At GTC, See How Virtualization Improves the Way Business Works

Learn how Autodesk, DENSO, DigitalGlobe and others use NVIDIA GPU-powered virtual desktops.
by Anne Hecht

Imagine architects collaborating on design ideas while on a client site, with no loss of fidelity or detail. Or engineers working in the head office, sharing large files and detailed plans on a new design with colleagues all over the world.

These are among the real-world scenarios where NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) products, including NVIDIA GRID and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS), offer proven benefits. Learn all about them at the GPU Technology Conference, March 26-29 in San Jose.

Design with Efficiency Powered by Quadro vDWS

Autodesk makes powerful software applications that empower its customers to make anything from towering skyscrapers and high-performance cars to visually stunning films.

With a GPU-accelerated VDI environment leveraging NVIDIA Quadro vDWS and NVIDIA GRID, Autodesk increased efficient use of resources while providing fast, mobile access to applications for its sales and development teams.

“The biggest value NVIDIA brings to Autodesk is the ability to resolve and share access to the right compute resources,” said Rachel O’Gorman, service manager for CloudPC at Autodesk. “There’s no way to scale physical workstations and the infrastructure it requires. Virtualized desktops replace and augment physical workstations, and the VDI environment lets us optimize resource consumption, reduce maintenance and management work, and increase productivity for our developers and technical sales teams.”

Hear more about how Autodesk benefits from their virtual workstation environment during their GTC session.

DENSO Drives Performance with Quadro vDWS

With customers like Ford and Harley Davidson, DENSO International America is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technology, systems and components to the automotive industry.

A big part of their success is due to a virtualization platform that enables collaboration from any location. To ensure its virtual workstations perform like physical workstations, DENSO turned to NVIDIA Quadro vDWS software.

Learn how DENSO harnessed the horsepower for workstation-class VDI performance for applications like Siemens NX, Dassault Systèmes CATIA and ANSYS in their GTC session.

Visualizing the Globe, From Any Location

DigitalGlobe’s 3D visualizations of Earth — captured from hundreds of satellites moving at 15,000 miles per hour — support some of humanity’s most ambitious endeavors. Most recently, they helped hold the Myanmar government accountable by uncovering evidence of civilian massacres.

DigitalGlobe relies on NVIDIA GRID to power the virtual desktop infrastructure that puts these 21st century maps in the hands of those who need them most.

“We’re focused on VDI for all the good things it provides — portability, security and manageability,” says Mike Bantz, an IT engineer at DigitalGlobe. “The challenge is we work with datasets that are too large to download. With NVIDIA GRID, we can provide users access to our imagery from anywhere.”

Check out DigitalGlobe’s session, Rebooting VDI: How GRID Technology has Propelled DigitalGlobe’s Success, at GTC.

NVIDIA Quadro vDWS: Global by Design

Global design firm CannonDesign harnesses innovative approaches to architecture and engineering to help solve its clients’ greatest challenges. The 1,000-person firm shares projects and works on files living in a single data center among designers and architects in 16 offices worldwide.

The key: A virtual desktop infrastructure, powered by Quadro vDWS. It enables collaboration across projects, regardless of location — whether in the field, at the office or in a client’s meeting space.

CannonDesign will talk about their experiences in the GTC session, An Architectural Design Firm’s Journey Through vGPU Technology for Global Collaboration. Jimmy Rotella, the firm’s digital practice director, and Andrew Schilling, its chief infrastructure officer, will share how virtualization allows their colleagues in 15 offices worldwide to collaborate. They’ll also detail how it’s helped their IT department be more efficient.

Freed up for strategic projects, CannonDesign’s IT team has been exploring VR technologies such as NVIDIA Holodeck. Their goal is to further design collaboration and experience projects at scale before breaking ground. They’re presenting their findings in the session How Multi-User Collaborative VR is Changing the Way Architects Design Spaces.

Virtualization for All

These are a few examples of how NVIDIA vGPU solutions make virtualization more useful. Other virtualization sessions at GTC include:

Learn how you can put virtualization to work at our GPU Technology Conference.

Image courtesy of DigitalGlobe.