PDL Abstract

Quantifying Interactive User Experience on Thin Clients

IEEE Computer. March, 2006.

Niraj Tolia, David G. Andersen, and M. Satyanarayanan

School of Computer Science & Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


The adequacy of thin-client computing is highly variable and depends on both the application and the available network quality.For intensely interactive applications, a crisp user experience may be hard to guarantee. An alternative —stateless thick clients— preserves many of the benefits of thin-client computing but eliminates its acute sensitivity to network latency.