MultiSeat Computing is Opportunities Multiplied

What is the biggest challenge of the education sector to adopt technology? COST. Cost is the biggest obstacle for schools to have their own laboratory. Cost in terms of hardware acquisition, software, space, and power consumption. Thus, these problems deprived our students means to access information that will help whatever materials they currently have.

A most ideal setup is of course a one is to one setup – one PC for every student. So if you’re going to setup a computer laboratory to accomodate 40 students, the school would need 40 computers. You need electricity to power up these computers, space, airconditioning, tables, chairs, and a lot more. Other schools do it this way – 1 computer for 5 students, you want to know the meaning of ‘sharing’, this is the best demonstration.

Would it be possible for us to have One (1) PC and share the resources of this PC to like 10 students? The answer is Yes. It’s called multiseat computing.

A setup involving one PC that can deliver full functionality to more users is called a “multiseat configuration”. This configuration is consist of a single computer which supports multiple independent users at the same time. The configuration typically consists of a set of input like keyboard and mouse, and output (like monitor and headphones devices for each user.

On the onset, having a multiseat configuration gives any adopters savings. Multiseats are cost-effective since users need not buy separate motherboards, microprocessors, RAM, hard disks and other components for each user. Simple math will tell you that buying one high speed CPU will costs less than buying several slower CPUs.

Other advantages: Huge savings on computers / Less maintenance / Energy saving(-80%) / Less noise and heat / Stable Ubuntu software / For schools:Edubuntu / Configure what the users can do on each seat / View remotely what happens on each screen / Remote start programs on each screen / Remote help and a lot more.

Multiseat systems are ideal for schools and education. Students learn to work with free software and free formats. And schools with tight budgets can still setup a computer laboratory to enable more students to join the technology revolution, since as mentioned multiseat systems has a lot of advantages, foremost its affordability. Space availability will also be solved since a multiseat setup will not require as much space as a one-to-one PC setup.

So how does it work: A teacher uses a host computer to which other workstations – monitor, keyboard, mouse – can hook up via USB or video card. Running Windows MultiPoint Server, the host computer essentially runs in multiple instances – each student works independently in his or her own environment.

Again, the idea is for schools to be able to save money on computer hardware by eliminating the need to purchase a bunch of computers. They just need one – plus a monitor, keyboard and mouse for each student. It’s as simple as that. So for a setup of 40 computers, one needs to buy Four (4) PCs. Now that is savings.

Multiseat computing is not only for education – it can also be used in other application solutions for corporate, government and home requirements. Its all about giving opportunities to everyone at the most afforable and effective way.


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