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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  1. deki

    vSphere vGPU ?

  2. daunce

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

  3. Andre Leibovici

    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.


  4. Andre Leibovici

    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.


  5. Constantin

    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.

  6. steven

    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?

  7. Andre Leibovici

    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.


  8. Larsen


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



  9. Ricardo Espada (@crash_pr)

    can you have more than one GPU in a host?

  10. Chuck Hirstius


    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.

  11. Ernesto

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

    One of their apps is Pretel SW:

  12. Andre Leibovici

    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.


  13. Warren Marcelino

    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?

  14. vSphereGuy

    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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