VMware View fully virtualized GPU NVIDIA VGX [VIDEO]

The team at the Dell Solution Center recorded this video that demonstrate the power of the NVIDIA VGX virtualized GPU for VDI environment. In this video the display protocol in use is PCoIP.

NVIDIA VGX uniquely addresses the user experience issues of traditional VDI by adding a fully virtualized GPU board into each of your VDI hosts. This now enables up to one hundred users to share a VGX board with GPU-accelerated VDI (GPU-VDI). The result is high responsive windows, multimedia playback, and the ability to execute enterprise applications such as AutoCAD and Photoshop without performance issues. The technology literally convert any average desktop or thin-client into a graphical performance workstation.


If you have problems watching the video please click the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pEEZ16SCR4
This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.


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    • deki on 08/11/2012 at 10:17 pm

    vSphere vGPU ?

    • daunce on 08/12/2012 at 12:24 am

    Is this a competing product for Teradici’s Apex card? How is it different?

  1. @daunce
    No. The Teradici APEX2800 card only accelerates PCoIP encoding, offloading CPU processing. The NVIDIA VGX is a virtualized GPU and will be responsible for rendering the images that are then encoded and transmitted via PCoIP. In fact, you can use both boards simultaneously in a host to accelerate graphic performance even more.


  2. @deki
    As far as I know NVIDIA VGX uses a DevTap API (DevTap is a way for other processes to “tap” into the device layer) with vSphere, so it’s not directly integrated with the hypervizor.

    There is a reason for that; if the virtualized GPU is in vSphere, than workload mobility functions such as vMotion, DRS and Fault Tolerance would not work.


    • Constantin on 08/15/2012 at 7:14 am

    Can’t awaiting this and the pricing. I think the user experience with a real gpu should be awesome.
    At the moment you can’t really watch a youtube video or sth. else with some proper lags in a view session with no gpu.

    • steven on 08/20/2012 at 1:06 pm

    seems like vmotion would work as long as you had 2 or more hosts with the vgx card and they were in there own cluster. But you could not vmotion with a host that did not have the card?

  3. @steven
    Yes, you will be able to VMotion if you have the cards on both servers. NVIDIA VGX uses a DevTap API (DevTap is a way for other processes to “tap” into the device layer) with vSphere, so it’s not directly integrated with the hypervizor. Perhaps you will also be able to VMotion to hosts without the card, but than you lose GPU offloading capabilities.


    • Larsen on 08/28/2012 at 10:07 am


    the new vSphere 5.1 is Supporting vGPU with VGX for more new Features see:



    • Ricardo Espada (@crash_pr) on 03/07/2013 at 3:56 am

    can you have more than one GPU in a host?

  4. Ricardo-

    I consulted with an internal resource and up to 8 GPUs are supported per host. This would mean 8 users in vDGA mode (1:1), and users up until GPU RAM is exhausted for vSGA.

    • Ernesto on 03/11/2013 at 10:43 am

    Andre IHAC and they want to know if there are some projects for VDI in geosciences apps.

    One of their apps is Pretel SW:

  5. Ernesto, I would not know the right answer here as I never heard of this tool. However, we do have many customers using Horizon View for video rendering and OpenGL application type.


    • Warren Marcelino on 03/24/2013 at 9:07 am

    If we where to use the same demo that Dell’s team preformed but placed the demo in either vDGA or vSGA mode would we see the same level of performance between the two modes using the assumption and constraint that you where in only active user at that time? Also does anyone know if this was with the Tesla or Kepler card?

  6. We’ve virtualised Schlumberger Petrel and other scientific applications onto a VDI infrastructure with great results, both with dedicated and shared GPU facilities and provisioning users desktops to VMs or physicals (brokered access to workstations). This stuff really is ready for production now. Take a look at a recent article:

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