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  • randomhkkid - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    Did you manage to obtain results for the valley benchmark run? I'm quite interested in the use of application like CAD over grid. Do you know of any plans for a consumer release or is it just for enterprise customers? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    For the purposes of the GRID Test Drive you're essentially being allocated a lower clocked 4GB GTX 680. It's direct pass through so there aren't any real surprises. But if you check the photo gallery I did capture the results screen in case anyone was interested.

    As for a consumer release, there's technically nothing ruling out consumers but everything is structured towards business/enterprise usage. If you're a small business you buy a complete GRID VCA, and larger businesses mix and match GRID cards with Citrix/VMWare as necessary. No one is really assembling consumer software for this; the closest you'll get is Steam home streaming.
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  • ivanc - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    GRID misspelled as "GIRD" under "Closing Thoughts" section :) Reply
  • Computron - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    Just tested it out with some games, works pretty well for RTS games.

    I really want a consumer version. Preferably one that hooks right into RDP, like remoteFX, but free or affordably available for consumers...
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  • MrMaestro - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    The company I work for is in the early stages of rolling out a Citrix Receiver implementation that leverages NVIDIA GRID GPUs, in order virtualise our CAD workstations. Cost-wise it probably won't save the company an money. Sure, you save money buying lower-end desktops and laptops as opposed to CAD workstations, but that doesn't quite offset the cost of the infrastructure. The reason they're doing is to simplify the management of resources which are currently spread among a few offices around the world, essentially centralising all data but giving the end-user the experience of having everything at their fingertips. And leading on from that, the second reason is being able more effectively secure IP. And that's worth its weight in gold as far as my company is concerned

    It's funny how moving forward we're looking more and more to the mainframe-terminal model of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
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  • jdrch - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    Never trust a high tech vendor demoing a product using a previous generation OS. Hey Nvidia, show us Windows 8.1 and I'll be impressed. Reply
  • TheJian - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Who cares about win8/8.1? There is a reason PC sales were off 12%. That reason is 8/8.1. Dell/HP etc have all said it. It works with 8 anyway though so I don't get your point. See Ktracho's link. They showed win7 most likely because business doesn't want win8 any more than they wanted Vista. They are not selling these to home users, so you give them the OS they are probably using right? Reply
  • ruthan - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Ok and what about local OS, is need, or everything is booted from network? Could i connect to VDI from Linux, i need buy 2 OS for every user? Reply
  • Ktracho - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Nah, just use your iPad. It has an HDMI port after all, doesn't it? Oops, but my point is in the future, you could use something like a Tegra Note tablet or a high end phone connected (wirelessly?) to a real keyboard/mouse/display. When you have a meeting or have to go home, just grab your phone/tablet, and your PC is right there with you. Your employer doesn't need to spend any money for a local OS, since you'll be providing your own device. :-) At least that's my vision.

    To answer your question, though, according to http://www.nvidia.com/content/vca/NV_GRID_VCA_Data... it looks like you would need Windows 7/8, Mac OSX, Ubuntu, or Red Hat Linux as your local OS, at least if you buy the hardware/software solution directly from NVIDIA. If you use a different hardware/software solution, it looks like it depends on what Citrix or VMWare requires for their (software) solutions. Basically, you'd have to download an app that provides access to the GRID Workspace, so it depends what OS the app has been ported to.
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  • lefty2 - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    He says that the lag is not a problem, but he's only opening some apps and having a quick test. If you were actually doing real work on a 3D content creation tool, maybe it would become a problem. Reply
  • icrf - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    I'm thinking of building a home server running ESXi, using it as my router/firewall, file server, etc. I'm also thinking of using it as my desktop, too, but I'd need some 3D support. I got excited when I read about vDGA, what's essentially just GPU pass-through, no virtualization. None of my other VMs will need the GPU, and it sounded like it'd be perfect. The problem is I can't find a list of supported GPUs. Things I read make it sound like it only works with these GRID cards, which is pretty far from what I actually need.

    If it really is just passing through, using the standard GPU driver in the guest OS, why is there such a limit on the cards supported?
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  • buchie - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Biggest problem is the codec being 4.2.0 and designers NEED atleast a 4.2.2 codec sampling the colors to be accurate. I looked at the system at IBC13, the concept rocks for the price. Rental would be great. But the Nvidia engineer needed to admid that the codec was less then sufficient. Reply
  • toyotabedzrock - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    What about encryption? And you would think NVidia would find a way to render text locally instead of encoding it, same goes for video. Reply
  • beck2050 - Sunday, May 25, 2014 - link

    This is a key development for Nvidia's future. Cloud and super computing are areas where growth will be strong. Reply
  • k1l011 - Monday, August 04, 2014 - link

    Completely off topic, but does anyone know where I can find the background image used in the first picture? Thanks! Reply

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