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Nvidia Reveals VGX Cloud GPU Technology

Nvidia has just unveiled its new VGX platform at the GPU Technology Conference, a solution which leverages the power of Nvidia's new Kepler technology in the world of the enterprise cloud.

The Nvidia VGX platform offers a virtualised desktop with the graphics performance of a PC to any employee. In other words, staff can remotely tap into the power of a full office PC from their smartphone, tablet or other mobile device, regardless of the operating system, to access a GPU-accelerated desktop.

Ultra-low latency is promised, and the solution addresses the increasing prevalence of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon, with staff able to use the remote desktop on any of their personal devices without security worries.

Jeff Brown, general manager of the Professional Solutions Group at Nvidia, commented: "NVIDIA VGX represents a new era in desktop virtualisation. It delivers an experience nearly indistinguishable from a full desktop while substantially lowering the cost of a virtualised PC."

The VGX solution is based on three major technological innovations. Firstly, Nvidia VGX boards which can host large numbers of users with a premium on energy efficiency (the first VGX board will bristle with four GPUs and 16GB of memory).

Secondly, the VGX GPU Hypervisor is a software layer which integrates into commercial hypervisors to facilitate virtualisation of the GPU. Finally, User Selectable Machines will allow enterprises to manage and configure the graphics capabilities delivered to individual employees.

Brett Waldman, senior research analyst, Client Virtualization, IDC, commented: "The virtualisation of the GPU will have a profound effect on the VDI market. It will increase the user experience for these remote desktops closer to par with traditional PCs than without a GPU in the server. It could also lead to expanding potential use cases for virtualisation to design, healthcare and engineering tasks that were very challenging in the past."