Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nvidia puts graphics accelerator in the Cloud

Nvidia has introduced the concept of remote graphics acceleration in Windows, Linux or Mac-based clients.

Called the Nvidia Grid Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) runs complex video applications such as those from Adobe Systems and Dassault Systèmes on a server and sends the graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. 

“Design firms, film studios and other businesses can now give their creative teams access to graphics-intensive applications," said said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer, NVIDIA.

The system is based on 16 NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA GRID VGX software it will support up to 16 concurrent users.

“It enhances the design experience for SolidWorks users from any PC or Mac,” said Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes.

“With centralised access to fast GPUs, designers can more quickly and easily deliver high-quality 3D models,” said Sicot

Available in the US in May, NVIDIA GRID VCA is offered in 8 GPU or 16 GPU configurations, with pricing starting at $24,900, plus an annual software license of $2,400.


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