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GPU vendors offload to cloud

Posted: 23 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jon Peddie Research? GPU? graphics? virtualisation? Nvidia?

During the second-annual Virtualise event in Silicon Valley, hosted by Jon Peddie Research, a number of GPU vendors will unveil their graphics solutions that leverage the cloud. Remote graphics servers will "play a meaningful but minority role," said Jon Peddie, principal of the market watcher. In areas where workstations have had limited success such as with mechanical engineers using AutoCAD, "we expect remote workstation products to outsell traditional desk-side workstations," he noted.

A small Israeli company was the first to use virtualisation on GPUs. Nvidia was quick to pick up on the technology and now ships its own branded rack-based graphics systems.

AMD followed, selling boards to graphics server makers. It also added capabilities in its GPUs and hypervisor drivers so users could deliver predictable amounts of graphics computing to individual users. Other vendors ranging from processor giant Intel to IP provider Vivante also support the growing trend.

"The market is starting to offer a lot of alternatives to access this remote-graphics technology," said Peddie.

Network bandwidth

Transporting pixel data has become a relatively small burden as network bandwidth grows and models become more complex, said Peddie. (All charts: Jon Peddie Research)

Mechanical engineers are the biggest users of remote graphics. But the market is diverse and includes users in medicine and pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, as well as energy and science sectors.

Cloud-based graphics

Diverse users led by mechanical engineers are adopting cloud-based graphics.

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