Applications such as videoconferencing and watching videos can take up a lot of central processing unit (CPU) compute power in thin client environments, making it difficult to multitask and affecting the overall user experience. AMD is addressing this challenge head-on by partnering with Citrix to improve multimedia performance in Linux®-based thin client systems with the new Citrix Optimization for Linux.
By offloading functions from the CPU and redirecting them to the graphics processing unit (GPU) decode engine, the new Citrix Optimization for Linux, co-developed by AMD, frees up CPU usage for other activities and helps improve the frame per second (FPS) performance for multimedia activities. This enables end-users to take full advantage of the resources available and do more with the same Linux-based thin clients. This plugin can be seamlessly integrated into existing Citrix Receiver Deployments, reducing the time it takes for the optimized system to be up and running.
For example, in testing with the new Citrix Optimization for Linux running on an AMD G-Series GX-224 with Ubuntu 16.04.1, we saw up to 90% lower CPU usage on average and up to 60% higher FPS in 4K video playback.1
Click here to see the optimization in action with a video showing both the CPU cycle offload and frame per second performance improvement using the Citrix Optimization for Linux.
“Our collaboration with AMD helps ensure our Citrix Optimization for Linux provides customers with superior graphics, performance and an increased ability to multitask, all while minimizing CPU utilization with the new,” said Sridhar Mullapudi, vice president of product management, Citrix. “Together we provide our customers an improved Linux-based thin client experience with premium multimedia capabilities.”
Learn more about AMD’s thin client leadership and the Citrix Optimization for Linux by AMD here.
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1. AMD Internal Testing November 2016. System configuration with AMD Embedded G-Series GX-224IJ with 2.4 GHz dual core processor, 4GB of DD3 2133 MHz AMD Radeon Memory, and SanDisk X110 128GB SSD running Ubuntu 16.04.1 (kernel version 4.4). Benchmarks were done in a simulated Citrix session at 4K resolution. With Citrix Optimization off, CPU usage was 85% on average; with Citrix Optimization on, CPU usage was 6% for a reduction of 92.9% in CPU usage with Citrix Optimization on. With Citrix Optimization off, average FPS was 26.42; with Citrix Optimization on, average FPS was 42.18 for an improvement of 59.6% in FPS with Citrix Optimization on. Testing was conducted in a single run, results may vary.