Remote Graphics Software
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2013)|
|Stable release||6.0.3 / August 2013|
|Operating system||Red Hat Linux, Suse Linux, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8|
|Type||Remote desktop software (client software and server software)|
HP Remote Graphics Software is a remote desktop protocol where images from a remote workstation computer are captured as pixels, compressed and encoded and then sent to the client for decryption and decompression. It is a client-server remote desktop software solution developed by Hewlett-Packard, to enable remote access to high-performance Workstations and the graphics intensive programs that run on them. Users of HP RGS connect to their powerful Workstations from many different devices including other Workstations, PCs, Windows tablets and thin-client machines. This allows them to use low powered or mobile devices to access all the compute and graphics power of a workstation, including real time manipulation of large, complex 3D models.
With HP RGS all the processing, including hardware-accelerated graphics with the latest OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX rendering is done on the remote workstation. HP RGS is distinguished by its proprietary compression algorithms which allows for real-time transmission of complex 3D images and video, which traditional remote desktop protocols struggle with. This opens up the use of remote desktops and thin clients to graphics-intensive industries such as CAD, Film and Animation which have previously required local workstations.
HP RGS also allows multiple people to connect to the same remote workstation and collaborate on projects. supports remote USB and sound. HP markets RGS for "Real-Time Collaboration", "Workstation-Class Mobility" and "Remote Workers"
There are two components to the software, the sender (for the remote workstation) and the receiver (for the local client device). Both Sender and receiver are supported on Windows and Linux
HP started including RGS with all of its Workstations with version 5.4.7. HP RGS can be downloaded from HP and run on HP Z workstations for free. Other hardware requires a license for the HP RGS sender. The receiver is a free download for Windows and Linux clients.
The RGS video compression codec, designated HP3, is derived from a patented system developed for the NASA Mars Rover program. This implies that HP3 is an implementation of the ICER wavelet compression scheme and potentially the first real-time commercial product based on ICER.