14 Aug 2013

NVIDIA GRID - Graphics For Virtualized Desktops

In May NVIDIA announced their partnership with Citrix Synergy to roll out virtualised graphics solutions to industry with the release of Citrix XenDesktop 7.

The premise is that users will have access to immense graphical power through their laptops and desktops without the need for powerful GPUs, and that the claim is that this can be accomplished feasibly with "deep compression techniques" in XenDesktop 7.  Given the increasing strain being placed on the data communication speeds of companies who are adopting more and more cloud-based services and remote data servers, the compression will have to be in orders of magnitude if they hope to be able to run this seamlessly within existing IT infrastructure.

With the introduction of new HDX GPU sharing and deep compression techniques in XenDesktop 7, NVIDIA and Citrix customers can immediately take advantage of the hosted-shared form of desktop virtualization to deliver rich, graphics-intensive applications. Using the Microsoft Windows Server RDSH and XenDesktop 7 platform can enable the sharing of GPUs across multiple user sessions.

Furthermore, the combination of Citrix XenServer and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology allows customers to efficiently share GPUs across multiple virtual machines. This allows businesses to address a broader set of users with their desktop virtualization infrastructure across a spectrum of verticals, including:

  • Architects, engineers and contractors using computer-aided design (CAD) tools, like Autodesk BIM.
  • Manufacturing businesses that want to automate the connection between product design and operations using PLM tools, like Enovia 3DLive, PTC Windchill PLM Connector and SIEMENS Teamcenter software.
  • Digital-content creation workers using video and photo editing tools, like Adobe® Photoshop® software.
  • Health-care specialists using picture archiving and communication system (PACS) applications, like GE Centricity EMR. 

Read here for the full press release

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