According to the company, NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology lets employees use any computing device, including their own notebooks and portable devices, to access all their office productivity and design applications virtually. That includes graphics-intensive applications like building information management (BIM), product lifecycle management (PLM), and video editing solutions.
Prior to GRID vGPU on Citrix XenDesktop, customers could deploy GRID to virtualize GPU access to end users on a one-to-one basis. Now, they can share access on one GPU to many end users, and easily reallocate access depending on changing project needs.
“Since the launch of our technology preview of XenDesktop and XenServer, we’ve demonstrated to customers worldwide that graphically demanding desktops and applications can be virtualized cost effectively and with high scalability using NVIDIA GRID vGPU,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president product marketing, desktops and apps, at Citrix. “With the general availability of XenDesktop 7.1 and XenServer 6.2, businesses everywhere can download a 60-day trial and experience the performance advantages for themselves.”
The technology allows multiple virtual machines to share a GPU and run the full NVIDIA driver, providing 100 percent application compatibility. “Designers, engineers and creative professionals are thought leaders who drive innovation in business, but historically they’ve been limited in where they can work due to the relatively large computers they needed to do their jobs,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of the Professional Visualization and Design business at NVIDIA. “With NVIDIA GRID vGPU, these innovators can now work wherever they find insight.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.