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The Spice project aims to provide a complete open source solution for interaction with virtualized desktop devices.The Spice project deals with both the virtualized devices and the front-end. Interaction between front-end and back-end is done using VD-Interfaces. The VD-Interfaces (VDI) enable both ends of the solution to be easily utilized by a third-party component.

The following diagram illustrates VD-Interfaces:

Currently, the project main focus is to provide high-quality remote access to QEMU virtual machine. Seeking to help break down the barriers to virtualization adoption by overcoming traditional desktop virtualization challenges, emphasizing user experience. For this purpose, Red Hat introduced the SPICE remote computing protocol that is used for Spice client-server communication. Other components developed include QXL display device and driver, etc.

The following diagram illustrates the current Spice solution on top of QEMU.

The Spice project plans to provide additional solutions, including:

  • Remote access for a physical machine
  • VM front-end for local users (i.e., render on and share devices of the same physical machine)

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