Charles Murray

June 17, 2013

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Virtual Desktop Environments Coming to Creo Design Apps

Software maker PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.

"With virtualization, they can put Creo on a server and work anyplace where they have access to the Internet," Brian Thompson, vice president of CREO product management for PTC, told Design News at the PTC Live Global 2013 conference this week. "They don't need to be tied to a workstation."

The Creo product design software suite will offer the virtual desktop environment in five of its applications: Creo Parametric, Creo Direct, Creo Layout, Creo Options Modeler, and Creo Simulate. Starting with PTC Creo 2.0 M060, those applications will be supported by PTC when running on virtualized desktops on an IBM server.

The virtual strategy could give a productivity boost to designers, who often must get global teams up and running quickly in new locales. Virtualization of PTC Creo helps them do that simply by updating a single server. The company said the technology would enable design teams to work on huge assemblies stored on remote computers with little or no latency.

Thompson said the key to the strategy is the freedom it gives to design teams. "They can be in the middle of defining a feature and they can stop and pick it up later somewhere else, without ever missing a beat," he told us.

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Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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