Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) now GA with Azure NV-series

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Autodesk, Azure, Citrix, Cloud, Datacenter and Cloud, End User Computing, GRID, Hyper-V, Microsoft, MVP, NVIDIA, RDS, Tesla, Windows Server 2012R2, Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Azure is moving really fast and 29 datacenters around the world is now online. I was in Japan some weeks ago (week 14) and did a presentation at E2EVC on NV series and how easy it is to build Virtual machines with NV-series. At that time I demonstrated live heavy graphics application such as Autodesk Revit, Navisworks running from Azure SE Asia (Singapore) with RDP10 to my Microsoft Surfacebook in Japan on hotel wifi and it worked actually really good. Some weeks later I was home in Denmark, I was preparing my speech for Azure Bootcamp in Aarhus, Denmark. I noticed that a new datacenter in Japan West (Osaka) and Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) have gone “Operational” and more specific Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) now was live with Azure NV6, NV12, NV24. This is really awesome and I had to try it out.

To summary up, Microsoft have made their datacenter in Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) online some weeks ago offering NV-series (NV6,NV12,NV24) this is great for customers in Japan getting low latency from their cities to Azure GPU enabled visualization instances. 

What is Microsoft NV-series

The NV instance are optimized and designed for remote visualization, streaming, gaming, encoding and VDI scenarios utilizing frameworks such as OpenGL and DirectX, customers can use Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 and further virtualize with session sharing technologies such as Microsoft RDS / Citrix XenApp and do GPU sharing from Azure NV instances. 

The NV instances are powered by NVIDIA’s Tesla M60 GPU card and NVIDIA GRID for desktop accelerated applications and virtual desktops where customers will be able to visualize their data or simulations. Users will be able to visualize their graphics intensive workflows on the NV instances to get superior graphics capability and additionally run single precision workloads such as encoding and rendering.

NV6 instance is one half physically GPU NVIDIA Tesla M60 (GRID)
NV12 instance is 1 physically GPU NVIDIA Tesla M60 (GRID)
NV24 instance is 2 physically GPU NVIDIA Tesla M60 (GRID)

Below visual diagram highlights what technical ressources you get of each instance.

Limitations of NV-series:

Please notice that the NV-series SSD disk are available on temp disk (d: drive)  and NV-series VMs do not support VM disks that are backed by Azure premium storage. The primary disk (c: drive) is HDD data disk which is limited of 500 IOPS.

NVIDIA GRID vGPU is not supported with NV-series.

How to create a Microsoft NV-instance

When creating an NV-series VM using the Azure portal, on the Basics blade, select a VM disk type of HDD. To choose an available N-series size, on the Size blade, click View all.

When instance is started up you have to install the NVIDIA drivers for Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012r2 here 

Where is Microsoft NV-series available

Microsoft NV6, NV12, NV24 is now available in following datacenters

  • East US(Virginia)
  • North Central US(Illinois)
  • South Central US(Texas)
  • West Europe (Amsterdam)
  • South East (Singapore)
  • NEW Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama)

Below is a visual diagram I have made of the NV series availability in the 6 new datacenters around the world.

Price pr hour example of Microsoft NV6

Below is a price example I have done with NV6 in all 6 datacenters with a hourly usage or with 1 month usage.

The price difference is not big but its important to understand if you design NV series in multiple datacenters. The cost is different.

Want help with NV-series

If you are interested in trying out Azure NV-series I highly recommend you try it out, if you are interested in getting help you are always welcome to reach out to me for my professional services. 

Source

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/datacenters/how-to-choose/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/services/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-n-series-general-availability-on-december-1/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/n-series-driver-setup

 

NVIDIA GRID 4.2 released (367.92/369.95)

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in CentOS, Citrix, Datacenter and Cloud, Desktop Virtualization, End User Computing, GRID, HDX, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, Horizon, Linux, Microsoft, NVENC, NVIDIA, Quadro, RHEL, Tesla, Ubuntu, vDGA, vGPU, VMware, vSphere, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012R2, Windows Server 2016, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

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Hi All

Its time to update your NVIDIA GRID K1, K2, M10, M6, M60 environment.

NVIDIA have released new drivers for NVIDIA GRID 4.2 for March 2017.

New in this Release:

  • NVIDIA GRID 4.2 has multiple fixes that improve memory management and NVFBC optimizations that ensure that surface allocations in the Frame Buffer are managed more efficiently to increase stability. The latest release includes frame buffer residency optimizations. Now, during high-memory pressure situations where there is a lack of or high competition for frame buffer, users remain resident-in.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes
  • Support for Citrix XenServer 7.1
  • Support for the following Linux guest OS versions:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3
    • CentOS 7.3
    • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Important notes – Note: XenServer 7.1 is the last XenServer release supported on GRID K1 and K2. Citrix XenServer 6.2 is no longer supported.

Whats new in vGPU 367.92-369.95

NVIDIA have released a new version of vGPU 367.92-369.95 for NVIDIA GRID  (K1, K2, Tesla M6, M10 and M60 platform)

Included in this release is

  • NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU Manager versions 367.92 for Citrix XenServer 6.5 SP1
  • NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU Manager versions 367.92 for Citrix XenServer 7
  • NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU Manager versions 367.92 for Citrix XenServer 7.1
  • NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU Manager version 367.92 for VMware vSphere 6.0 Hypervisor (ESXi)
  • NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU Manager version 367.92 for VMware vSphere 6.5 Hypervisor (ESXi)
  • NVIDIA Windows drivers for vGPU version 369.95
  • NVIDIA Linux drivers for vGPU version 367.92.

Important:

The GRID vGPU Manager and Windows guest VM drivers must be installed together. Older VM drivers will not function correctly with this release of GRID vGPU Manager. Similarly, older GRID vGPU Managers will not function correctly with this release of Windows guest drivers

Windows Guest OS support in vGPU 369.95

GRID vGPU 369.95 supports following Windows release as a guest OS

  • Microsoft Windowss 7 (32/64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (32/64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Linux Guest OS support in vGPU 367.92

GRID vGPU 367.92 supports following Linux distributions as a guest OS only on supported Tesla GPUs
Import: GRID K1/K2 do not support vGPU on Linux guest os.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0-7.3
  • CentOS 7.0-7.3
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Guide – Update existing vGPU GRID Manager (Hypervisor)

 

GRID vGPU Manager 367.92 for Citrix XenServer 6.5

If you have a NVIDIA GRID K1, K2, M6, M60 vGPU GRID manager installed in Citrix XenServer. Upgrade with one of below methodology:

Methodology 1 – the manual way “No GUI”

Upgrading an existing installation of the NVIDIA driver on Citrix XenServer 6.5, use the rpm -U command to upgrade:

If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uv NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-xenserver-6.5-367.92.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages for installation...
If you have NVIDIA GRID TESLA M10 / M6 / M60
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uv NVIDIA-vGPU-xenserver-6.5-367.92.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages for installation...

The recommendation from NVIDIA is to shutdown all VMs using a GPU. The machine does continue to work during the update, but since you need to reboot the XenServer itself, it’s better to gracefully shutdown the VMs. So after your VMs have been shutdown and you upgraded the NVIDIA driver, you can reboot your host.

[root@localhost ~]# xe host-disable
[root@localhost ~]# xe host-reboot

Methodology 2 – the “GUI” way

Select Install Update… from the Tools menu
 Click Next after going through the instructions on the Before You Start section
 Click Add on the Select Update section and open NVIDIA’s XenServer Supplemental Pack ISO

If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2 select following file:

“NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-xenserver-6.5-367.92.x86_64.iso ”

If you have NVIDIA GRID M10/ M6/M60 select following file:

“NVIDIA-vGPU-xenserver-6.5-352.83.x86_64.iso ”

Click Next on the Select Update section
 In the Select Servers section select all the XenServer hosts on which the Supplemental Pack should be installed on and click Next
 Click Next on the Upload section once the Supplemental Pack has been uploaded to all the XenServer hosts
Getting Started
 Click Next on the Prechecks section
 Click Install Update on the Update Mode section
 Click Finish on the Install Update section

After the XenServer platform has rebooted, verify that the GRID package installed and loaded correctly by checking for the NVIDIA kernel driver in the list of kernel loaded modules.

Validate from putty or XenCenter CLI

run lsmod | grep nvidia

Verify that the NVIDIA kernel driver can successfully communicate with the GRID physical GPUs in your system by running the nvidia-smi command, which should produce a listing of the GPUs in your platform:

Check driver version is 367.92, if it is then your host is ready for GPU awesomeness and make your VM rock.

GRID vGPU Manager 367.92 for Citrix XenServer 7

If you have a NVIDIA GRID K1, K2, M6, M60 vGPU GRID manager installed in Citrix XenServer. Upgrade with one of below methodology:

Methodology 1 – the manual way “No GUI”

Upgrading an existing installation of the NVIDIA driver on Citrix XenServer 7, use the rpm -U command to upgrade:

If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uv NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-xenserver-7.0-367.92.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages for installation...
If you have NVIDIA GRID TESLA M10 / M6 / M60
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uv NVIDIA-vGPU-xenserver-7.0-367.92.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages for installation...

The recommendation from NVIDIA is to shutdown all VMs using a GPU. The machine does continue to work during the update, but since you need to reboot the XenServer itself, it’s better to gracefully shutdown the VMs. So after your VMs have been shutdown and you upgraded the NVIDIA driver, you can reboot your host.

[root@localhost ~]# xe host-disable
[root@localhost ~]# xe host-reboot

Methodology 2 – the “GUI” way

Select Install Update… from the Tools menu
 Click Next after going through the instructions on the Before You Start section
 Click Add on the Select Update section and open NVIDIA’s XenServer Supplemental Pack ISO

If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2 select following file:

“NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-xenserver-7.0-367.92.x86_64.iso ”

If you have NVIDIA GRID M10/ M6/M60 select following file:

“NVIDIA-vGPU-xenserver-7.0-352.83.x86_64.iso ”

Click Next on the Select Update section
 In the Select Servers section select all the XenServer hosts on which the Supplemental Pack should be installed on and click Next
 Click Next on the Upload section once the Supplemental Pack has been uploaded to all the XenServer hosts
Getting Started
 Click Next on the Prechecks section
 Click Install Update on the Update Mode section
 Click Finish on the Install Update section

After the XenServer platform has rebooted, verify that the GRID package installed and loaded correctly by checking for the NVIDIA kernel driver in the list of kernel loaded modules.

Validate from putty or XenCenter CLI

run lsmod | grep nvidia

Verify that the NVIDIA kernel driver can successfully communicate with the GRID physical GPUs in your system by running the nvidia-smi command, which should produce a listing of the GPUs in your platform:

Check driver version is 367.92, if it is then your host is ready for GPU awesomeness and make your VM rock.

GRID vGPU Manager 367.92 for Citrix XenServer 7.1

If you have a NVIDIA GRID K1, K2, M6, M60 vGPU GRID manager installed in Citrix XenServer. Upgrade with one of below methodology:

Methodology 1 – the manual way “No GUI”

Upgrading an existing installation of the NVIDIA driver on Citrix XenServer 7.1, use the rpm -U command to upgrade:

If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uv NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-xenserver-7.1-367.92.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages for installation...
If you have NVIDIA GRID TESLA M10 / M6 / M60
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uv NVIDIA-vGPU-xenserver-7.1-367.92.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages for installation...

The recommendation from NVIDIA is to shutdown all VMs using a GPU. The machine does continue to work during the update, but since you need to reboot the XenServer itself, it’s better to gracefully shutdown the VMs. So after your VMs have been shutdown and you upgraded the NVIDIA driver, you can reboot your host.

[root@localhost ~]# xe host-disable
[root@localhost ~]# xe host-reboot

Methodology 2 – the “GUI” way

Select Install Update… from the Tools menu
 Click Next after going through the instructions on the Before You Start section
 Click Add on the Select Update section and open NVIDIA’s XenServer Supplemental Pack ISO

If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2 select following file:

“NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-xenserver-7.1-367.92.x86_64.iso ”

If you have NVIDIA GRID M10/ M6/M60 select following file:

“NVIDIA-vGPU-xenserver-7.1-352.83.x86_64.iso ”

Click Next on the Select Update section
 In the Select Servers section select all the XenServer hosts on which the Supplemental Pack should be installed on and click Next
 Click Next on the Upload section once the Supplemental Pack has been uploaded to all the XenServer hosts
Getting Started
 Click Next on the Prechecks section
 Click Install Update on the Update Mode section
 Click Finish on the Install Update section

After the XenServer platform has rebooted, verify that the GRID package installed and loaded correctly by checking for the NVIDIA kernel driver in the list of kernel loaded modules.

Validate from putty or XenCenter CLI

run lsmod | grep nvidia

Verify that the NVIDIA kernel driver can successfully communicate with the GRID physical GPUs in your system by running the nvidia-smi command, which should produce a listing of the GPUs in your platform:

Check driver version is 367.92, if it is then your host is ready for GPU awesomeness and make your VM rock.

GRID vGPU Manager 367.92 for VMware vSphere 6.0

To update the NVIDIA GPU VIB, you must uninstall the currently installed VIB and install the new VIB.

To uninstall the currently installed VIB:

  1. Stop all virtual machines using 3D acceleration.
  2. Place the ESXi host into Maintenance mode.
  3. Open a command prompt on the ESXi host.
  4. Stop the xorg service by running the command:/etc/init.d/xorg stop
  5. Remove the NVIDIA VMkernel driver by running the command:vmkload_mod -u nvidia
  6. Identify the NVIDIA VIB name by running this command:esxcli software vib list | grep NVIDIA
  7. Remove the VIB by running the command:esxcli software vib remove -n nameofNVIDIAVIBYou can now install a new NVIDIA GPU VIB
  8. Use the esxcli command to install the vGPU Manager package:
If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2 select following file:
[root@lesxi ~] esxcli software vib install -v /NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-VMware_ESXi_6.0_Host_Driver_367.92-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585.vib
If you have NVIDIA GRID TESLA M10 / M6 / M60 select following file:
[root@lesxi ~] esxcli software vib install -v /NVIDIA-vGPU-VMware_ESXi_6.0_Host_Driver_367.92-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585.vib

After the ESXi host has rebooted, verify that the GRID package installed and loaded correctly by checking for the NVIDIA kernel driver in the list of kernel loaded modules.

[root@lesxi ~]# vmkload_mod -l | grep nvidia 
Preparing packages for installation...

Validate

run nvidia-smi

Verify that the NVIDIA kernel driver can successfully communicate with the GRID physical GPUs in your system by running the nvidia-smi command, which should produce a listing of the GPUs in your platform:

Check driver version is 367.92, if it is then your host is ready for GPU awesomeness and make your VM rock.

GRID vGPU Manager 367.92 for VMware vSphere 6.5

To update the NVIDIA GPU VIB, you must uninstall the currently installed VIB and install the new VIB.

To uninstall the currently installed VIB:

  1. Stop all virtual machines using 3D acceleration.
  2. Place the ESXi host into Maintenance mode.
  3. Open a command prompt on the ESXi host.
  4. Stop the xorg service by running the command:/etc/init.d/xorg stop
  5. Remove the NVIDIA VMkernel driver by running the command:vmkload_mod -u nvidia
  6. Identify the NVIDIA VIB name by running this command:esxcli software vib list | grep NVIDIA
  7. Remove the VIB by running the command:esxcli software vib remove -n nameofNVIDIAVIBYou can now install a new NVIDIA GPU VIB
  8. Use the esxcli command to install the vGPU Manager package:
If you have NVIDIA GRID K1 / K2 select following file:
[root@lesxi ~] esxcli software vib install -v /NVIDIA-vGPU-kepler-VMware_ESXi_6.5_Host_Driver_367.92-1OEM.650.0.0.2494585.vib
If you have NVIDIA GRID TESLA M10 / M6 / M60 select following file:
[root@lesxi ~] esxcli software vib install -v /NVIDIA-vGPU-VMware_ESXi_6.5_Host_Driver_367.92-1OEM.650.0.0.2494585.vib

After the ESXi host has rebooted, verify that the GRID package installed and loaded correctly by checking for the NVIDIA kernel driver in the list of kernel loaded modules.

[root@lesxi ~]# vmkload_mod -l | grep nvidia 
Preparing packages for installation...

Validate

run nvidia-smi

Verify that the NVIDIA kernel driver can successfully communicate with the GRID physical GPUs in your system by running the nvidia-smi command, which should produce a listing of the GPUs in your platform:

Check driver version is 367.92, if it is then your host is ready for GPU awesomeness and make your VM rock.

Update existing vGPU Driver (Virtual Machine)

When the hypervisor vGPU GRID manager is updated next is updating the Virtual Machines vGPU driver.

  • 369.95_grid_win8_win7_32bit_international.exe
  • 369.95_grid_win8_win7_server2012R2_server2008R2_64bit_international.exe
  • 369.95_grid_win10_32bit_international.exe
  • 369.95_grid_win10_server2016_64bit_international.exe
  • NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-367.92-grid.run (only available with M10/M6/M60)

The vGPU driver for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 is available with NVIDIA GRID vGPU download. This is available for both K1/K2/M10/M6/M60

The vGPU driver for Linux is only available for vGPU with following Tesla GPU M10/M6/M60

Update your Golden Images and reprovisioning the new virtual machines with updated vGPU drivers, if you have stateless machines update vGPU drivers on each.

#HINT – Express upgrade of drivers is the recommended option according to the setup. If you use the “Custom” option, you will have the option to do a “clean” installation. The downside of the “clean installation” is that it will remove all profiles and custom settings. The pro of using the clean installation option is that it will reinstall the complete driver, meaning that there will be no old driver files left on the system. I most of the time recommends using a “Clean” installation to keep it vanilla 🙂

#HINT (Citrix XenDesktop 7.6-7.11 customers)

The NVIDIA GRID API provides direct access to the frame buffer of the GPU, providing the fastest possible frame rate for a smooth and interactive user experience. If you install NVIDIA drivers before you install a VDA with HDX 3D Pro, NVIDIA GRID is enabled by default.

To enable NVIDIA GRID on a VM, disable Microsoft Basic Display Adapter from the Device Manager. Run the following command and then restart the VDA: Montereyenable.exe -enable -noreset

If you install NVIDIA drivers after you install a VDA with HDX 3D Pro, NVIDIA GRID is disabled. Enable NVIDIA GRID by using the Montereyenable tool provided by NVIDIA.

To disable NVIDIA GRID, run the following command and then restart the VDA: Montereyenable.exe -disable -noreset

#HINT (Citrix XenDesktop 7.12/7.13 customers)

The NVIDIA GRID API provides direct access to the frame buffer of the GPU, providing the fastest possible frame rate for a smooth and interactive user experience. If you install NVIDIA drivers before you install a VDA with HDX 3D Pro, NVIDIA GRID is enabled by default.

To enable NVIDIA GRID on a VM, disable Microsoft Basic Display Adapter from the Device Manager. Run the following command and then restart the VDA: NVFBCEnable.exe -enable -noreset

If you install NVIDIA drivers after you install a VDA with HDX 3D Pro, NVIDIA GRID is disabled. Enable NVIDIA GRID by using the NVFBCEnable tool provided by NVIDIA.

To disable NVIDIA GRID, run the following command and then restart the VDA: NVFBCEnable.exe -disable -noreset

 

Source

GRID K1/K2 – sources

Download vGPU 352.83-354.80 for XenServer 6.5 for GRID K1 / K2 here

Download vGPU 352.83-354.80 for XenServer 7.0 for GRID K1 / K2 here

Download vGPU 367.92-369.95 for XenServer 7.1 for GRID K1 / K2 here

Download vGPU 367.92-369.95 for vSphere 6 for GRID K1 / K2 here

Download vGPU 367.92-369.95 for vSphere 6.5 for GRID K1 / K2 here

Tesla M10/M6/M60 – sources

vGPU Grid Manager + Drivers are only available to customers and NVIDIA NPN partners for M10/M6/M60.

Download if you are a NPN partner

Download if you are a GRID M10, M6, M60 customer

vGPU 367.92-369.95 for XenServer 6.5 for Tesla M10 / M6 / M60

vGPU 367.92-369.95 for XenServer 7 for Tesla M10 / M6 / M60

vGPU 367.92-369.95 for XenServer 7.1 for Tesla M10 / M6 / M60

vGPU 367.92-396.95 for vSphere 6 for Tesla M10 / M6 / M60

vGPU 367.92-396.95 for vSphere 6.5 for Tesla M10 / M6 / M60

Other Sources

NVIDIA blog – https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2017/03/10/nvidia-grid-march-2017/ 

HPE Discover London 2015

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Augmented Reality, Citrix, Cloud, Desktop Virtualization, End User Computing, Envy, Events, FrameHawk, GRID, GRID 2.0, HDX, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, HPE, HPE Discover, M710P, Moonshot, NVIDIA, Oculus Rift, Provisioning Services, Quadro, Sprout, Tesla, Virtual Reality, VMware, XenDesktop, XenServer

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Last year I was invited by HPE to go to their EMEA event HPE Discover in London, which took place the first week of December. I was invited there as part of their Hewlett Packard Enterprise Independent Influencer Program, and I was super proud of being part of this well organized program, which Kristen Reyes manages. HUGE kudos to Kristen Reyes and her team for putting together one of the most organized events I have ever attended as a blogger. Last time I attended HPE Discover was some years ago at their big US HPE Discover which took place at Las Vegas. I remember it was HUGE with lots of people – an epic experience that my previously employer, Arrow ECS managed the trip for. I had pretty high expectations going to the HPE Discover and I knew it was going to be good, but not as good as it REALLY was.

HPE Independent Influencer Program:

I am proud of being part of this program – let me tell you which profiles are part of the program including myself.

The team behind HPE took care of us from the time I flew all the way from Denmark to London. They made sure we got the right hotel and then once at the venue, we got a special VIP room where we got introduce each other. Team had a plan for what happend exclusively for the group. This reminds me of the Citrix CTP program I am humble to be part of where we also meet 2 times a year and are taken especially care of.

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If you want to read more about the individuals tech bloggers, that are in the program, click here.

I highly recommend you follow above persons, as they are awesome people. This is the first time I have been with such a wide  range of technology bloggers in my life and it was a huge difference – so thank you to HPE for daring to put so many different profiles together.

 

Let’s talk about HPE Discover in London 2015

There was 13.000 attendees. YES! That is INSANE and it felt like being in United States but I was in London. London can also have huge venues and they succeeded with cherry top on the beautiful cake. Yes HPE pulled it off! Please other big vendors – start making EMEA events because London is a perfect spot for this! Citrix, VMware, Microsoft… EMEA salutes you..

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I was in for a surprise the first day of the keynote when Meg Whitman kicked off HPE Discover, and Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO talked even thought it was via a conf call (but still pretty cool) and Microsoft showed the flag. I would have loved if Satya could have come in person since that would have been my first time seeing Mr. Nadella in person.

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After a great keynotes learning about where HPE is taking the company, it was time to walk around the expo to see what innovative technologies were hidden and what others I was allowed to blog about.

Next gen consumer products for engineers & designers

HP ENVY 34

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This device is so beautiful the brand new HP Envy 34, its the widest screen I have ever seen on a professional computer and its powered by Intel HD530 GPU and NVIDIA GTX 960A GPU. The speakers are B&O (Danish design brand).

Price for this device is approx 1700 USD – that’s pretty cheap for an All-in-one machine.

Another beautiful Augmented Reality device I tried was the HP Sprout. This device makes it possible to quickly edit 3D models in real time by taking objects from reality and scanning them directly in to the device. Then you can manipulate with the object and then print it out on a 3Dprinter. This process increases  the speed of making a design. Right now, the device is only available for consumers but we might see that change soon for enterprises since the unit was displayed at the HPE Discover 🙂  – so watch out for this space. I also saw AMD had setup several Oculus Rift DK2 units running some great demos. Great to see that VR was at HPE Discover.

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Deep Learning & The Machine

IMG_5231  the machine

I meet many of the brains behind the Deep Learning “things” HPE are doing, and its VERY impressive where they are, and how HPE differs to their competitors. I can’t talk much about it now – and will leave it up to how things are evolving later this year – and then blog more about it when the information is available to the public. But if you are fascinated by the future and AI / Deep learning you should look at what HPE is doing with the concept, “The Machine”. If you look at what they are trying to accomplish and put the puzzle together yourself, you might see for yourself how HPE will make a difference in how next generation datacenters will be built – that’s a fact.

Learn more about the HPE “The Machine” here

Citrix Octoblu & HPE – The Cube
(The ultimate iOT automated conference room)

The Cube

HPE Smart Digital Collaboration Space (1107), a.k.a. “The Cube.” . That was the name of this cool concept.

This was mind-blowing – and one of the most innovative things I saw at HPE Discover with IoT using Citrix Octoblu.

HPE, together with Aruba and Octoblu have teamed together to create a beautiful workflow that automates a conference room with iOT.

All visitors could try this at the event. HPE allowed 3-4 people to enter the cube as a group. We were asked our name and then were given an iPhone to bring into “The Cube”. The system then welcomed use by name and the room went from “green” to “red” (which was Philips Hue that did this), so the people outside could clearly see that the room was occupied and a meeting was taking place. An HP tablet on the door outside also showed the room was occupied and listed the attendees by name. Inside, the HP surface PCs connected to Skype for Business, Samsung TV started and a business session went live. At the end,  “The Cube” took a selfie and put on twitter and sent the photo to our emails and after we left the room. Upon exiting, it reset all the workflows and the room was lit green again – ready for next group. Amazing 🙂

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Below is the workflow that was created in Octoblu

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Try out octoblu here if you havent tried it yet. Its still beta and “FREE” https://octoblu.com/

Read the official blog post from Citrix about the solution

 

HPE & NVIDIA GRID offerings

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It was great to see all the new NVIDIA GRID 2.0 solutions. Two gentlemen proudly showed the HPE ProLiant WS460C Gen9 that now supports NVIDIA Tesla M60 and NVIDIA Tesla M6. This means higher density and more performance. So great to see that HPE is a pioneer, offering the entire solution from NVIDIA. There is soon NVIDIA GTC – and I expect we will see some data on customers running on HPE solution with M60/M6 and we get some data on how many users can run on these new offerings. It’s actually my first time seeing on-hands the M6 GPU from NVIDIA and it looks beautiful and green. These GPUs are made for low end GPU workloads all the way up to high end GPU workloads. The performance of the M60 is 2x the performance compared to K2 (GRID 1.0)

Please keep in mind that NVIDIA has changed GRID 2.0 so when you buy the GPUs, you also have to buy a “software” license.
Your NPN (NVIDIA preferred partner) should be able to help you with providing you the correct information. This license is required both for Pass-through and vGPU of the M60 and M6.

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Moonshot and beyond

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HPE Moonshot has been a subject I have been following for a while now. It all started when one of my great friends (and fellow CTP) Dane Young talked about HP Moonshot and why it differs to the market. HPE liked Young’s view – and his face is now on the wall at the Houston research facility. So if you are a client or a partner, you might know Dane Young – or you will if you are in Houston to see what HPE is doing with HPE Moonshot.

Citrix had a booth at the HPE Discover and they showed how Citrix is working and offered on a HPE Moonshot stack.

The HPE Moonshot team had several sessions talking about the next generation “trader workstation” which opens my eyes on how users use a computer. Traders are actually some of the most “difficult” users to satisfy – and they have a very short lifetime as an employee because its so hard what they do is so stressful. The amount of monitors and amount of data they look at is shocking and the high availability for this is nothing like you have never seen before. If these people cant work, the moneyflow stops moving – something you don’t want in the financial world. Designers are one thing, but I would definitely call traders the most difficult users. So what´s so amazing about the HPE Moonshot offering? HPE has a new catridge called the M710P, which was released in the Summer 2015. It has a high amount of CPU/GPU (or as others call it APU which is a CPU/GPU processor in 1 unit). Lots of memory and high speed disks. This is all build in a super small server which we call a cartridge. This cartridge can be put in a system and an OS can be installed and now you can have many users connecting to the catridge and using multiple sessions from Microsoft Remote Desktop Services combine this with Citrix super power “XenApp” and you now have an amazing flagship for having high amount of users with low cost. Nothing is virtualized and everything is running on bare metal. The beauty about the moonshot is that in 1 chassis you can put in 45 catridges of the M710P.

Moonshot cartridge building blocks for Citrix workloads

These are the offering that HPE have with Moonshot and Citrix and you can build amazing workloads. Personally, I would look at the M710p because I think this is the cartridge that is mature for the workload. I normally design Citrix solutions with.. wait are you talking about GPU? Yes I am..

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If you remember some time ago, Brian Madden, said “Imagine if you could put 20.000 users in a single rack? Let’s see what has happended since then. Things have evolved – and with the new cartridge M710p, its much more powerful than the first cartridges that were built for Citrix

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Citrix is using Moonshot internally

At HPE Discover, Citrix had a session with Bob Thompson from Citrix and together with the HPE Moonshot team EMEA telling how Citrix is using HPE Moonshot.

I had never heard about Citrix is using it at this scale – and big surprise their demo cloud is also running on Moonshot.

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Insights what Citrix IT are doing with HPE Moonshot

  • “Citrix on Citrix” – team responsible for deploying Citrix products internally
  • Upgrading to latest version of XenApp
  • Seamless app access from Windows 10 devices
  • Superior user experience
  • Improved security (e.g. both FIPS Compliant and Common Criteria certified)
  • Migrating to Moonshot (m710) for XenApp from HP Blades
  • Designed and optimized for XenApp
  • Less: power consumption, space and cabling
  • 8,500 sessions, across the globe in (4) data centers

“WOW so why arent more people using Moonshot, if this is so good and Citrix is doing this, it is mature”.

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M710P & Citrix – Next gen trader workstation

I am very impressed about this new machine and HPE is having HUGE success with this machine for the financial buisness. In fact, some of the biggest banks in the world are running on this. Surprised ? IT’S TRUE

Let’s look at the details of what it is.

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Here is a typical trader running with 4 monitors connecting to 1 catridge M710p and only 47% of the GPU is utilized. AMAZING!

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M710P catridge – hardware specifications

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WORKLOADsVideo transcoding , Application Delivery
CPU+GPUIntel Xeon E3-1284Lv4 with on-die GPU (GT3e: Iris Pro P6300)

4 core, 8 thread, 2.9 GHz (3.8GHz Turbo), GPU, 128MB DRAM

MEMORY32GiB of ECC-protected memory, dual-memory channels

4 x 8GB LV SO-DIMMs at 1600MT/s

NETWORKIntegrated NIC: dual port 10GbE Mellanox CX3 PRO

Supported Switch(s): 45 port 10GbE Downlinks, 4 x 40GbE QSFP uplinks

STORAGELocal SSD boot and data: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB or 960GB

m.2 (2280) form factor

POWERCartridge: 83W peak, 50W typical
OSUbuntu 15.05 w/KVM, RHEL 6.5,7.0 w/KVM, SLES 11.4/12,

Windows Server 2012 R2, 2008R2, CentOS 6.7, 7.2

What you get in a 4.5U chassis?

  • 1.44TB RAM
  • 90 10Gb NICs (internal)
  • 8 x 40Gb QSFP+ uplinks (320Gb/s total bandwidth)
  • 2 independent L2/3 switches with 450Gb throughput
  • 45 GPUs
  • 45 CPUs
  • 180 Cores (360 with HyperThreading)
  • 5.4TB, 10.8Tb, 21.6TB or 43TB iSSD Storage
  • 1800 users (conservative @ 40 per server)

Moonshot – what can you get in a rack

  • 10 x 4.3U Chassis
  • 14.4TB RAM
  • 20 independent L2/3 switches with 4.5Tb throughput
  • 450 GPUs
  • 450 CPUs
  • 1180 Cores (3600 with HyperThreading)
  • 54TB – 430TB iSSD Storage
  • 18,000 XenApp users (@40 users per server)

I hope the above gives you a pretty good idea on where Moonshot is going – and this is just for Citrix. HPE Moonshot is much more though -it’s a huge eco system build for enterprises and cloud providers, so check it out https://www.hpe.com/us/en/servers/moonshot.html

More informations about HPE Moonshot M710p – The Trader Workstation:

Bringing the Benefits of a Hosted Desktop Solution to Traders

Where can I try this

Book at demo and try HP Moonshot M700/M710/M710p here –  http://discoverylab-hpe.com/book-a-demo/

 

Summary

HPE Discover 2015 blew my mind – and it looks like we are going to have an amazing year in 2016.

I would like to say thank you to Kristen Reyes from HPE for making this happen. Each time I didn’t know what to do, she and her team took great care of me and made sure I meet the correct people at HPE – and there was always “open doors” (which isn’t always the case when techies sees a guy with a “blogger” sign around his neck).

Kristen Reyes

 

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