NVIDIA Unveils Own GRID-Based Server, the Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)


NVIDIA Unveils Own GRID-Based Server, the Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)

At the first keynote address at GTC 2013, NVIDIA CEO unveiled the company's very own GRID-based server named Visual Computing Appliance (VCA). This server features a pair of Intel Xeon CPUs with eight Kepler-based graphics cards. It marks the upscaling of GRID technology to meet enterprise needs.

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Besides featuring such powerful and configurable hardware, the VCA incorporates the company's own VGX technology that will deliver a 'dedicated' virtual CPU-GPU stack to the user's device through NVIDIA's thin-client software that has to be installed on the device.

During VCA's demonstration, a MacBook Pro had three instances of NVIDIA Workspace running. Each workspace had a CPU-GPU intensive application in use; the one on the extreme left had SolidWorks operating, the one on the far right hosted Adobe Premiere with a 4K video playing and the middle workspace had a CAD-based software in operation.

According to CEO Jen-Hsun, the VCA that was hosting the GRID technology was actually located that was located about 547 kilometers away. This proved that NVIDIA GRID technology can be successfully deployed over a WLAN. He also revealed the cost of owning a NVIDIA GRID VCA with its VGX technology.

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