ORBX is a technology developed to bridge clouds and clients independently of the device. ORBX was born from a partnership between Otoy and Mozilla, then consolidated by the foundations between Otoy, Autodesk, Nvidia and Amazon. It’s main goal is to abstract client devices under the HTML5 technologies of a modern browser. Described as the future of the web, it can offer a workstation class solution to run on mobile or with cloud gaming to develop massive optimization for their resource titles.
On the top of the Otoy, ORBX AMI is distributed in the AWS marketplace “Autodesk edition”. It includes the complete CAD and CG software suite, pre-installed. At the time of this writing the workstation AMI provides a Nvidia Kepler 4Gb GPU, 8 core Xeon CPU and 15Gb memory specifications for a little bit more than 101円 per hour. Scaling up the GPU is still under construction but it’s said to be possible in the near future. Large companies can have custom Amazon support and unlock a private solution.
The virtual workstation can be accessed via VNC but our main interest is in the HTML5 solution. The API consists of the URL itself where all specifications–including client bandwidth–can be customized. With a 5 Mbs setting on WiFi, only a few small compression artifacts were visible on a large painting zone of the screen.
Otoy promised to open the ORBX.js code on Github but still has yet to do it.