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Roadshow EVENT: “The Power of Graphics & Virtualization

Roadshow EVENT: “The Power of Graphics & Virtualization"

March 2014

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Roadshow EVENT: “The Power of Graphics & Virtualization"

Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston Texas

As a long-time Citrix partner, we have always been aware that virtualizing complex graphic applications has been problematic in the past. Now with NVIDIA’s vGPU technology and Citrix’ powerful HDX protocol, this can now be done effectively, even from remote locations and with non-graphics workstations and tablets. Better yet, the GPU technology can be shared to bring the cost to a more reasonable level. This technology enables high-end 3D graphics, which is sorely needed by many firms, but it also brings great benefit to many mainstream applications, such as video rendering and business graphics. It is the next new phase in extending superior performance to any device at any time.

Whitehat, along with Citrix, NVIDIA, and Dell  are sponsoring a 4-city roadshow presentation describing and demonstrating this incredible new technology. Each session will be held from 8:00AM until noon, and will feature a presentation by globally renowned Technical Evangelist Thomas PoppelGaard (www.poppelgaard.com), as well as extensive live demonstrations over the cloud and with local equipment. There will be plenty of opportunity to get hands-on access to the demonstration equipment for personal evaluation. The schedule is as follows:

  • April 21st                                               Austin, TX
  • April 22nd                                              San Antonio, TX
  • April 23rd                                              Dallas, TX
  • April 25th                                              Houston, TX

describe the imageThomas Poppelgaard is a Technology Evangelist and subject matter expert specializing in 
remote graphics. He helps 
virtualize 2D/3D graphics in the cloud for companies around the world. Poppelgaard specializes in how CAD/CAE/CAM/entertainment and media applications can be virtualized with Citrix/VMware/Microsoft (SBC/VDI technologies) with NVIDIA/AMD, and has worked extensively with Citrix HDX 3D Pro since 2008. In 2011 he was one of the organizers of a successful event where vendors including Citrix, HP, Autodesk and NVIDIA were gathered to demonstrate HDX 3D Pro to a wider audience and in 2013 talked at NVIDIA GTC and Citrix HQ, presenting a Webinar for global markets.


The sessions will focus on improving graphics application performance for designers, power users, and knowledge workers. Being remote from the workstation or the applications is no longer an issue, and our cloud demonstration will illustrate that. We will also address the return on investment (ROI) aspects of the solution, and show how the cost per user can be brought down dramatically through NVIDIA’s new vGPU sharing capability without sacrificing local or remote performance.

The effort to create this solution was started in 2006 with the Citrix/NVIDIA collaboration to solve a worldwide access problem Boeing had in designing the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing needed to have engineers from around the globe able to remotely collaborate on this project. The application they needed was Dassault’s CATIA 3D modeler. The NVIDIA GRID™ K1 and K2 vGPU cards are used along with XenDesktop 7 or XenApp to allow this shared GPU access. Here are the main drivers for this need:

  • A global talent base of engineers requires a good remote access experience for 3D modeling.
  • Security of Intellectual Property (IP) becomes a concern as a result. Without a good WAN accessible application virtualization capability, companies are forced to transfer highly secret CAD files to remote engineers for local processing. This exposes the companies to risk of piracy. This solution allows centralization and protection of all IP.
  • Improves operating efficiency and reduces costs. Another factor of using remote engineers without this solution is the time it takes to transfer models to them to work. This can take hours. Using this solution enables follow-the-sun development since the transfer problem is eliminated.
  • Enables work from home and DR for obvious reasons.
  • Need to Leverage mobile devices to show a drawing at a customer site, or look at a drawing on the shop floor. Clients are available for iOS and Android, as well as Windows, MAC and Linux.

The market for this type of solution is broken down as follows:

  • Professional Users.  Full-time designers, radiology technicians, etc. that need a dedicated GPU and 3D mouse support. Not likely candidates for this solution.
  • Power Users.  A large group of users that need to VIEW or EDIT large 3D models and are excellent candidates for GPU sharing.
  • Knowledge Workers.  These users are great candidates for highly shared GPUs.

This capability is called HDX 3D Pro and is a feature of XenDesktop 7 ENT and PLAT. It may only be run on certain qualified servers that can support these NVDIA cards. Whitehat offers this on the Dell R720. It is purchased as a package from Dell… server, NVIDIA card, and all, or may be purchased separately to fit into an existing Dell R720. Other vendor’s servers are also supported, but only certain qualified models.

There are 2 types of compression that make this possible:

  • H.264 Compression is “Deep” compression that allows excellent performance, event at WAN speeds (as low as 1.5MBPS).
  • Lossless (Picture Perfect) Compression for all those apps (think medical imaging) that MUST have perfect resolution.

Here is a description of how the product works in each environment.

HDX 3D Pro on XD 7 RDS (XenApp) –

  • GPU assist on Direct 3D and OpenGL via GRID™ vGPU Cards (up to 30 per GPU)
  • Experimental GPU assist on CUDA and OpenCL
  • Published app or published desktop
  • H.264 and Lossless compression
  • Support for all clients (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android)
  • Apps must be RDS (Terminal Server) Compatible
  • WINDOWs only apps, no Linux (yet)
  • WINDOWs versions of apps are lower cost than Linux versions
  • This solution suitable for highly-shared GPU apps (Most Power users and all knowledge workers)
  • Popular Apps available for this platform are:
    • AutoDesk (AutoCAD, Inventor, REVIS, NavisWorks, and others)
    • Bentley Microworkstation
    • ESRI ArcGIS
    • InterGraph SmartPlant 3D
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Dassault (CATIA and others)

HDX 3D Pro on XD 7 VDI –

  • GPU assist on Direct 3D, OpenGL , CUDA and OpenCL via GRID™ vGPU Cards (up to 8 per GPU)
  • Support for 3D mouse
  • Published app or published desktop
  • H.264 and Lossless compression
  • Support for all clients (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android)
  • WINDOWs only apps, no Linux (yet)
  • WINDOWs versions of apps are lower cost than Linux versions
  • This solution suitable for Power users
  • Popular Apps available for this platform are:
    • PTC Creo
    • AutoDesk
    • Bentley
    • BS Solidworks
    • Siemens
    • Adobe

New features of XD7 with NVIDIA over earlier versions of XD and NVIDIA cards are:

  • No “API Hooking” is faster and leads to more compatible applications
  • Self-tuning CODEC (adjusts to fluctuating bandwidth)
  • Now available on XenApp
  • 70% higher Frame Rates  than with XD 5.6
  • Auto screen resolution
  • H.264 and lossless compression
  • HDX monitor reports on the status and performance of each session
  • Quad monitor support
  • Runs on XenServer 6.1 or vSphere 5.1. No Hyper-v since they support Remote/FX
  • Supports “HDX Ready PREMIUM” and HDX SoC  (CODEC support directly on a chip)
  • Use of CloudBridge (NetScaler) gains up to 3-to-1 additional compression


 Graphics and Virtualization