Accelerate virtualized desktops and applications

NVIDIA GRID™ offloads graphics processing from the CPU to the GPU in virtualized environments.

IT Benefits Include:

  • Take advantage of leading virtualization solutions
  • Add graphics-intensive users to your virtual environment
  • Improve productivity for all

User benefits include:

  • Highly interactive windows and multimedia
  • Access to all their applications
  • Usage on any device, anywhere

GRID Videos

 


 

 

GRID Boards

GRID graphics boards are designed specifically for the data center. They have an optimized multi-GPU design that helps maximize user density and are designed to provide data center-class power efficiency, including the revolutionary new streaming "SMX" multiprocessor. Working closely with leading server vendors such as Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, and SuperMicro ensures GRID cards perform 24/7 for the life of the system.

 

GRID K1

GRID K2

Number of GPUs

4 Kepler™-based GPUs

2 high-end Kepler™-based GPUs

Total NVIDIA CUDA cores

768

3072

Total memory size

16 GB DDR3

8 GB GDDR5

Max power

130 W

225 W

Board length

10.5”

10.5”

Board height

4.4”

4.4”

Board width

Dual slot

Dual slot

Display IO

None

None

Aux power

6-pin connector

8-pin connector

PCIe

x16

x16

PCIe generation

Gen3 (Gen2 compatible)

Gen3 (Gen2 compatible)

Cooling solution

Passive

Passive

Technical Specifications

GRID K1 Board Specifications

GRID K2 Board Specifications

XENDESKTOP

A wide range of graphics applications—from PowerPoint and videos to intensive 3D CAD and interactive rendering of medical imagery—are now fully interactive with Citrix XenDesktop and NVIDIA GRID.  NVIDIA works with over 100 leading workstation application companies to ensure this experience meets their stringent application certification standards. A list of these solutions that are currently certified on GRID can be found here.  

With XenDesktop, you can access the GPU in two ways:

  • GPU Pass-through with Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 or Citrix XenDesktop 7 VDI delivery - providing a virtual machine access to a dedicated GPU.
  • GRID Virtual GPU (vGPU) with XenDesktop 7.1 - providing the most advanced way to share a GPU.

NVIDIA GPU PASS-THROUGH Technology

By directly connecting a dedicated GPU to the hypervisor, you can now allocate the full GPU and graphics memory capability to a single virtual machine.  For a list of certified applications, download NVIDIA GRID Remote Workstation Certifications (PDF 274 KB).

 

 

Shared Virtual GPU (vGPU) Technology

NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ is the most advanced technology for sharing true GPU hardware acceleration between multiple virtual desktops—without compromising the graphics experience.  Graphics commands of each virtual machine are passed directly to the GPU, without translation by the hypervisor.

 

 

vGPU Profiles

Take advantage of vGPU Manager to assign specific memory to meet the needs of each user. So everyone will always have the resources they need to launch and use their applications.  vGPU Manager 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 up to four GPUs, allowing 32 users to share a single card.

 

NVIDIA GRID Graphics Board

Virtual GPU Profile

Application Certifications

Graphics Memory

Max Displays Per User

Max Resolution Per Display

Max Users Per Graphics Board

Use Case

GRID K2

K260Q

 *

2,048 MB

4

2560x1600

4

Designer/Power User

K240Q

 *

1,024 MB

2

2560x1600

8

Designer/Power User

K200

 

256 MB

2

1900x1200

16

Knowledge Worker

GRID K1

K140Q

 *

1,024 MB

2

2560x1600

16

Power User

K100

 

256 MB

2

1900x1200

32

Knowledge Worker

 

The GPU profiles ending in Q undergo the same rigorous application certification process as our NVIDIA® Quadro® workstation-class processors. For a list of certified applications, download NVIDIA GRID Remote Workstation Certifications (PDF 274 KB).

 

The GRID K100 and K200 GPU profiles are designed for the lighter graphics workloads associated with the applications that knowledge workers and power users use most of their time. These include Windows 7 with Aero enabled, viewing rich web content such as Adobe Flash or HTML 5, or simply getting the full interactive experience of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word). To understand more about the graphics requirements of your applications, consult your application vendor.

 

INSTALLING NVIDIA GRID VGPU

Step 1: Make sure you have configured XenServer 6.2.0, XenServer vGPU Tech Preview Hotfix, and XenDesktop 7.1 Tech Preview. Visit www.citrix.com/go/vgpu for more information.

Step 2: Download the NVIDIA GRID vGPU Manager and Installation Guide. It includes:

  • GRID vGPU User Guide
  • Release Notes
  • GRID vGPU Manager R312.53

Step 3: Download the Product Series “NVIDIA GRID vGPU” Driver for GRID K1 or K2 for your Virtual Machine (VM).

 

 

 

GRID-enabled Servers

 Cisco

Cisco UCS C240 M3

up to 2 GRID K1 or 2 GRID K2

 Dell

Dell PowerEdge R720

up to 2 GRID K1 or 2 GRID K2

 Hp

HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8

up to 1 GRID K1 or 1 GRID K2

HP ProLiant SL250s Gen8

up to 3 GRID K2

 IBM

IBM iDataPlex dx360 M4

up to 2 GRID K1 or 2 GRID K2

IBM Flex System

up to 1 GRID K1 or 1 GRID K2

If you have additional questions about GRID, please contact NVIDIA

 

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