NVIDIA’s latest virtual GPU a boost for remote workers

Working from home will no longer mean limited access to GPU computing power. NVIDIA’s vGPU July 2020 virtual GPU software will let millions of artists, designers and data analysts work remotely without compromising on GPU grunt.

The software also adds support for more workloads and is packed with features that improve operational efficiencies for IT administrators.

According to NVIDIA, GPU virtualisation is key to offering everyone from designers to data scientists a flexible way to collaborate on projects that require advanced graphics and computing power, wherever they are.

Recent IDC research indicates that employee productivity was the primary concern among organisations addressing remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When IDC interviewed NVIDIA customers using GPU-accelerated virtual desktops, it found organisations with 500 to 1,000 users experienced a 13 percent increase in productivity, resulting in approximately more than US$1 million in annual savings.

“In a centralised computing environment with virtualised GPU technology, users no longer have to be tied to their physical workstations. As proven recently through remote work companies can turn on a dime, enabling anywhere/anytime access to big data without compromising on performance,” said Alex Herrera, Analyst of Jon Peddie Research/Cadalyst.

NVIDIA has partnered SUSE on its Linux Enterprise Server to provide vGPU support on its kernel-based virtual machine platform. Initial offerings will be supported with NVIDIA vComputeServer software, enabling GPU virtualisation for AI and data science workloads. This will expand hypervisor platform options for enterprises and cloud service providers that are seeing an increased need to support GPUs.

NVIDIA CloudXR technology uses NVIDIA RTX and vGPU software to deliver VR and augmented reality across 5G and Wi-Fi networks. vGPU July 2020 adds 120Hz VSync support at resolutions up to 4K, giving CloudXR users a smooth immersive experience on untethered devices.

The latest release of vGPU enables a better user experience and manageability needed for demanding workloads like the recently debuted Omniverse AEC Experience, which combines Omniverse, a real-time collaboration platform, with RTX Server and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation software for the data centre.

The reference design supports up to two virtual workstations on an NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPU, running multiple workloads such as collaborative, computer-aided design while also providing real-time photorealistic rendering of the model.

With Quadro vWS, an Omniverse-enabled virtual workstation can be provisioned in minutes to new users, anywhere in the world. Users do not need specialised client hardware, just an internet-connected device, laptop or tablet, and data remains highly secured in the data centre.

New features in vGPU July 2020 help enterprise IT admins and cloud service providers streamline management, boosting their operational efficiency. This includes cross-branch support, where the host and guest vGPU software can be on different versions, easing upgrades and large deployments.