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VMware Tech Talk

Date:September 26, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Location:Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Center For Career Education by sending email to .

VMware will be hosting a Tech Talk on Wednesday, September 26th! 

Stop in to learn more about VMware's cutting edge technology from a senior member of R&D! 

Dinner is on us! 

Tech Talk:

“Comprehensive user experience monitoring at cloud-scale”



In today's networked world, users increasingly consume multimedia content that is streamed in real-time to their client devices. This content may comprise of a user's entire desktop (as is the case with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions), specific applications (e.g. Software as a Service (SaaS), application publishing and online gaming) or video/audio streaming. This paradigm shift is evidenced by the significant emphasis that VMware is placing on this space, both with its internal application development and its recent acquisitions. In all these scenarios, across different client devices and networks, users demand a near-flawless rich multimedia experience. To ensure this experience, audio quality, video quality, as well as the synchronization between the streams (to ensure good "lip-sync") must meet stringent criteria. In addition to these considerations, a user’s experience is also highly influenced by the responsiveness of interactive operations, such as scrolling, panning or window dragging (for both 2D and 3D workloads). To-date, tracking these metrics, especially at cloud scale, has been very imprecise.


This talk discusses the techniques and tools that VMware has developed to solve all of these problems and enable accurate, real-time, automated monitoring of users' multimedia experience. We also highlight the potential of these tools by illustrating their ability to analyze the performance of VDI solutions in a variety of network environments. Finally, we discuss ideas to extend these techniques from a monitoring capacity to providing real-time optimization of user experience.


Engineer Bio:

Dr. Lawrence Spracklen joined VMware in 2010, and is a Senior Staff Engineer in the R&D performance group, where he has recently focused on the performance of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) deployments. Prior to joining VMware Lawrence worked at both Nvidia and Sun Microsystems, where he alternated between performance and processor architecture. Lawrence holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Aberdeen and a B.Sc. in Computational Physics from the University of York. Lawrence has been granted over 20 US and international patents.


Target Audience: Undergrad, Masters, & PhD
Suggested Attire: Casual

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