AMD Unveils Hardware-Virtualized Server GPUs for High Performance & Enhanced Security
AMD has announced the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU product line, the FirePro S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology.
The new server oriented GPUs include the FirePro S7150 and the FirePro S7150 x2, and are both aimed to deliver an innovative solution in response to emerging user experiences such as remote workstation, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
With the arrival of the modern virtualization industry standard to the GPU hardware, what we’re expecting is the consistent performance and enhanced security across virtual machines. AMD’s Multiuser GPU technology, based on SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization), a PCI Express standard:
- Delivers hardware GPU scheduling logic with high-precision quality of service to the user.
- Preserves the data integrity of Virtualized Machines (VM) and their application data through hardware-enforced memory isolation logic preventing one VM from being able to access another VM’s data.
- Exposes all graphics functionality of the GPU to applications allowing for full virtualization support for not only graphics APIs like DirectX and OpenGL but also GPU compute APIs like OpenCL.
Based on the 28nm process, both server graphics cards are designed to create high-performance virtual workstations and address IT needs of simple installation and operation. According to AMD, multi-user graphics will provide IT workers with on-demand powerhouse graphics when needed. In addition to that, it will help reduce the total cost of ownership typically associated with large installations of workstations.
Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD, said in a statement:
The AMD hardware virtualization GPU product line is another shining example of our commitment to offer customers exceptional cutting edge graphics in conjunction with fundamental API software support. We created the innovative AMD FirePro S-series GPUs to deliver a precise, secure, high performance and enriched graphics user experience — all provided without per user licensing fees required to use AMD’s virtualized solution.
AMD FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 server GPUs support the DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 2.0 APIs. As for operating systems, both cards are compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for guests while hosts can additionally run the cards from a Linux platform.
The FirePro S-Series GPUs are expected to be available from server technology providers in the first half of 2016.
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