VDI

GPUs and flash storage are used in numerous VDI applications today and the number is rapidly growing. The need to store and transcribe huge amounts of data through image and data processing is becoming overwhelming. The more GPUs and flash memory available, the quicker the data can be used. GPU appliances supporting multiple NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and Flash Storage appliances supporting multiple NVMe flash cards are quickly becoming the best and most economical way of accomplishing this tremendous feat.

Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC), Education, Government and More

One Stop Systems' high performance computing appliances can add tremendous compute power and vast amounts of flash storage for many VDI applications.

Specific VDI Applications

In the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, firms often have multiple global and field offices that need to routinely collaborate on individual projects. Widely dispersed engineers and architects, as well as external vendors and contractors, form teams that touch all parts of a project cycle, from design to construction. The nature of AEC work makes collaboration and mobility essential, but the PC hardware required to run high-end design and AEC applications makes mobility complex and difficult. To meet the needs of today’s distributed AEC teams, firms now turn to virtual workstations to run resource intensive applications for processing large amounts of data. Engineers in satellite offices and project trailers previously might wait up to an hour for models to load and open on their local workstations—impacting productivity and reducing billable hours. With virtual workstations, models can be accessed efficiently and securely.

AEC firms are turning to virtualization solutions to enable distributed teams to collaborate on projects across the globe. However, graphics-intensive applications and large datasets, combined with workstation performance and network limitations, mean that loading times can be excessive. By adding NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) solutions and flash storage to their VDI environments, AEC firms are realizing significant benefits, including real-time collaboration with dispersed teams and external partners as well as improved productivity.

Students entering colleges and universities these days are increasingly tech-savvy, armed with a growing number of mobile devices. They come with expectations that they’ll have access to the same caliber of tools and graphics-intensive applications as they experience in their day-to-day lives. The ability to access any application—from Windows 10 and Office productivity applications to graphics-intensive engineering applications—on any device and seamlessly collaborate on team projects in real time is critical to learning.

But universities are struggling to keep up with these ever-changing technology needs. These educational institutions want to offer new ways of learning. For many courses, special software and hardware requirements and large amounts of data mean that students must complete coursework in a specialized computer lab. This leads to space constraints, logistical challenges, and incurred maintenance costs. Colleges and universities are also beginning to recognize that online learning is critical to their long-term success. This style of learning provides scale without the need for more classrooms and caters to the way students want to learn today.

By adding NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) solutions and large amounts of flash storage to their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, educational institutions can cost-effectively deliver virtual workspaces that are equivalent to the physical PCs and workstations that students, faculty, and staff use today.

As government agencies look to support an increasingly mobile workforce, ensuring the security of sensitive data is a primary concern. In addition to strengthening their cybersecurity posture against an ever-growing number of cyber threats, federal CIOs and CTOs are faced with data center consolidation initiatives and mandatory migration to Windows 10, all while operating within the limits of tight budgets. Evolving regulations and initiatives add to the complexity of streamlining IT—such as the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) requiring IT to reduce its footprint— and virtualization may be required to achieve this goal. On top of these challenges, many IT departments are also struggling with migrating from legacy hardware and managing multiple devices across the organization.

Government agencies are increasingly turning to virtualization and cloud computing to address security and IT challenges. For example, the Pentagon moved to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to increase security, lower maintenance costs, and enable mobility, but early efforts were challenged by latency on desktop and lack of shared storage. With NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) technology, government agencies can implement VDI with a high-quality user experience, especially with graphics-intensive applications, streaming video, and Windows 10. Additionally, adding NVMe resources to the VDI systems provides ample storage capacity for all users. And they can accomplish this while increasing security and mobility and reducing IT maintenance costs. The value of virtual GPUs and NVMe in government is considerable.

NVIDIA Quadro GPUs

From stunning industrial design to advanced special effects to complex scientific visualization, Quadro® is the world’s preeminent visual computing platform. Trusted by millions of creative and technical professionals to accelerate their workflows, only Quadro has the most advanced ecosystem of hardware, software and tools to transform the disruptive challenges of today into business successes of tomorrow.

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Compute Accelerators

Our compute accelerators support from one to sixteen double-wide PCIe cards and can be cabled up to four host computers through PCIe x16 Gen3 connections each operating at 128Gb/s. The all-steel construction chassis house power supplies, fans, and a system monitor that monitors the fans, temperature sensors and power voltages. Front panel LEDs signal minor, major or critical alarms. The compute accelerators are transparent and do not require software except for the drivers required by the PCIe add-in cards. Compute accelerators are the best appliance for applications that require a large amount of compute power.

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Flash Storage Arrays

Our flash storage arrays support from one to thirty-two single-wide PCIe cards and can be cabled up to four host computers through PCIe x16 Gen3 connections each operating at 128Gb/s. The light-weight, compact chassis house power supplies, fans, and a system monitor that monitors the fans, temperature sensors and power voltages. Flash storage arrays are the best appliance for applications that require a large amount of fast, flexible storage.

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Other HPC Applications

Our products can be customized to fit a wide range of other high performance computing applications. See how our products can be used for other applications, such as Machine Learning, Defense, Finance, Medical, Research, Oil and Gas, Media & Entertainment, and VDI.

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