Thin client performance in BSF schools
I work in a school that uses thin clients for word processing and the like but in the ICT labs we have fat clients as thin is too thin when running Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks with Netops in the background.
My question is this; How do BSF schools get around the problem of graphics and memory intensive software running on thin client only architecture?
I am an ICT teacher but years ago I once was a network manager so don't kick me out the forum yet. My school has applied for BSF funding and if given the go ahead we will have managed thin client architecture. Will I still be able to teach with all these programs running?
Technical issues with Thin Client if BSF schools
Thanks for your very prompt and in depth replies - It seems to be dependent on the very many ways of implementing the architecture that will make or break the running of mem intensive software.
We try and lead our ICT teaching here on the latest technologies but from what you guys are saying it looks as though its down to how Sun / Bradford partnership implement the architecture. At the moment it looks like we'll be fully BSF'd in three years. It would be interesting to know how present BSF schools get on running CS3 suite etc on the platforms that Sun have implemented? - Have SUN installed "fat"er clients for ICT labs and how well do they run? Does the school have to specify its ICT needs in the process or do I assume that SUN / Bradford have it all to hand? Does anyone know if they are running thin clients in the academies?
Thanks for those that have commented already.
Thin client performance requirements
My first post on edugeeks, having lurked for a while, firstly just wanted to say thanks for the excellent information that the community provides. More than once over the last six months I've found answers on here that I was struggling to find elsewhere.
I have been tracking the discussion about thin client for a while now - I'm involved with a couple of schools in Bradford who are likely to be moving to the BSF solution shortly, which as others have said is a largely thin client (mix of wired desktop and wireless laptop solutions).
I have a couple of questions:
1) Graphically intensive rather than "processor intensive" applications are increasingly important to general ICT use in schools, I think. While a small but growing proportion of use is in power applications like photoshop, it's the day to day youtube/newsvideo sites that sees broad curriculum use. My limited technical understanding and research suggests that there are technology improvements coming which reduce the streamed bandwidth from servers to thin clients for this type of content, and use graphics processors in the thin clients to render the video. Anyone know of a good site with a backgrounder in thin client where I could do some reading up?
2) User acceptance testing of thin client seems to be a grey area. I've struggled to identify any tools specifically designed to measure performance on thin client networks/clients, or indeed to find any specifications for what reasonable user performance requirements might be given that the nature of network traffic on thin client is different to "traditional" networks. Does anyone have any experience in this?