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Nvidia launches Grid virtual GPU with Citrix for graphics-intensive remote working

Allows designers and software engineers to work from anywhere on portable devices
Thu Dec 19 2013, 14:42
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CHIP MAKER Nvidia has launched a virtual GPU (vGPU) technology, Nvidia Grid with Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 and Citrix XenServer 6.2 virtualisation software to allow designers and engineers who use graphically intensive applications to work remotely.

The technology lets employees use any computing device, including their own notebooks and portable devices, to access all their office productivity and design applications virtually – just as they would at their desks – from anywhere at any time.

Nvidia claims the software will liberate those who are limited in where they can work due to the relatively large computers needed to do their jobs.

"Businesses have increasingly relied on desktop virtualisation technologies to provide employees with anytime access to computing resources. However, until Grid, virtual apps and desktops had to rely on CPU-based graphics to scale on servers," Nvidia said, highlighting that constraints in performance and compatibility have made it difficult to virtualise video and photo-editing applications, for example.

"Prior to Grid vGPU on Citrix XenDesktop, customers could deploy Grid to virtualise GPU access to end users on a one-to-one basis. Now, they can quickly share access on one GPU to many end users, and easily reallocate access depending on changing project needs," Nvidia added.

According to Nvidia, Grid is the "industry's only" offering that enables GPU sharing without sacrificing application compatibility. With GRID vGPU on Citrix XenDesktop, users can share access on one GPU to many end users, and reallocate resources to users based on changing project needs. For institutions in higher education, for example, Grid vGPU enables scalable lab environments.

Nvidia's Grid vGPU technology also allows multiple virtual machines to share a GPU and run the full Nvidia driver for 100 percent application compatibility. µ


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