Microsoft RemoteFX on Intel Xeon

Today Microsoft is shipping RemoteFX.  Microsoft’s RemoteFX, part of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and included in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, is designed to provide a complete, rich, local-like desktop experience for hosted desktops and applications.

A big part of delivering that experience is the ability to virtualize GPUs.  Engineers at Intel and Microsoft have been working closely together to develop the technologies to make Virtualization experience better.

Microsoft’s RemoteFX technology makes use of new virtualization capabilities in the latest Intel Xeon processors, with Next-Generation Intel® Micro architecture (Nehalem).  These virtualization capabilities combined with Intel® QuickPath Technology and an integrated memory controller speed traffic between processors, GPUs and I/O controllers and reduce latency.

Servers built with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series or the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series offer IT intelligent, scalable performance and cost-saving energy efficiency for Microsoft RemoteFX, plus a superior user experience for the virtual desktop.  Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 also includes Hyper-V Dynamic Memory.  Dynamic Memory uses Next-Generation Intel Micro architecture to optimize memory management and maximize scalability, helping to deliver near-native performance for virtual desktop VMs. Read more details on Intel and Microsoft at the Intel Alliance site:

Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with a processor supporting HT Technology and an HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, see here.