NVIDIA ANNOUNCED on Monday that Grid Test Drive, a trial that allows users to test its Grid virtual GPU (vGPU) technology, is now available in the UK, although it's only supported on Windows at present.
Grid Test Drive allows anyone interested in Nvidia's vGPU technology to give it a spin for free for 24 hours, with the firm looking for IT workers and software developers who might be interested in signing up for the service.
Nvidia launched Grid in December, claiming it is the "industry's only" offering that enables GPU sharing without sacrificing application compatibility.
Grid is essentially a vGPU technology that allows designers and engineers who use graphically intense applications, such as Autodesk Autocad along with HTML 5 web applications, to access them remotely. The applications can be accessed from a range of devices, including PCs, laptops and tablets. Nvidia's partners so far include HP, Dell, Citrix, VMware and Microsoft.
Nvidia said, "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," highlighting that constraints to performance and compatibility have made it difficult to virtualise video and photo-editing applications, for example.
At present, Nvidia's Grid test drive is only available to users of Microsoft's Windows operating system, but the firm said that it is working on Mac OS X and Linux compatibility. There's no word as to when this will be released yet, but Nvidia is promising that it will be rolled out "soon."
Those interested can access Grid Test Drive at the Nvidia website. It is also available in China, Taiwan and North America. µ