Published on Sunday, 20 May 2012
NVIDIA has been developing the VGX platform to enable a virtualized desktop with the graphics
and GPU computing performance of a PC or workstation to people using any connected device.
|The NVIDIA VGX platform was dsigned for access to a true, cloud PC from any device – thin client, laptop, tablet or smartphone – regardless of its operating system, with a responsive experience for the range of applications normally found on an office PC.|
|According to NVIDIA, users will have a GPU-accelerated desktop similar to a traditional local PC. The platform’s delivery and ultra-low latency remote display are expected to extend use to 3D design and simulation tools, previously found to be too demanding for a virtualized desktop.
Integrating the VGX platform into a corporate network also enables enterprise IT departments to address the challenges of employees bringing their own computing device to work. It delivers a remote desktop to these devices, providing users the same access they have on their desktop terminal. It amy also bring a potential to reduce overall IT spend, improve data security and data centre complexity.
|NVIDIA VGX is based on three hardware and software systems. NVIDIA VGX boards are designed for hosting large numbers of users in an energy-efficient way. The first NVIDA VGX board is configured with four GPUs and 16 GB of memory, and fits into the regular industry-standard PCI Express interface in servers. The NVIDIA VGX GPU Hypervisor is a software layer that integrates into commercial hypervisors, such as the Citrix XenServer, enabling virtualization of the GPU. NVIDIA User Selectable Machines or USMs are a management option to allow enterprises to configure the graphics capabilities delivered to individual users in the network, based on their demands. Capabilities range from true PC uses available with the NVIDIA standard USM to enhanced 3D design and engineering usage with NVIDIA Quadro or NVIDIA NVS GPUs.
The NVIDIA VGX platform serves up to 100 users from a single server powered by one VGX board, representing an opportunity to improve user density on a single server compared with traditional virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI. It can reduce such issues as latency, sluggish interaction and limited application support, which may be associated with traditional virtual desktop systems. The NVIDIA VGX platform is part of a series of announcements NVIDIA made recently at the GPU Technology Conference. www.nvidia.com