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NVIDIA brings GRID 2.0 virtual computing services to Southeast Asia

By John Law - on 4 Nov 2015, 11:46pm

NVIDIA brings GRID 2.0 virtual computing services to Southeast Asia

We were down in Singapore to hear what NVIDIA had to say about their GRID 2.0 at the vForum 2015.

NVIDIA’s virtual (or remote) desktop computing solution, the GRID, isn’t anything new to industry followers. Their virtual computing data center is renowned the world over for being the only company that runs a cloud computing service not with CPU power, but purely and completely on their famed GPU architectures.

Sadly, NVIDIA’s GRID service was pretty much limited for the longest time to their clientele – both gamers and enterprise – living within the North American region. Recently though, NVIDIA updated the GRID with several new features, chief among which being the replacement of their system’s old Kepler architecture with their new Maxwell GPU architecture. With the upgrades and its annual maintenance in place, the GRID was effectively renamed to GRID 2.0, and as an extra added bonus for its global clientele, NVIDIA has brought the GRID 2.0 data center to the Southeast Asian region, with Singapore acting as the hub of it all.

The GRID 2.0 now supports double the original number of users, twice the graphics performance, has double the number workstations, and now supports twice as many operating systems.

Announced at the vForum 2015 in Singapore, the GRID 2.0 is fitted with the news Tesla M60 and Tesla M6 GPUs, which are based on the previously mentioned Maxwell architecture. Beyond the new GPU, NVIDIA also increased the number of ‘blades’ (the name of each module within the data center rack) inside the GRID 2.0, which they say will allow the data center to handle more than twice the number of virtual desktops than the previous GRID.

Just as before, VMWare and Citrix clients will still be able to use the same functions on GRID 2.0 as they did with the original GRID. Click on the picture to learn more about VMWare and GRID.

Now, we need to point out that at the present time, the GRID 2.0 that was talked about isn’t the usual GeForce-powered GRID for gamers. The GRID 2.0 is made to service clients on the enterprise and off-shore levels (e.g. oil and gas companies, engineers, architects, automotive designers, etc.).

With the GRID 2.0, NVIDIA is also extending support for other operating systems besides Microsoft Windows. More specifically, the graphics company has extended support for their virtual desktop service to users running the Linux operating system.

Of course, clients looking to take advantage of Team Green’s virtual desktops directly from the GRID 2.0 will still need to run it through Hypervisors (i.e. third-party clients) from either VMWare's vSphere or Citrix's XenDesktop. Once you've purchased the necessary licenses from either vendors, you'll be able to take advantage of all the technology that is available with NVIDIA's GRID 2.0, such as Ray Tracing or High Performance Computing (HPC) calculations.

Desktop-ception: A Macbook Air, running Windows on bootcamp, which is running a virtual desktop via a VMWare Hypervisor, which is running off the NVIDIA GRID 2.0.

That’s all from us about NVIDIA’s GRID 2.0. Check back with us on the subject every now and then, as we’ll bring you more news on the company’s GRID system.

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