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Virtualized Screen: A Third Element for Cloud-Mobile Convergence
April-June 2011 (vol. 18 no. 2)
pp. 4-11
Yan Lu, Microsoft Research Asia
Shipeng Li, Microsoft Research Asia
Huifeng Shen, Microsoft Research Asia

Editor's Note

Mobile and cloud computing have emerged as the new computing platforms and are converging into a powerful cloud–mobile computing platform. This article envisions a virtualized screen as a new dimension in such a platform to further optimize the overall computing experience for users. In a virtualized screen, screen rendering is done in the cloud, and delivered as images to the client for interactive display. This enables thin-client mobile devices to enjoy many computationally intensive and graphically rich services. Technical challenges are discussed and addressed. Two novel cloud-mobile applications, Cloud Browser and Cloud Phone, are presented to demonstrate the advantages of such a virtualized screen.

Wenjun Zeng

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Index Terms:
cloud computing, cloud–mobile convergence, remote computing, screen coding, remote display, multimedia and graphics, Multimedia at Work, IEEE MultiMedia
Citation:
Yan Lu, Shipeng Li, Huifeng Shen, "Virtualized Screen: A Third Element for Cloud-Mobile Convergence," IEEE Multimedia, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 4-11, April-June 2011, doi:10.1109/MMUL.2011.33
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