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NVIDIA GRID vGPU
Enterprise Graphics Virtualization
NVIDIA Grid vGPU. Enterprise Graphics Virtualization.
Explore a superior virtual desktop experience with VMware and NVIDIA GRID vGPU.
 

VIRTUAL GPU TECHNOLOGY

NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions. This technology provides exceptional graphics performance for virtual desktops equivalent to local PCs when sharing a GPU among multiple users.

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 user's desk.

With GRID 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 virtualized graphics performance.


NVIDIA shared GPU technology (vGPU)


VGPU PROFILES MEAN CUSTOMIZED, DEDICATED GRAPHICS MEMORY

The GRID vGPU manager allows for simple management of user profiles with a single-pane-of-glass management console. IT managers can easily assign the optimal amount of graphics memory and deliver a customized graphics profile 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 run their applications.

GRID vGPU 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 card has four GPUs, allowing 32 users to share a single card. Each NVIDIA GRID K2 card has two GPUs, allowing 16 users to share a single card.


*New profiles

NVIDIA GRID Graphics Board Virtual GPU Profile Application Certifications Graphics Memory Max Displays Per User Max Resolution Per Display Max Users Per Graphics Board Recommended Use Case
GRID K2 *K280Q Yes 4 GB 4 2560x1600 2 Designer
K260Q Yes 2 GB 4 2560x1600 4 Designer/Power User
K240Q Yes 1 GB 2 2560x1600 8 Designer/Power User
K220Q Yes 512 MB 2 2560x1600 16 Designer/Power User
GRID K1 *K180Q Yes 4 GB 4 2560x1600 4 Entry Designer
*K160Q Yes 2 GB 4 2560x1600 8 Power User
K140Q Yes 1 GB 2 2560x1600 16 Power User
K120Q Yes 512 MB 2 2560x1600 32 Power User

The GPU profiles undergo the same rigorous application certification process as our NVIDIA® Quadro® workstation-class processors and drivers. The NVIDIA GRID compatibility process ensures that NVIDIA GRID™ GPUs and NVIDIA drivers are fully tested and supported by industry leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure VDI environment. This process validates that users get the same graphics performance and experience in a virtualized environment, as they would expect from their PC or workstation.


DIRECT ACCESS TO NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ WITH VMware Horizon® and vSphere®

The Direct Access program provides select VMware Horizon and VMware vSphere customers priority access to NVIDIA's enterprise graphics virtualization experts and VMware's solution architects. Participants in the program will benefit from an experience designed to accelerate their desktop transformation initiative, and then move from VDI pilots into scalable production deployments.


NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ ON CITRIX XENSERVER®

GRID vGPU for Citrix XenServer is available today.


PREPARING FOR AND INSTALLING NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ ON CITRIX XENSERVER®

Step 1: Make sure you have configured XenServer 6.2 SP1 and XenDesktop 7.1 or higher.
Visit www.citrix.com/go/vgpu for more information.

Step 2: Download the NVIDIA GRID vGPU Software by visiting www.nvidia.com/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.

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