Graphics virtualization and design collaboration took a step forward this week with the announcement of support for Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology-g (Intel® GVT-g) on the Citrix XenServer* platform.
Intel GVT-g running on the current generation graphics-enabled Intel Xeon processor E3 family, and future generations of Intel Xeon® processors with integrated graphics capabilities, will enable up to seven Citrix users to share a single GPU without significant performance penalties. This new support for Intel GVT-g in the Citrix virtualization environment was unveiled this week at the Citrix Synergy conference in Las Vegas.
A little bit of background on the technology: With Intel GVT-g, a virtual GPU instance is maintained for each virtual machine, with a share of performance-critical resources directly assigned to each VM. Running a native graphics driver inside a VM, without hypervisor intervention in performance-critical paths, optimizes the end-user experience in terms of features, performance and sharing capabilities.
All of this means that multiple users who need to work with and share design files can now collaborate more easily on the XenServer integrated virtualization platform, while gaining the economies that come with sharing a single system and benefiting from the security of working from a trusted compute pool enabled by Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT).
Intel GVT-g is an ideal solution for users who need access to GPU resources to work with graphically oriented applications but don’t require a dedicated GPU system. These users might be anyone from sales reps and product managers to engineers and component designers. With Intel GVT-g on the Citrix virtualization platform, each user has access to separate OSs and apps while sharing a single processor – a cost-effective solution that increases platform flexibility.
The back side of this story is one of close collaboration among Intel, Citrix, and the Xen open source community to develop and refine a software-based approach to virtualization in an Intel GPU and XenServer environment. It took a lot of people working together to get us to this point.
And now we’ve arrived at our destination. With the combination of Intel GVT-g, Intel Xeon processor-based servers with Intel Iris Pro Graphics, and Citrix XenServer, anywhere, anytime design collaboration just a got a lot easier.