First Cloud-Based GPU Revealed by NVIDIA, VGX K2

With this, there is no need for strong PCs anymore

By Sebastian Pop on October 17th, 2012 13:59 GMT
NVIDIA promised it would make it possible to link all sorts of devices to a central desktop with GPU acceleration, so that is what it has done by launching the first VGX adapter.

NVIDIA got this idea after seeing that laptops, tablets and even phones have reached a point where their screens can do more than the hardware beneath them can dish out.

HD (1366 x 768 pixels) and even Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) displays are common on consumer electronics devices and mobile PCs today, not just monitors and TVs.

As such, NVIDIA decided to promote the idea of a graphics adapter that can turn a desktop system, server or data center into a fast-response remote desktop.

The VGX K2 adapter has two workstation-class GPUs based on the Kepler architecture, but that is only part of what makes it special.

K2 also possesses a patent-pending remote display technology that minimizes the lag associated with virtual desktop computing.

Furthermore, SMX, a revolutionary streaming multiprocessor, optimizes power use, ensuring that performance-per-watt is as high as it can be.

Basically, owners of smartphones, tablets and anything else with a decent screen and network/web connectivity (LAN or Wi-Fi) can link to the central system and play high-end games or top-quality films.

All the while, 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM (per GPU) ensure that even graphics-intensive design and content creation applications run with ease.

All things considered, it doesn't take too much thinking to figure out what will happen when a home, office or enterprise server gets one or two (or a whole bunch) of these VGX K2: multi-user execution of all the programs, media or entertainment applications that cannot be run directly from the client devices because of hardware limitations. Simultaneously.

"The VGX platform has been developed to bring rich, interactive graphics to all enterprise virtual desktop users," said Jeff Brown, general manager of the professional solutions group at NVIDIA.

"With VGX K2 in the data center, designers and engineers who create the core intellectual property for their companies can now access their IP from any device and still enjoy workstation-class performance."
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