AMD unveils world’s first hardware-virtualised GPU line
By Digital News Asia February 8, 2016
- Brings modern virtualisation industry standard to GPU hardware
- Aimed at remote workstations, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and VDI use
AMD has revealed what it claimed was the world’s first hardware virtualised GPU (graphics processing unit) products: The AMD FirePro S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology.
In a statement, AMD said its hardware-virtualised GPU architecture is aimed at emerging user experiences such as remote workstations, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
In the virtualisation ecosystem, key components like the CPU, network controller and storage devices are being virtualised in hardware to deliver optimal user experiences, but prior to today the GPU was not hardware-virtualised, it said.
AMD MxGPU technology, for the first time, brings the modern virtualisation industry standard to GPU hardware, leading to consistent performance and enhanced security across virtual machines, the company added.
The new AMD FirePro S7150 and AMD FirePro S7150 x2 server graphics cards will combine with industry-leading OEM (original equipment manufacturer) offerings to create high-performance virtual workstations, AMD said.
Typical VDI use cases include computer-aided design (CAD), media and entertainment, and office applications.
“We created the innovative AMD FirePro S-series GPUs to deliver a precise, secure, high performance and enriched graphics user experience – all provided without per-user licensing fees required to use AMD’s virtualised solution,” said Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.
AMD FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 server GPUs are expected to be available from server technology providers in the first half of 2016.
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