Event Coverage

Spanning Physical Boundaries of GPU Computing with Kepler

By Wong Chung Wee - 17 May 2012

NVIDIA VGX Technology

NVIDIA VGX Technology in Action

After warming up the audience, CEO Huang proceeded to introduce NVIDIA VGX, in his own words, "...a technology that virtualizes the computing environment such that irrespective of your computing device, we can provide access to the corporate technologies and data that you need.". With the touted energy efficiency of Kepler as well as its Virtualised GPU capabilities, NVIDIA ultimately hopes to see the adoption of its VGX technology into data centers where users of differing computing requirements can conveniently access the computing powers of the shared Kepler GPUs from any device of their choice. One manner to deliver this technology would be the use of a universal Citrix end-user application, that when executed, will deliver a 'dedicated' virtual CPU-GPU stack to the user's device that is effectively tethered to a shared Kepler GPU.

 In collaboration with Citrix, NVIDIA has enabled VGX to work with the former's VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) technology, effectively boasting the capabilities of VDI with Kepler's parallel computing prowess over a distributed network environment.

In order to show how scalable the GPU-Accelerated VDI environment is, the video wall showed 100 individual desktops in a Citrix VDI setup that is powered by a single server tucked at the bottom of the screen.

In this demonstration, Grady Cofer, the visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, used a Macbook Air to remotely access their Nuke, a rendering application hosted at ILM's server farm to make changes to a scene from the movie "The Avengers".

There was a live demonstration of GeForce GRID in collaboration with cloud computing services company, Gaikai. The demonstration was carried out with two players slugging it out in an unreleased first-person mecha shooter titled "Hawken".

The beautifully rendered cockpit of a mecha in the yet-to-be-released game "Hawken". It was revealed that Gaikai is in talks with Samsung as a cloud gaming service provider for Samsung's cloud gaming services that will be launched with its Smart TVs in the near future.

With such varied applications of the cloud computing capabilities of the Kepler GPU, NVIDIA seems true to its word when the company said that it wanted to throw its weight behind GPU computing and take it to new heights by democratizing the technology by making it convenient for anyone, regardless of their computing requirements and constraints. It is truly the empowerment of people, computing power to the people.

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