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Nvidia VGX to accelerate smartphone and tablet remote desktops

When a Tegra chip is just not good enough
Wed May 16 2012, 13:33

CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced its VGX service that allows firms to virtualise GPUs on mobile devices.

Nvidia's VGX service will mean firms can render desktops with render servers using GPGPUs. According to Nvidia, its VGX service will allow customers to accelerate desktops on devices such as smartphones and tablets as if they are locally running on the desktop.

For Nvidia VGX is more than just a board, even though the firm is producing a VGX branded board with four GPUs and 16GB of onboard memory. Nvidia will also flog a VGX hypervisor that sits on top of other hypervisors such as Citrix Xenserver, and Nvidia User Selectable Machines manageability software will allow administrators to pick the graphics capabilities available on particular devices.

Nvidia didn't say much about the specifications of its VGX branded boards other than that the four GPUS each have 192 CUDA codes, each accessing 4GB of memory. The firm said the boards are designed to be passively cooled, but there is no word whether these GPUs are based on the Kepler architecture, or mention of their clock speeds.

Jeff Brown, GM of the Professional Solutions Group at Nvidia said, "Nvidia VGX represents a new era in desktop virtualization. It delivers an experience nearly indistinguishable from a full desktop while substantially lowering the cost of a virtualized PC."

Nvidia claims its VGX service can accelerate more than just the Windows desktop, saying the service could make 3D design and simulation applications run smoothly. It must be hoping that customers will use its VGX service to accelerate graphics on the increasing number of tablets that are being asked to do more than just read email and browse web sites. µ


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