The Tech Lab is always one of the highlights of iForum. It provides a tremendous opportunity for customers, partners and industry analysts to speak directly with Citrix engineers who know the ins and outs of our technologies. This year, in support of the Citrix Multimedia Virtualization Initiative, we are planning to showcase a wide range of multimedia virtualization technologies, many of which are still baking in our R&D ovens. This blog post provides a sneak peek at what you’ll be able to see (and hear) if you’re attending the iForum 07 App Delivery Expo in Las Vegas, October 22-25, 2007. There may be last-minute adjustments so I won’t make any guarantees but here’s a brief preview that I’m sure will whet your appetite if you’re interested in the delivery of multimedia applications and desktops.

SpeedScreen Progressive Display
The latest in a series of half a dozen SpeedScreen technologies, SpeedScreen Progressive Display optimizes the user experience for graphics-intensive applications like PACS and GIS. When the user scrolls an application window or moves a graphical object, SpeedScreen Progressive Display first sends lower resolution images. Then it sends the full resolution image once the motion stops. The result is a very responsive user experience, even over a WAN connection. As a side benefit, this approach also reduces network bandwidth consumption by up to 93%.

SpeedScreen Multimedia Acceleration on Windows Server 2008
The upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 introduces Media Foundation -- Microsoft’s next generation multimedia platform -- to Windows Server. SpeedScreen Multimedia Acceleration, which provides high quality synchronized audio-video delivery by leveraging client-side resources, will be ready for this technology evolution.

OpenGL acceleration
Project Pictor is tackling the challenge of delivering high-end CAD applications built on the OpenGL 3D graphics API by leveraging server-side graphics processing hardware.

Vista Aero theme support
Running Vista Aero on your PC? This new technology will ensure that applications delivered by Presentation Server blend seamlessly onto your Aero desktop.

Vista Aero desktop remoting
This could be one of the most attention-grabbing demos in this year’s Tech Lab. Even if your organization’s move to Vista is still a ways off, you’ll be impressed that Citrix engineers are developing technologies to deliver virtual Vista desktops that include the full Aero experience (‘glass’ effects, Windows Flip 3D animations, etc.). Even more exciting is the ability to deliver Vista Aero to end points that are not Vista Premium Ready, including thin clients and PCs running Windows XP.

WPF and DirectX application remoting
Not just your typical business applications . . . You’ll be surprised at what our engineers can remote with this new technology, still under development.

“Ulysses” audio codec
You’ll want to put on the headphones so you can hear this one. The new “Ulysses” codec delivers excellent sound quality at a fraction of the bandwidth of the current ICA audio codec. More on this in my next blog post.

Cisco VoIP softphone on Presentation Server
Cisco and Citrix have been working together to achieve compatibility of the Cisco voice-over-IP softphone, IP Communicator, with Presentation Server. This demo will show you how it works. If you’re interested in the virtualization of softphones, you’ll also want to visit HP’s booth to check out streaming of the Cisco softphone to an HP thin client.

So give yourself plenty of time . . . There’s a lot to see at this year’s iForum Tech Lab!

Derek Thorslund
Product Strategist, Multimedia Virtualization