NVIDIA GRID VIRTUAL GPU (vGPU) TECHNOLOGY
NVIDIA GRID™ software brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualised solutions. This gives you exceptional performance in two primary uses:
- GPU pass-through that provides a virtual machine access to a dedicated GPU
- GRID Virtual GPU (vGPU) technology that provides the most advanced way to share a GPU
NVIDIA GRID VIRTUAL GPU (VGPU) TECHNOLOGY
NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ is the industry’s most advanced technology for sharing true GPU hardware acceleration between multiple virtual desktops—without compromising the graphics experience. Application features and compatibility are exactly the same as they would be at the desk.
With vGPU technology, the graphics commands of each virtual machine are passed directly to the GPU, without translation by the hypervisor. This allows the GPU hardware to be time-sliced to deliver the ultimate in shared virtualised graphics performance.
VGPU PROFILES MEAN CUSTOMISED, DEDICATED GRAPHICS MEMORY
Take advantage of vGPU Manager to assign just the right amount of memory to meet the specific needs of each user. Every virtual desktop has dedicated graphics memory, just like they would at their desk, so they always have the resources they need to launch and use their applications.
vGPU Manager enables up to eight users to share each physical GPU, assigning the graphics resources of the available GPUs to virtual machines in a balanced approach. Each NVIDIA GRID K1 graphics card has up to four GPUs, allowing 32 users to share a single graphics card.
The GPU profiles ending in Q undergo the same rigorous application certification process as our NVIDIA® Quadro® workstation-class processors. For a list of certified applications, download NVIDIA GRID Remote Workstation Certifications (PDF 274 KB).
The GRID K100 and K200 GPU profiles are designed for the lighter graphics workloads associated with the applications that knowledge workers and power users use most of their time. These include Windows 7 with Aero enabled, viewing rich web content such as Adobe Flash or HTML 5, or simply getting the full interactive experience of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word). To understand more about the graphics requirements of your applications, consult your application vendor.
PREPARING FOR AND INSTALLING NVIDIA GRID VGPU
Step 1: Make sure you have configured XenServer 6.2.0, XenServer vGPU Tech Preview Hotfix, and XenDesktop 7.1 Tech Preview. Visit www.citrix.com/go/vgpu for more information.
Step 2: Download the NVIDIA GRID vGPU Software by visiting www.nvidia.co.uk/drivers and selecting:
- Product Type: GRID.
- Product Series: NVIDIA GRID vGPU.
- Product: GRID K1 or K2.
The GRID vGPU software package includes:
- Release Notes
- GRID vGPU User Guide
- GRID vGPU Manager
- Driver for GRID K1 or K2
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.