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NVIDIA vGPU 13

It’s time to plan updating your NVIDIA Enterprise GPUs. NVIDIA vGPU Software 13 is now GA since August 2021.

NVIDIA vGPU software includes vWSvCS, vPC, and vApps.

If you got any of followin NVIDIA GPU’s: A10, A16, A30, A40, A100, M6, M10, M60, P4, P6, P40, P100, V100, T4, RTX A5000, RTX A6000, RTX6000, RTX8000 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 13 is supported until August 2024. NVIDIA vGPU software 13 is a Long-Termin Support Branch.

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 13.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 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 13.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (LTSR) 7 1912, 7.15 (CR)  7 2012, 2103, 2106, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2003, 1909, 1906, 1903

This release includes the following software:

  • NVIDIA vGPU Manager version 470.63 for following hypervisors. (Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM)
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 471.68
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 470.63.01

New Features in Release 13.0

  • Support for the following NVIDIA CUDA Toolkitfeatures on NVIDIA vGPU:
    • Development tools such as IDEs, debuggers, profilers, and utilities as listed under CUDA Toolkit Major Components in NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit Release Notes for CUDA 11.4
    • Tracing and profiling through the CUDA Profiling Tools Interface (CUPTI)
  • Compatibility with the guest VM drivers from the previous long-term support branch (11)
  • Single-slice GPU instances with decoder support
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 13.0

  • Support for the following GPUs:
    • NVIDIA A100 PCIe 80GB
    • NVIDIA A30
    • NVIDIA A16
  • Support for Windows Server 2022 with Hyper-V role
  • Support for Windows Server 2022 as a guest OS
  • Support for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 7 2106
  • Support for VMware Horizon 2106 (8.3)

Feature Support Withdrawn in Release 13.0

  • The following GPUs are no longer supported on VMware vSphere:
    • NVIDIA A100 HGX 80GB
    • NVIDIA A100 PCIe 40GB
    • NVIDIA A100 HGX 40GB
    Instead, these GPUs are supported on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA AI Enterprise.
  • NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vCS) is no longer supported on VMware vSphere and C-series vGPU types are no longer available. Instead, vCS is supported on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA AI Enterprise.
  • The base VMware vSphere 7.0 release and VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 are no longer supported.

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VMware Horizon 8 (2106)

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 8 (2106), and this release is general available from August 2021. This is a major release, so I hope you like this article I put together. VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from. HINT – If you are using Nvidia vGPU driver 13 supports VMware Horizon 8 2106. I have in this article also included the new features of Horizon Cloud service for 2106 IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure. Lets dig into what is new.

What is new in VMware Horizon 8 (2106)

VMware Horizon 8 2106 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • VMware Horizon Connection Server
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Linux
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Windows
  • VMware Horizon GPO Bundle
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2106
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 2106
  • VMware Horizon Clients 2106 for Android, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, HTML Access

VMware Horizon Cloud services 2106

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VMware Horizon 8 2103

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 8 (2103), and this release is for now general available from March 2021. This is a major release, so I hope you like this article I put together. VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from.

HINT – If you are using Nvidia vGPU (on-prem) there is currently no driver support for Horizon 8 2103.

I have in this article also included the new features of Horizon Cloud service for 2103 IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure.

Lets dig into what is new.

What is new in VMware Horizon 8 (2103)

VMware Horizon 8 2103 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • VMware Horizon Connection Server 
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Linux
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Windows
  • VMware Horizon GPO Bundle
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2103
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 2103
  • VMware Horizon Clients 2103 for Android, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, HTML Access

VMware Horizon Cloud services 2103

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AMD (NvV4-series) and Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

Hi all

I am excited to share this is a blogseries around better understanding the value of NVv4-series in Azure and I will cover different views. From what NVv4-series is, which software vendors it works with and which remoting technology it can be used with, and I also cover later in a blogpost how you can scale and run different workloads and utilize the AMD CPU/GPU and how you can monitor and troubleshoot.

In this blogpost i will cover the overview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop and how it can be hardware accelerated (GPU) enabled with AMD CPU/GPU more specific the NVv4 series in Azure.

You will learn what offerings Microsoft have with Windows Virtual Desktop high level and where you can access the NVv4-series in which Azure datacenter. The process which is required to start and how you can start enabling your VM’s with graphics acceleration.

I will also cover what the difference is with the difference NVv4 instances and the use cases how to use them with Windows Virtual Desktop.

Windows Virtual Desktop have now been GA for almost a year, and it have been a huge success globally. NVv4-series also have 1 year anniversary as it was GA in 4th March 2020, which I covered in a blogpost here

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Case study – NVv4, Azure, Citrix BIM customer TBI

Last March 2020, I wrote about the availability of the AMD NVv4-series powered by AMD CPU/GPU. I have been working with NVv4-series and I am excited to share one of the customers, I have helped are now an official reference customer for NVv4-series.

TBI, is a dutch BIM customer, I have been working together with a couple of years designing their on-prem which is now a hybrid platform. They are the first official customer case study using AMD NVv4 instances in Azure together with Citrix Cloud. They have been using VDI for several years and been one of the leading innovators using high end graphics for VDI for their BIM users. Microsoft, Autodesk, Citrix uses them as reference customer through the years.

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