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NVIDIA GRID boards

NVIDIA’s Kepler™ architecture-based GRID boards are specifically designed to enable rich graphics in virtualised environments.

GPU Virtualisation1

GRID boards feature NVIDIA Kepler-based GPUs that, for the first time, allow hardware virtualisation of the GPU. This means multiple users can share a single GPU, improving user density while providing true PC performance and compatibility.

Low-Latency Remote Display

NVIDIA’s patented low-latency remote display technology greatly improves the user experience by reducing the lag that users feel when interacting with their virtual machine. With this technology, the virtual desktop screen is pushed directly to the remoting protocol.

H.264 Encoding2

The Kepler GPU includes a high-performance H.264 encoding engine capable of encoding simultaneous streams with superior quality. This provides a giant leap forward in cloud server efficiency by offloading the CPU from encoding functions and allowing the encode function to scale with the number of GPUs in a server.

Maximum User Density

GRID boards have an optimised multi-GPU design that helps to maximise user density. The GRID K1 board features 4 GPUs and 16 GB of graphics memory, allowing it to support up to 100 users on a single board.

Power Efficiency

GRID boards are designed to provide data center-class power efficiency, including the revolutionary new streaming multiprocessor, called "SMX". The result is an innovative, proven solution that delivers revolutionary performance per-watt for the enterprise data centre.

24/7 Reliability

GRID boards are designed, built, and tested by NVIDIA for 24/7 operation. Working closely with leading server vendors such as Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, and SuperMicro ensures GRID cards perform optimally and reliably for the life of the system.

Widest Range of Virtualisation Solutions

GRID cards enable GPU-capable virtualisation solutions from Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware, delivering the flexibility to choose from a wide range of proven solutions.

 
  GRID K1 Board GRID K2 Board
Number of GPUs 4 x entry Kepler GPUs 2 x high-end Kepler GPUs
Total NVIDIA CUDA cores 768 3072
Total memory size 16 GB DDR3 8 GB GDDR5
Max power 130 W 225 W
Board length 10.5” 10.5”
Board height 4.4” 4.4”
Board width Dual slot Dual slot
Display IO None None
Aux power 6-pin connector 8-pin connector
PCIe x16 x16
PCIe generation Gen3 (Gen2 compatible) Gen3 (Gen2 compatible)
Cooling solution Passive Passive
Technical Specifications GRID K1 Board Specifications GRID K2 Board Specifications
 

1 - NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ is only supported on compatible versions of Citrix XenServer.
     Consult Citrix for compatibility.
2 - Only compatible with VMware vSphere Hypervisor. Consult VMware for compatibility.

 
 

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