How NVIDIA and Citrix Are Driving the Future of Virtualized Visual Computing

by Will Wade

To understand the future of virtualization, check out what Citrix and NVIDIA are up to.

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Citrix CEO Mark Templeton announce NVIDIA GRID vGPU on Citrix XenDesktop 7.
Huang and Templeton announce NVIDIA GRID vGPU on Citrix XenDesktop 7 at Citrix Synergy.

Unveiled this morning by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Citrix CEO Mark Templeton in a keynote address at Citrix Synergy, Citrix XenDesktop 7 can remotely access physical GPU resources using NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology.

They told the more than 6,000 conference attendees that tens of millions of knowledge workers can now benefit from graphics acceleration on any platform (Windows, Mac or Android), using any device (desktops, laptops, tablets, even phones), on any application (OpenGL, Direct X, GPGPU or others).

Whether it’s a photo-editing application or one for medical imaging or architectural design, as long as the device has a display and a Citrix receiver, “it now just works,” said Huang, thanks to the NVIDIA GRID vGPU.

In the video below, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Citrix CEO Mark Templeton demonstrate the incredible high interactivity and low latency of working with virtual applications using NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology integrated into XenDesktop 7.

While the technology combination won’t be generally available until later this year, interest is already sharp among an alphabet soup of OEMs, ISVs and VARs, as well as a slew of customers.

But businesses don’t need to wait to take advantage of GPU sharing. The launch of XenDesktop 7 enables a new class of rich graphics for hosted-shared environments with NVIDIA GRID technology. Offering unmatched application compatibility, this is the only shared, direct GPU acceleration available on the market with Citrix HDX 3D Pro technology.

The world’s leading hardware-makers are building NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 boards into their servers.

OEMs and ISVs can validate and certify their wares through our certification program and testing center. And we’ve made it easy: Our reciprocal agreement with Citrix gives apps simultaneous NVIDIA GRID and Citrix Ready certification.

With NVIDIA GRID, virtualized devices and applications “just work.”

The most demanding applications like Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit and Bunkspeed SHOT, PRO and DRIVE are already certified. We’ll be announcing more certifications of popular apps soon.

The channel is ready to engage customers as well. M7 Global Partners, a consortium of the top nine Citrix platinum-level IT providers in the U.S., announced its strong endorsement of NVIDIA GRID. They’ve got customers around the world looking to deploy visually rich applications across a wide range of industries. M7 plans to deploy GRID technology on servers from all the major OEMs.

In fact, we revealed last week that 175 customer trials with NVIDIA GRID are already underway. The future of virtualization is looking very bright indeed.

Read more about the news from Citrix and NVIDIA in our press release. If you’re at Citrix Synergy, stop our booth, as well as those for Cisco, Dell and IBM, where demonstrations of GRID technology are taking place. And follow us on Twitter at @NVIDIAGRID.

Update: Post updated to include video from keynote address at Citrix Synergy.