Remote Graphics Software

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Remote Graphics Software
Remote graphics software logo.jpg
Developer(s) Hewlett-Packard
Stable release 7.0 / June 2014; 5 months ago (2014-06)
Operating system HP-UX (No longer supported), Red Hat Linux, HP ThinPro, Windows 7, Windows 8
Type Remote desktop software (client software and server software)
License Proprietary
Website http://hp.com/go/rgs

HP Remote Graphics Software or HP RGS is a client-server remote desktop software solution developed by Hewlett-Packard and initially launched in 2003.[1] HP RGS enables remote access to high-performance workstations (or virtual workstations[2]) from many different devices including other Workstations, PCs, Windows tablets and thin-clients.[3] The software is targeted at remote access to graphic intensive applications and complex 3D models. Collaboration, or screen sharing, between multiple users, remote USB and sound, as well as Windows and Linux are also supported. HP markets RGS for "Real-Time Collaboration", "Workstation-Class Mobility" and "Remote Workers"

With HP RGS all the processing, including hardware-accelerated graphics with the latest OpenGL or DirectX rendering is done on the workstation and only compressed bitmap images (the screen) are sent to the client device. 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, oil and gas exploration, animation, architecture engineering and construction which previously required local workstations.

There are two components to the software, the sender (for the workstation) and the receiver (or client device). The software supports OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX. HP started including RGS with all of its desktop workstations starting with version 5.4.7.[4] RGS can be downloaded from HP and run on HP desktop and mobile Z series workstations for free. Other hardware requires a license for the HP RGS sender. The receiver is a free download for Windows and Linux clients.

An early version of the HP RGS video compression codec, is derived from a patented system developed by HP Labs and used in the NASA Mars Rover program. [5]

Industry Use Cases[edit]

HP Remote Graphics software is used in many industries including:

Oil and Gas[edit]

HP RGS is used for its performance with high visual fidelity and support for Linux based applications. The massive amounts of data going into the visualizations make a server/client model ideal.[6]

Financial Traders[edit]

HP RGS stability and support for multiple high resolution displays and fast update rate have made it ideal for this market since the release of the HP Blade Workstation solution in 2006.[7]

Animation, TV, Film and Special Effects[edit]

HP RGS support for Linux based applications, real time collaboration and visual fidelity have made it ideal for TV, film and animation studios.[8][9]

Architecture Engineering and Construction[edit]

HP RGS is used for collaboration to enable subject matter experts to work on various projects around the globe. Centralizing large data sets and remoting the pixels allows users to spend more time working and less time loading the project for the day.[10]

Product Design[edit]

HP RGS is used to collaborate on design projects and enable remote workers.[11]

Education[edit]

Engineering and Animation programs get the same benefits as their professional counterparts with the added benefit of allowing students to access the expensive applications from home 24/7.[12][13]

Versions[edit]

The HP RGS release notes are posted at www.hp.com/go/rgs

Date Version Major features added
September 2014 7.0.1 Added support for ThinPro 4.4 and 5.0. Added a sender property that allows ordering and selection of RGS license types. Easy Login functionality is no longer limited to certain hardware platforms.
June 2014 7.0 Upgraded HP Velocity to version 2.1 to further improved connectivity and packet loss protection. Traffic protected by HP Velocity now uses UDP, rather than TCP. A host of new tablet features has been introduced: Gesture-to-hotkey mapping. Users can assign a series of keystrokes to a gesture via the new gestures tab in the UI. Virtual Mouse. The virtual mouse allows for precise onscreen mouse control on a tablet. Zoom & Pan. Tablet users are able to zoom and pan around the sender desktop. Various improvements to the user interface for touch optimization and improved toolbar control.
August 2014 6.0.6
March 2014 6.0.5 Added support for ThinPro 4.4 and new Bloomberg Keyboards. The use of the installer command line has changed. See the user guide for details.
6.0.4 Added a sender property that allows collaboration without displaying a collaboration authorization dialog (see rgsenderconfig).
6.0.3
6.0.2 Added support for Advanced Video Compression in directory mode. Added support for RHEL 6.4. Enabled support for ThinPro 3.3, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3. to RGS 6
6.0.1
February 2013 6.0 RGS has a new UI look and feel. All UI components associated with RGS have been enhanced to improve aesthetics and usability. The RGS sender and receiver can be configured to encode screen updates with an H.264 codec. H.264 consumes less bandwidth when compared with legacy codecs in many situations. H.264 settings are available in the Performance tab of the Settings panel under "Advanced Video Compression". The RGS sender and receiver provide an install-time option to enable HP Velocity WAN optimization. This optimization provides improved network performance when packet loss and latency are present in the environment. Added support for Microsoft Windows 8 (desktop mode) for both Sender and Receiver.
June 2012 5.4.8 Added Linux Screen blanking. Support for SLED11 Sender. Support for RHEL6.2 Sender. IP address filtering. Linux Audio enhancements. ThinPro 4.1. Linux "easy login" equivalent.
October 2011 5.4.7
June 2011 5.4.6
January 2011 5.4.5
April 2010 5.4.0
November 2003 HP Remote Workstation Support for remote connection to HP Personal Workstations and collaboration

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