Part1: GPU-VDI deep dive – Get Started

Testing NVIDIA GPU (Quadro4000) with Horizon View 5.2
This part of the GPU powered VDI series contains the initial gathering of software, drivers and knowing the power of the GPU card being used in your testing. In my testing, I took Quadro 4000 GPU to test with View 5.2. 
Please note this is just a get started guide and not a benchmarking, performance and/or scalability testing scenarios.
Quadro 4000 Technical Specifications
Specifications
Quadro 4000
CUDA PARALLEL PROCESSING CORES
256
FRAME BUFFER MEMORY
2 GB GDDR5
MEMORY INTERFACE
256-bit
MEMORY BANDWIDTH
89.6 GB/s
MAX POWER CONSUMPTION
142 W
GRAPHICS BUS
PCI Express 2.0 x 16
DISPLAY CONNECTORS
DL-DVI-I (1), DP (2), Stereo (1 optional)
THERMAL SOLUTION
Active
Quadro 4000 compared to other cards
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Source: http://www.nvidia.in/docs/IO/40049/NV_DS_Quadro_RemoteFX_LR.pdf
 
NVIDIA GPU driver supported for VMware vSGA
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New in Release 304.76:
  • This driver enables VMware’s vSGA shared GPU capabilities.
  • Hardware based graphics acceleration for 3D workloads for VMware Horizon View virtual desktops or vSphere virtual machines.
Supported Products
Quadro series:
6000, 5000, 4000
M-Class Processors:
Tesla M2070-Q
GRID Series:
GRID K2, GRID K1
Additional Information
  • Supports VMware Horizon View 5.2 or later
  • Requires all virtual machines to be at least VMware HWv9 compatible
Here you can find the VMware HCL for vSGA
VMware Compatibility Guide – Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA)
Here you can find the NVIDIA driver (VIB) for ESXi 5.1
VMware ESXi VIB file to enable vSGA
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About cloudray

Predominantly based around Virtualization, but will include other technology related information and anything else I find interesting and feel the need to share with you. I also use this Blog as both a place to store useful information that I think that will come in handy to me at some point in the future, and also a place to help aid my learning. I find a great way to learn about something is to research about it and then write it up in my own words. I'm Pushpal Ray, from India. As a certified VCP3/4/5 professional, I am currently working as an Independent Consultant. Over 10 years of IT-industry experience, currently focused around the Desktop Virtualization(End-User Computing). I also have extensive experience in Windows Administration, Datacenter Migration, Workload profiling & benchmarking. At my leisure, I enjoy hiking, running, photography, spend hours in my fav coffee shop & spend quality time with my wife. Occasionally, catch up with few friends for a drink!
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2 Responses to Part1: GPU-VDI deep dive – Get Started

  1. Ilya says:

    Does anybody know which edition of Horizon View should I choose if I plan to work with 3D-graphics in VDI based on Nvidia Quadro 4000 with vSGA or vDGA modes?

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