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Development of virtual network computing (VNC) environment for networking and enhancing user experience

Al-Malki, Dana Mohammed (2006). Development of virtual network computing (VNC) environment for networking and enhancing user experience. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University London)


Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a thin client developed by Real VNC Ltd, Formerly of Olivetti Research Ltd/AT&T labs Cambridge and can be used as a collaborative environment, therefore it has been chosen as the basis of this research study. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate and develop a VNC based environment over the network and to improve the users’ Quality of Experience (QoE) of using VNC between networked groups by the incorporation of videoconferencing with VNC and enhancing QoE in Mobile environments where the network status is far from ideal and is prone to disconnection.

This thesis investigates the operation of VNC in different environments and scenarios such as wireless environments by investigating user and device mobility and ways to sustain their seamless connection when in motion. As part of the study I also researched all groups that implement VNC like universities, research groups and laboratories and virtual laboratories. In addition to that I identified the successful features and security measures in VNC in order to create a secure environment. This was achieved by pinpointing the points of strength and weakness in VNC as opposed to popular thin clients and remote control applications and analysing VNC according to conforming to several security measures.

Furthermore, it is reasonable to say that the success of any scheme that attempts to deliver desirable levels of Quality of Service (QoS) of an effective application for the future Internet must be based, not only on the progress of technology, but on usersʹ requirements. For instance, a collaborative environment has not yet reached the desired expectation of its users since it is not capable of handling any unexpected events which can result from a sudden disconnection of a nomadic user engaged in an ongoing collaborative session; this is consequently associated with breaking the social dynamics of the group collaborating in the session. Therefore, I have concluded that knowing the social dynamics of application’s users as a group and their requirements and expectations of a successful experience can lead an application designer to exploit technology to autonomously support the initiating and maintaining of social interaction. Moreover, I was able to successfully develop a VNC based environment for networked groups that facilitates the administration of different remote VNC sessions. In addition to a prototype that uses videoconferencing in parallel to VNC to provide a better user’s QoE of VNC. The last part of the thesis was concerned with designing a framework to improve and assess QoE of all users in a collaborative environment where it can be especially applied in the presence of nomadic clients with their much frequent disconnections. I have designed a conceptual algorithm called Improved Collaborative Quality of Experience (IC‐QoE), an algorithm that aims to eliminate frustration and improve QoE of users in a collaborative session in the case of disconnections and examined its use and benefits in real world scenarios such as research teams and implemented a prototype to present the concepts of this algorithm. Finally, I have designed a framework to suggest ways to evaluate this algorithm.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
Doctoral Theses
School of Science & Technology > School of Science & Technology Doctoral Theses
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