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HPE BladeSystem Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure Delivers on Performance


Find out how The Tolly Group evaluated the VDI performance of the HPE/NVIDIA ProLiant blade solution handling graphics-intensive tasks. View the complete Tolly report here.

Authored by Robert Hartman and Steve Schall, Senior Product Manager, HPE.

 Blog_TollyReport.jpgVirtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions provide a scalable, secure and efficient alternative to providing standalone PCs to users.  VDI has been deployed for high-end 3D CAD for over a decade. The benefits include faster model loads over high-speed data center networks, improved security and data leak prevention which enhances intellectual property protection. The HPE ProLiant WS 460c Gen9 graphics blade server for HPE BladeSystem integrates NVIDIA Tesla technology to provide high-performance virtualization of graphics functions, thus positioning VDI as a viable solution to demanding graphics applications such as 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and geophysical visualization. 

The objective of the project was to indicate when the CPU or GPU becomes the performance bottleneck.  Some applications such as CAD, tend to user more CPU per user than other simulation or energy visualization which tends to user more GPU resource.

HPE commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the VDI performance of the HPE ProLiant WS460c blade handling graphics-intensive tasks. Tests were conducted using virtualized Microsoft Windows 10 systems running on a VMware ESX 6.0 host.

To illustrate the capability and scalability of the HPE/NVIDIA solution, the Tolly team ran the SPECviewperf12 suite of performance tests on the solution. The SPECviewperf12 suite is a recognized standard for measuring graphics performance based on today’s graphics-intensive professional applications and workloads.  This suite of tests is designed to place a heavy load on the CPU/GPU hardware and tests maximum performance with a peak workload. This method yields a conservative result since real world users rarely work at a continuous peak level. Applications featured in the testing included Dassault Systèmes CATIA, Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya and Siemens NX (SNX) application, as well as medical and energy benchmarks.

This performance benchmark testing found the following results. For high-end CAD and visualization, HPE BladeSystem, NVIDIA Tesla M6 and NVIDA GRID can provide:

  1. High data center user densities of up to 12 CAD users per one rack unit of space
  2. Better understanding of when the CPU or GPU becomes the limiting factor for scalability
  3. Improved data leak control and intellectual property protection as the data never leaves the data center

For more on the results of this benchmark testing, read the full report HPE BladeSystem Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure Performance. And head here to learn more about HPE BladeSystem and VDI.

The Path to Composable and HPE Synergy

The Path to Composable provides the flexibility and scalability needed to meet your management demands, enabling you to increase capabilities and empower new applications. The Path to Composable is enabled by HPE BladeSystem and OneView.

While not tested in these scenarios, equivalent or better performance can be reached with a fully composable experience, HPE Synergy ProLiant SY480 with the NVIDIA Tesla M6 and NVIDIA GRID software, as the next step to power VDI applications. Start here to learn more about HPE Synergy.

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20 years of marketing experience in semiconductors, networking and servers. Focused on HP BladeSystem networking supporting Virtual Connect, interconnects and network adapters.

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