At the opening keynote address at GTC 2013, Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA's co-founder and CEO, made several announcements.
Enterprises can for the first time seamlessly deliver GPU-accelerated virtual desktops and professional-graphics applications from the cloud to any device, anytime, anywhere. By using NVIDIA GRID technology, businesses are able to realise the benefits of virtualisation -- security, manageability and flexibility -- while delivering the full PC experience that users expect. Dell, HP and IBM are offering NVIDIA GRID-based servers. Citrix, Microsoft and VMware are offering NVIDIA GRID-enabled software.
NVIDIA has also introduced the industry's first visual computing appliance, enabling businesses to deliver ultra-fast GPU performance to any Windows, Linux or Mac client on their network.
The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.
NVIDIA GRID VCA provides enormous flexibility to small and medium-size businesses with limited IT infrastructures. Their employees can, through the simple click of an icon, create a virtual machine called a workspace. These workspaces - which are, effectively, dedicated, high-performance GPU-based systems - can be added, deleted or reallocated as needed.
"NVIDIA GRID VCA is the first product to provide businesses with convenient, on-demand visual computing," said Jen-Hsun Huang, during his Keynote this morning at the GTC 2013. "Design firms, film studios and other businesses can now give their creative teams access to graphics-intensive applications with uncompromised performance, flexibility and simplicity."
NVIDIA GRID VCA is an easy-to-install, easy-to-manage 4U appliance. Its 16 NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA GRID VGX software provide NVIDIA Quadro-class graphics performance for up to 16 concurrent users, with low latency, high resolution and maximum interactivity for unparalleled quality of service.
Available in the United States in May from authorized value-added resellers, NVIDIA GRID VCA is offered in 8 GPU or 16 GPU configurations, with pricing starting at US$24,900, plus an annual software license of US$2,400.
GTC 2013 kicks off with NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's keynote address. This first segment of his address features the awesome processing power of GeForce GTX TITAN GPUs, including an incredible simulation of foul weather on the ocean.
NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang describes the rise of GPU computing in segment 3 of the opening day keynote at GTC 2013. Highlights: Check out the chart before the 5:00 mark showing the dramatic growth in GPU acceleration in supercomputers. Also, the Swiss National Supercomputing Center plans to build Piz Daint, expected to be one of Europe's fastest GPU-accelerated supercomputers.
NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang shows a demo of FaceWorks technology running on the GeForce GTX TITAN GPU. It includes a must be seen to be believed, amazingly realistic simulation of a face in segment 2 of the opening day keynote at GTC 2013.
NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is joined on stage at GTC 2013 by Ludwig Fuchs of RTT to discuss the reinvention of the point-of-sale experience using NVIDIA GRID VCA technology. Highlight: Check out starting at the 10-minute mark the incredible Audi R8 that the duo customize and examine on the spot in 3D!
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