender.
There´s a growing number of technologies that benefit from the advantages of using hardware acceleration to improve the user experience when visualising 3D 3D objects. Mainly, applications that make use of three-dimensional visualisation, like certain types of videogames and other software design applications. Due to the hardware acceleration providing a smoother image and therefore an optimisation of the system, from both a graphical and performance level.
In the particular case of the QVD virtual desktop, until now it didn´t have a method that permits the provision of this type of acceleration, as the different virtual machines that it generated didn´t have a way to access the video card and neither did it provide an interface to execute 3D rendering guidelines, specifically the one called OpenGL.
Thanks to the continuous development of the VDI solution and the use of the VirtualGL open source project, this year has been possible for the QVD development team to delete this functionality from the to-do-list, by making the applications compatible with OpenGL, using graphics hardware acceleration when it is available. It means that QVD shall be able to support videogames and modelling tools tools with a good performance. Also, it will be able to support new technologies like WebGL, responsible for rendering 3D images in the browser. This functionality is expected to be made available to the public by the middle of next year.
The improvements above mean a big step forward in the product development and will form the basis for further improvements, so all the QVD team is very happy and motivated to further improve the product.
See below an example of how Blender works on QVD