Computer hardware firm NVIDIA debuted an industry first at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif. this week: a Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), a new device that will enable small and medium sized businesses to enhance GPU performance on any Windows, Linux or Mac client on their network. The GPU-based system will thus allow all users to run complex applications like those from Adobe, Autodesk and Dassault Systemes via remote GPU acceleration.
The VCA will provide greater flexibility to smaller business with limited IT infrastructure by allowing employees to create a virtual machine, called a workspace, which is effectively a dedicated, high-performance GPU-based system, allowing output of these complex programs’ visuals to a client computer—giving users the same graphics experience they would get from having a personal dedicated machine.
The NVIDIA GRID VCA boasts easy installation and management and contains 16 NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA GRID VGX software to provide Quadro-class graphics performance for up to 16 concurrent users, with low latency, high resolution and maximum interactivity. The cost will range from $24,900 (+$2,400/yr license; 8 GPUs) to $39,900 (+$4,800/yr license; 16 GPUs).
“Performance is important for creative professionals, and our long-standing relationship with NVIDIA has assured they are able to work with images and videos in a much faster, smoother, more engaging way,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer, Adobe.
“NVIDIA and Adobe have a shared goal of providing our customers with the latest technology advancements with flexible deployment options so they can focus on their jobs and have more time to be creative. The innovative advancements in virtualization introduced today with the NVIDIA GRID is an exciting new direction that underscores that commitment.”