Nvidia, OEM Partners Show How GPUs Are Used in Data Center

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Nvidia, OEM Partners Show How GPUs Are Used in Data Center

by Jeffrey Burt

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Unveiling the New Offerings

Huang, on stage during his keynote address at the GTC, talked about the Digits DevBox, which is powered by four Titan X GPUs. (Image courtesy of Nvidia)

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A Powerful New GPU

Nvidia's Titan X, which is available now for $999 and is based on the Maxwell architecture, comes with 8 billion transistors, 3,072 CUDA cores, up to 12GB of memory and 7 teraflops of peak single-precision performance. (Image courtesy of Nvidia)

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The Digits DevBox on Display

Nvidia had a DevBox in the exhibit hall for GTC attendees to take a look at. The appliance will start shipping in May at a cost of $15,000.

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Dell's Virtual Workstation Appliance

At the GTC, Dell officials announced the Precision Appliance for Wyse, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that leverages Nvidia's Grid vGPU technology and is aimed at graphics-intensive workstation workloads. The appliance at the show is housed in this rack.

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On the Desktop

The Precision Appliance for Wyse enables applications such as this one to run in a virtualized environment.

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Nvidia in Dell Servers

Dell also uses Nvidia GPU accelerators in its servers, including the PowerEdge C4130 rack server optimized for GPUs (front) and the PowerEdge R730 system.

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Nvidia GPUs in HPC

HP leverages Nvidia's accelerators in a range of systems, including the Apollo 6000 HPC system powered by Intel processors.

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HP Uses GPUs for Workstation Environments

HP's ProLiant WS460c Gen 9 Graphics Server Blade enables customers to deliver desktop virtualization capabilities with workstation-class graphics.

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Lenovo Has Nvidia in NextScale

Lenovo's NextScale portfolio of systems, inherited last year when the company bought IBM's x86 server business, sports Nvidia GPU accelerators.

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Cisco Makes Room for More GPU Power for UCS

Cisco is partnering with chassis maker Magma to enable customers to scale their GPU use by filing a Magma chassis (the black box on left) with Nvidia GPUs and connecting them to Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) converged solutions, like the C240 systems, underneath and to the right of the chassis.

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SuperMicro's SuperServer

SuperMicro's 1U (1.75-inch) SuperServer supports up to two Nvidia GPUs. It also can support Intel's Xeon Phi x86 co-processors.

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Quanta Shows Off Its Cloud Solutions

Quanta brought its Quanta Cloud Technology (QTC) solution to the GTC, which leverages Nvidia's Grid vGPU technology. The QTC offering is currently in preview.

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Nvidia Support in Cavium's ThunderX

The day before the GTC kicked off, Cavium officials announced that the company's ARM-based 64-bit ThunderX server system-on-a-chip (SoC) will support Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerators.

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Nvidia Takes On VMware

The two companies last year announced that VMware's Horizon 6 solution would support Nvidia's Grid vGPU technology, and it became available March 17. During the GTC show, the vendors competed in a friendly contest to see which could spin up 60 virtual desktops in 60 minutes first.

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