The year ahead: #8 Rob Jamieson

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We asked 13 movers, shakers and thinkers from different industry sectors what they reckon the big trends, developments and challenges will be in their sector in the coming year. This is what they had to say:

Rob Jamieson – ISV Alliances Manager, Workstation Graphics AMD

Rob Jamieson

Desktop virtualisation (VDI) is going to be a big trend for 2013. For 3D CAD it means you can use a low powered device to remotely access a high performance 3D computer. This could be over LAN or even over the internet.

There’s been a lot of noise about VDI this year, but it’s more than just hype. I used it recently to run Autodesk Fusion 360 remotely on an APU-powered tablet and had a good 3D experience. Using 3ds Max with Citrix server also worked well.

Yes, running CAD on 3 HD screens is a lot better experience than a tiny tablet. But it’s all about having access to workstation-class 3D performance wherever you are. After all it’s not always possible to wheel your high-end workstation setup from office to meeting room, to client premises to home.