AMD Announces FirePro S7100X, The Only Hardware Virtualized GPU
AMD has announced AMD FirePro S7100X, a Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers. This MxGPU is the industry’s first and only hardware virtualized GPU which is compliant with SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard.
This chip provides workstation class experience for up to 16 users, which is practically indistinguishable from the discrete desktop GPU.
FirePro S7100X is ideal for blade server deployment, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of 100W. It uses an entirely new architecture, designed with virtual capabilities built into the silicon.
Compliant with the well-established PCIe virtualization standard SR-IOV specification, AMD FirePro S7100X unburdens the hypervisor from proprietary and complex software implementations.
Each virtualized GPU instance appears as a full-featured, native graphical device to the virtual machine’s guest operating system, allowing it to be used with certified professional graphics applications.
The benefits of AMD FirePro S7100X are incredible from performance to exceptional value, some of which are listed as below.
- Predictable performance – The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU supports up to 16 users per GPU across a range of virtualization solutions. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU enables hardware-controlled scheduling cycles to provide predictable quality of service (QoS). Deterministic QoS results in smooth transitions from proof-of-concept pilots to organization-wide deployments. Additionally, AMD MxGPU technology provides users with close-to-the-metal functionality, helping to deliver a virtualization experience that is remarkably close to that of a native desktop.
- Greater simplicity – AMD MxGPU technology is the only graphics virtualization solution in the industry that exposes the graphics functionality of the GPU to the virtual instance allowing full support for graphics APIs like DirectX® and OpenGL®, and GPU compute APIs like OpenCL™, enabling applications to be run in virtual environments without altering the code. Configuration and management is simple using native AMD FirePro™ graphics drivers rather than proprietary software found in competing offerings, and no profiles are needed so administrators can flexibly add and remove virtual machines as they see fit.
- Increased security – One of the key benefits of VDI is the ability to centralize and secure data and resources. AMD MxGPU technology preserves the data integrity of virtualized desktops and their application data using hardware-enforced memory isolation logic, rather than a software virtualization overlay found in competing offerings, to separate one virtual machine from being able to access another virtual machine’s data.
- Exceptional value –The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU exposes the full-functionality of the GPU, and optimizes GPU resources across users. Unlike other offerings on the market, AMD MxGPU technology also has no hardware user license fees.