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End User Computing UX with Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro was released 2nd February 2024 in United States. I was lucky to get my hands on a device and shoot some videos of user experience with End User Computing (EUC) using Frame, Windows 365, Citrix and Parallels. I did a presentation 15th February 2024 at Teamrge about what the Apple Vision Pro is and how the user experience is with above EUC technologies. I will in this blogpost cover what Apple Vision Pro is and show user the user experience with videos I have uploaded to my Youtube channel.

Apple Vision Pro is the first real spacial computing from Apple.
Apple Vision Pro seamless blends digital content with your physical space

“Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing.” –Tim Cook


Unlocking the power of the Apple Vision Pro – A comprehensive DaaS Exploration 

I will in this blogpost cover each technology how Frame, Windows 365, Citrix and Parallels are working on the Apple Vision Pro

End user experience with Dizzion Frame

Frame is one of EUC technologies I have been followed since it was born back in the days when it was called main.frame. Frame was born independent and then sold to Nutanix and later to Dizzion, but this only means it keeps getting better and better, and I was very excited that Ruben Sprujit provided me access to their demo environment that is running in US East, US West and Europe. I could quickly access pre installed DaaS environments that have CAD applications, high end benchmark applications running and the best part have a GPU attached (NVIDIA A10) running from Microsoft Azure.

Frame is a solution that works great on any device, it works flawless out of the box on Apple iPad and Apple MacBook Air as I showed in below picture. This was taken from my hotel room when I was working while I was attending a conference. It gives an indication on how would user experience be if you had to work on a Frame DaaS environment running in US West *Revit (left on the Apple iPad) and (right on Apple MacBook Air M2) which is connected to Frame DaaS environment running in Europe *Google Earth.

Now you understand how Frame looks like from a typical “physical endpoint” let’s look at how it is working from Apple Vision Pro.

End user experience with Dizzion Frame and Apple Vision Pro

The simple things was with the Apple Vision Pro, I just started up the browser Safari and Frame works out of the box, I could easy login to multiple DaaS environments in US East, US West and Europe having 3 windows. Normal I work daily on my Apple MacBook Air 15″ M2 and it have a great screen but its still limited with resolution that’s the beauty with Apple Vision Pro. I could connect to my Apple MacBook Air 15″ M2 and then screen goes black on the “Apple MacBook Air” and then the display is floating in my face on the Apple Vision Pro “securely” as nobody beside myself can now see my screen from the Apple MacBook Air. That means I could now grab the window and easy extend it from 30″ to 400″ and resolution is crystal sharp and you can continue working, the difference between other XR headset is that I have never experience so sharp graphics and immersive user experience. I wanted to have multiple screen connected to my other Frame DaaS environments so I opened Safari on left side and connected to US West and on the right side I opened Safari and connected to Frame DaaS environment and opened Europe and now I am connecting to 3 locations in the world and have 3″ large floating monitors.

You can see the user experience here.

https://youtu.be/fk00CGbpZIM

Windows 365 (windows365.microsoft.com) tips&tricks

I will in this blogpost cover tips & tricks with using Microsoft Windows 365 Cloud PC from HTML5, which is access via URL windows365.microsoft.com from any os, any device, any modern browser

Users can navigate to windows365.microsoft.com to access their Cloud PCs from a modern browser.

Example running windows365.microsoft.com from MacOS with Microsoft Edge. Cloud PC can be access by opening “Open in browser”
Microsoft Windows365 Cloud PC running in Microsoft Edge from MacOS

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Microsoft Azure – NVadsA10 v5-series

Microsoft have released a new instance powered by NVIDIA A10 GPUs and AMD EPYC 74F3V(Milan) CPU with a base frequency of 3.2 Ghz, all cores peak frequency of 4.0Ghz.  With NVadsA10v5-series Azure is introducing virtual machines with partial NVIDIA GPUs. Pick the right sized virtual machine for GPU accelerated graphics applications and virtual desktops starting at 1/6th of a GPU with 4-GiB frame buffer to a full A10 GPU with 24-GiB frame buffer.

The preview is currenty availabe in Azure – US South Central and Azure – West Europe regions.

Prices are now GA (21th March 2022) for North Europe, US East 2, US West3

Sign up for preview to get early access to the NVadsA10v5-series.

NVIDIA Ampere GPU (A10) is supporting GPU-P (SR-IOV) which is why its a big step for partitioning the GPU and making the price dramatically cheaper in Azure. *note there have not been released any prices yet of the instances (its unknown) 

Blogpost last updated: 21th March 2022

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NVIDIA vGPU 14

It’s time to plan updating your NVIDIA Enterprise GPUs. NVIDIA vGPU Software 14 is now GA since February 2022.

NVIDIA vGPU software includes vWSvCS, vPC, and vApps.

If you got any of following NVIDIA GPU’s: A100, A40, A30, A16, A10, A2, RTX A6000, RTX A5000, RTX8000, RTX6000, V100, T4, P100, P40, P6, P4, M60, M10, M6  If you are interested in a quick overview of which NVIDIA enterprise GPU is supporting which hypervisor, Guest os and remoting technology, I highly recommend you check out this link from NVIDIA that provides the NVIDIA vGPU software product support matrix. NVIDIA vGPU software 14 is supported until February 2023. NVIDIA vGPU software 14 is a Product Branch Support. I this article, I am also covering which Public Cloud instance is available with NVIDIA GPUs and which license is BYO or provided by the public cloud provider such as Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba. For a list of validated server platforms, refer to NVIDIA vGPU Certified Servers. Important note for EUC (Citrix/VMware customers):
  • NVIDIA vGPU 14.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 2111 (8.4), 2106 (8.3), 2013 (8.2), 2012 (8.1), 2006 (8.0), 7.13, 7.12, 7.11, 7.10, 7.9, 7.8, 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0
  • NVIDIA vGPU 14.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (LTSR) 7 1912, 7.15 (CR)  7 2112, 7 2109, 7 2106, 7 2103, 7 2012, 7 2009, 7 2003, 7 1909, 7 1906, 7 1903
This release includes the following software:
  • NVIDIA vGPU Manager version 510.47.03 for following hypervisors. (Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM)
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 511.65
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 510.47.03

New Features in Release 14.0

  • Support for GPUDirect® technology on all C-series vGPUs on GPUs that support SR-IOV
  • Support for a mixture of time-sliced vGPUs of the same frame buffer size on the same GPU
  • Support for Tesla Compute Cluster (TCC) mode for Q-series vGPUs on Windows guest VMs
  • Support for GPU System Processor (GSP) in GPU pass through and bare-metal configurations on Linux with vCS
    Note: If you are using a product other than vCS, you must disable GSP as explained in Virtual GPU Software User Guide.
  • Enhanced NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit support:
    • NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit profilers can be enabled when unified memory is enabled.
    • Nsight Systems GPU context switch trace is supported.
  • Enhancements to the NVIDIA Management Library (NVML) to determine whether a vGPU type supports GPUDirect technology and peer-to-peer CUDA transfers over NVLink
  • Addition of RPM and Debian packages for the NVIDIA vGPU software graphics drivers for Linux
  • Security updates – see Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver – February 2022, which is posted shortly after the release date of this software and is listed on the NVIDIA Product Security pages
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 14.0

  • Support for the following GPUs:
    • NVIDIA A2
    • NVIDIA A30X
    • NVIDIA A100X
  • Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM hypervisor 8.5
  • Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 as a guest OS
  • Support for Debian 10 as a guest OS
  • Support for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 7 2112
  • Support for VMware Horizon 2111 (8.4)

Feature Support Withdrawn in Release 14.0

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM hypervisor 8.1, 7.8, and 7.7 are no longer supported.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 is no longer supported as a guest OS.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8 and 7.7 are no longer supported as a guest OS.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 is no longer supported as a guest OS.

Features Deprecated in Release 14.0

The following table lists features that are deprecated in this release of NVIDIA vGPU software. Although the features remain available in this release, they might be withdrawn in a future release. In preparation for the possible removal of these features, use the preferred alternative listed in the table.

Deprecated Feature Preferred Alternative Additional Information
Legacy NVIDIA vGPU software license server NVIDIA License System NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software License Server End of Life Notice

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