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Hardware OEM supported NVIDIA GRID config

Hi all

NVIDIA have updated their list over hardware vendors that are supported with NVIDIA GRID.

I have made a spreadsheet that eventual will be updated with more informations like:

  • Hypervisor support
  • Required bios version for GRID support / hypervisor
  • How to configure BIOS for GRID enablement
  • Tested app + much more.
  • Supported drivers
  • Tested remote desktop visualization technologies
  • vGPU

This article helps you get a fast overview which hardware support which amount of NVIDIA GRID’s.

The informations are some I have gathered on my own, some are from the hardware vendor, some you can check at NVIDIA.
I will update this article, when there are new servers and when I have more informations to reveal about above.

Important info: You can mix the GRID’s so a server can have either if it supports K1 and K2 you can have a server configured with both 1 K1 & 1 K2 if the server supports 2 GRID K1 or 2 GRID K2. The below list shows only support total amounts of either K1 or K2 and not mix.





get ready for tech preview of NVIDIA GRID vGPU to XenServer and Citrix XenDesktop 7 VDI

At Citrix Synergy in May 2013, I was so excited to see CEO of Citrix & NVIDIA showing, how people can virtualize high performance graphical intense applications with Citrix XenDesktop 7 HDX 3D Pro, XenServer with vGPU support and NVIDIA GRID K2.

vGPU isn’t released yet, but  it’s soon time for true hardware virtualization of the GPU. NVIDIA GRID GPU’s are the “only” GPU’s available on the marked, thats build for cloud computing. What I mean with build for cloud computing, is that the GPU’s have multiple GPU’s build onboard and soon a software component “vGPU” from NVIDIA will be released to XenServer, which enables hardware virtualization of the GPU and reduce the cost and density for high performance workloads. Each virtual machine gets its own reserved GPU ressources of the GPU, before it was a 2:1 with the K2 soon its 8:1 maybe more.. time will tell 😉

If you got a NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 running in your environment and you would like to virtualize the GPU and get access to the vGPU, please follow next step:
Advice: You need a XenServer as your chosen Hypervisor, vSphere and Hyper-V is not supported with vGPU.

How do you get access to the vGPU:

  1. XenDesktop 7 deployed with XenServer 6.2.  Both of these pieces you can obtain today, and on September 27th Citrix will release a tech preview add-on pack with the technologies to fully enable vGPU access for Windows desktop VDI workloads, extending our high performance GPU sharing capabilities beyond Windows Server RDS workloads.  When you look at the combined solution you’ll find there are some immediate benefits.  The most notable is that with the combined solution applications interact directly with NVIDIA drivers, not hypervisor drivers.  This means greater application compatibility, and greater performance with large 3D models.  Plus it doesn’t hurt that we’re able to natively support the latest versions of both DirectX and OpenGL out of the box. This will be true hardware vGPU with professional graphics performance benefits differentiating it from software vGPU and API intercept technologies such as Remote FX and vSGA which address less demanding 3D use cases like Aero effects and PowerPoint slide transitions
  2. Servers capable of running the NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 cards. We’ve been working with the major hardware vendors and NVIDIA to bring a new generation of servers optimised for these technologies to market, multi-slot servers capable of supporting NVIDIAs best GPUs . Only a year ago Boeing’s engineers were dedicating a single server to a one user, today the possibilities got a whole lot wider.  Here are some server options to start with, and others do exist.

These new servers will support up to 12 GPUs, and with multiple users sharing each GPU, we expect these servers to support tens if not hundreds of users. Bringing the cost of ownership of a GPU enabled desktop within the range of entirely new markets and applications

Using XenServer vGPU capabilities, applications interact with an NVIDIA driver directly, not a XenServer one.  That means application vendors don’t need to recertify their applications to run with both NVIDIA and Citrix display adapters to leverage the power of XenDesktop 7 with high performance graphics.  Once certified with an NVIDIA driver, users can have every confidence that their applications will also work when accessed remotely via XenDesktop


NVIDIA GTC express webinar – GPU Accelerated XenDesktop for Designers and Engineers recorded session, now available

Hi all

If you missed the webinar I did for NVIDIA GTC express, then the recorded session is now available plus my presentation.


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GPU Accelerated XenDesktop for Designers and Engineers

Learn following:

History of how you can virtualized graphics from Citrix/NVIDIA.

Which Business drivers that leads to virtualizing 2D/3D applications

Citrix Solutions that are available for virtualizing Applications & Desktop

Customer cases, that have been using the technology since it was available and case studies from 2013

New technologies in Virtualization

– XenDesktop 7


Q & A



Watch the streamed presentation here

Download the presentation here (PDF format)

Listen to the presentation in MP4 format here.

My session at NVIDIA GTC 2013

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I am pretty excited about this blogpost, last week I was at NVIDIA GTC in San Jose, California. I was invited by NVIDIA to come and talk about my experience with delivering 2D/3D apps with remote graphics solutions from Citrix. In this session I cover the history of remote graphic solutions from Citrix (XenDesktop, XenApp and XenServer) and whats possible to do today with the technologies and how the collaboration is together with NVIDIA. You get an understanding how to build the solution on a high level and then I tell about 4 real world examples, where you get key insights for determining if these solutions are the right for your company.

You will learn how Vestas have been using this technology with Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro since 2008, and how Ramboll uses this for several years and what they gained of implementing remote graphics solutions globally. The third case is a very excited story, which is a POC I did at an Oil client and in this case ,we used the new NVIDIA GRID K2 with Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro and Citrix XenApp HDX 3D + the new OpenGL GPU sharing feature and how this works together with thin clients and collaboration software from CISCO UC, so the business are able to take their 3D application from their desktop session, and share this to a collaboration room and then share this with multiple screens to multiple locations globally and work in 1 place with people and technology combined in place. Amazing stuff. The last case study is how Raysearch Lab have been using Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro to their clients for several years and how they make the world a better place with their software for cancer treatment.