NVIDIA HAS LAUNCHED the second generation of its GRID 2.0 virtual GPU technology. GRID 2.0 promises double the performance over the previous version, and is open to twice as many users. It also now supports Linux users as opposed to just Windows.
Nvidia's GRID 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. Since its launch in late 2013, the software has liberated those who are limited in where they can work owing to the relatively large computers needed to do their jobs.
"With the launch of the second generation of GRID virtualisation technology, we are doubling the number of users we support, opening up to a larger class of users and doubling performance, so users can take advantage of the latest and greatest apps available with 2.0," said Nvidia during a briefing call.
As well as scalability, the virtual GPU update also brings support for server blades in data centres instead of being a rack-only solution, which the firm hopes will open the technology to a broader set of users.
"Blade servers are really about server density in the data centre and this was probably one of the biggest requests we were getting from users, so putting GRID in blade servers means they can take advantage of many new uses," the firm said.
Nvidia explained that the addition of Linux support is down to the firm "seeing more and more Linux-based systems popping up in various sectors, including federal and local government spaces", showing a growing market potential for GRID 2.0.
Before GRID came along, virtual apps and desktops had to rely on CPU-based graphics to scale on servers, which highlighted how constraints in performance and compatibility made it difficult to virtualise video- and photo-editing applications, for example.
The doubling of GRID's performance and support will mean that users are even less constrained by what they can do on the desktop, and can take advantage of power-hungry apps to chew through heavy workloads.
Nvidia said that VMware is a launch partner of GRID 2.0 and will deploy it in hypervisors, along with many other upcoming partners including Cisco. µ
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