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HPE and NVIDIA collaboration produces breakthrough engineering virtual workstation solution

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NVIDIA have collaborated to produce a breakthrough Engineering Virtual Workstation solution to optimize your graphic-intensive workloads.

HPE and NVIDIA_Blog_shutterstock_651012016.jpgTechnical professionals rely on graphic-intensive platforms to design, render, and build structures ranging from airplanes to buildings. Until today, these highly advanced workloads have generally been limited to high performance physical workstations shared by multiple users. But many organizations struggle with geographically dispersed teams needing to collaborate and share sensitive data in real time.

Recognizing there had to be a better way, HPE and NVIDIA® designed the Engineering Virtual Workstation solution to optimize graphic-intensive workloads resulting in an immersive, high-quality user experience. It is an advanced GPU-powered platform that delivers high-definition 3D applications to end-user virtual desktops via VMware vSphere® infrastructure, and empowers designers and consumers of graphics data with drastically improved performance for their virtual applications.

The solution is built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server, equipped with a newly-designed riser. The riser supports up to seven single-wide GPUs, or two double-wide GPUs, using either NVIDIA® T4 GPUs or NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 6000 GPUs.  

The Engineering Virtual Workstation solution accelerates IT performance by unleashing VDI performance, scalability, and agility for businesses of all sizes.  It allocates resources on the fly with composable infrastructure, and saves space and money with an ultra-high GPU-density platform. Virtual workstations offer users the mobility and flexibility to work from any location and on any device, and enables users to collaborate seamlessly from anywhere in the world. The solution also provides secure access to sensitive data, and reduces IT management costs as IT can maintain and upgrade virtual workstations in a centralized data center.

Innovative design leveraging the HPE ProLiant DL380 server

The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server is the industry’s most trusted compute platform, and delivers the latest in workload-optimized performance, security, and management automation, backed by a comprehensive warranty. The server is securely designed to reduce costs and complexity, featuring the First and Second Generation Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family, with up to a 60% performance gain1 and 27% increase in cores2, plus up to 3.0 TB of HPE 2933 MT/s DDR4 SmartMemory. It supports 12 GB/s SAS, and up to 20 NVMe drives, with a broad range of compute options.

HPE ProLiant: the intelligent foundation for hybrid cloud

HPE ProLiant is the intelligent foundation for hybrid cloud, featuring a fresh, flexible, software-defined approach, and delivering unmatched workload optimization, security, and automation, all available as a service.

Workload optimized

The foundational intelligence of HPE ProLiant transforms IT with insights that help optimize workload performance, placement, and efficiency, delivering better outcomes faster.

360-degree security

Already the world’s most secure industry-standard server, HPE ProLiant provides an enhanced holistic, 360-degree view to security that begins in the manufacturing supply chain and concludes with a safeguarded, end-of-life decommissioning.

Intelligent automation

The intelligence built into HPE ProLiant simplifies and automates management tasks, establishing a solid foundation for an open, hybrid cloud platform enabled by composability.

Delivered as a service

HPE provides customers choice in how they acquire and consume IT. Beyond traditional financing and leasing, HPE offers options that free trapped capital, accelerates infrastructure updates, and provides for on-premises pay-per-use consumption.

Accelerating virtualized workstations with NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) software

Industrial verticals have evolved over the years, driving the need for GPU hardware-based acceleration in end-user computing environments in order to deliver superior performance. Intensive 3D applications in several industrial sectors require the resulting high-resolution graphics in order to provide end users with the appropriate outcome. Enterprises are using applications to help design better products that get to market faster. NVIDIA vGPUs enable enterprises to efficiently deploy GPUs to support every workload, from virtual client computing to the most compute-intensive workloads.

Improving the performance of virtualized workloads

The NVIDIA® T4 GPU, based on the latest Turing™ architecture, is a single wide card with passive cooling that offers good performance while consuming less power. The NVIDIA Turing architecture includes RT cores for real-time ray tracing acceleration, and batch rendering.

Accelerated ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading

The NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 6000, powered by the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture and the NVIDIA RTX™ platform, brings the most significant advancement in computer graphics in over a decade to professional workflows. Designers can now wield the power of hardware and dramatically boost productivity and create amazing content faster than ever before.

Consistent user experience for every virtual workflow

NVIDIA® vGPU software provides virtual machines (VMs) access to NVIDIA GPU technology. It enhances the power of a VDI environment to offer a consistent user experience for every virtual workflow.

For more information, please check out the Engineering Virtual Workstation Solution Reference Architecture and Solution brief.

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1 HPE measurements: Up to 60% performance increase of Intel Xeon Platinum vs. previous generation E5-2600 v4 average gains of STREAM, LINPACK, SPEC CPU 2006 & SPEC CPU2017 metrics on HPE servers comparing 2-socket Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 to E5-2699 v4 family processors. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. April 2019.

2 Up to 27% cores increase of Intel Xeon Platinum vs. previous generation comparing 2-socket Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 (28 cores) to E5-2699 v4 (22 cores). Calculation 28 cores/22 cores= 1.27 = 27%. April 2019.

Tom Lattin
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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