Sunday, 7 February 2021

Thin Client

What is a Thin Client?

A thin client is a centralized system or is a computer with a low performance optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server performs most of the work which includes launching software programs, performing calculations, streaming ultra-high definition videos, and storing data. This contrasts with a conventional personal computer (or fat client); the former is also intended for working in a client-server model but has significant local processing power, while later aims to perform its function mostly locally. A thin client is a minimal sort if the client and it uses the resources of the host computer. Thin clients generally only present processed data provided by an application server, which performs the bulk of any required data processing operations. A device using web applications (such as Office Web Applications) is a common example of a thin client.
Thin Client

Thin client hardware generally supports common peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, monitors, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g. printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include (legacy) serial or parallel ports to support older devices, such as receipt printers, scales, or time clocks. Thin client software consists of the graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (for example; Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), PCoIP), a local browser, terminal emulators, and a basic set of utilities. A thin client picture is shown in above Fig.

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