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Performance benefits of GPU-accelerated Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for the modern digital workforce.
GPU Acceleration makes remote work possible for any user, in any industry.
The need for accelerated application performance, productivity, and employee satisfaction has never been greater. Across every industry, user, and location, GPU-accelerated VDI can enable IT teams to take control of their remote workforces in a cost-effective way, while enabling remote work for employees typically not capable of doing so in the past, due to technology limitations.
Organizations must reimagine work practices to be more dynamic between remote and on-premises models. This will allow them to not only recover from the current challenges they face, but will result in their resiliency in the future.
There is a renewed demand for VDI technology as millions of employees rely on in-office-like performance, and organizations seek cost-effective ways to provide it. In 2020, the pandemic forced Canada’s remote workforce to swell to40% from a mere 10% in a matter of just weeks, acting as an impromptu proof of concept to those employers who were weary of using the remote work model.
In 2020 the world witnessed the single largest sudden shift to remote work in history. This, combined with major advancements of media-rich technologies and the way modern remote workers use them to get work done, presents organizations with significant productivity and security challenges. Here, we examine how evolving virtualized infrastructure, operating systems, and applications now depend on accelerated performance technologies, and how IT teams are using GPU-accelerated VDI to deliver optimal performance, security, and productivity throughout the entire organization, regardless of industry, user role or application requirements. Our SWIFT VDI addresses the following:
- The modern app era and the increased demand for GPU performance
- Evolution of user performance for knowledge worker and power user profiles
- GPU acceleration’s role in today’s modern digital workforce
In a recent study, 83 percent of organizations reported that they will continue to support and develop better work from home policies. The demand for IT teams that support remote users has never been higher.
The most notable result with a vGPU VDI desktop was being able to run video that can accomplish extremely high frame-per-second (FPS) rates and video resolutions which could normally only be accomplished on a physical high-performance workstation built for power users. This is critical for location-independent work.
Seamless integration between the virtual desktop and the physical GPU beneath the virtual abstraction layer, which typically induces much latency to any similar configuration, however, the abstraction is unnoticed by both user and applications which require a performance GPUinstalled and recognized. In short, a power user should not be able to distinguish between a vGPU enabled VDI desktop and that of their typical physical setup.
GPU Acceleration Benchmark Testing
Shift-IT Solutions have conducted a series of benchmark tests in order to evaluate the performance differences between a standard VDI desktop and a GPU-enabled VDI desktop. The results conclude that GPU acceleration is a key enabler that provides a best-in-class end user experience and an in-office-like experience with rich media, graphic-intensive workloads and GPU-reliant software.
Here we detail the setup and the results of the benchmark testing:
- GPU Hardware: Nvidia physical GPU in VMWare host server
- GPU Configuration: Nvidia Grid T4
- Benchmarking tools/software version: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
- Environment: Windows 64bit Guest OS VDI• Workload information: Single Engine & Shared Engine Testing
- Key parameters: Several resolutions tested to discover FPS responses• VDI Desktop: 64bit, 8GB RAM, 4 vCPU @2.7GHz
Although vGPU VDI desktops are not architected at Shift-IT Solutions to enable gameplay, we did follow industry best practices to put the vGPU enabled desktop through the most rigorous testing possible. That included using benchmarking tools typically built to showcase the capabilities of a gaming desktop, due to the most demanding GPU resources throughout the industry, with the highest requirements for FPS response. We first tested with FULL HD resolution set at 1920×1080 using standard OpenGL rendering with quality settings on High. The impressive results included an FPS score of 63.3 and an overall Unigine Heaven benchmark of 1593. If you consider that most HD television and recording is done at 24FPS, this is an incredible feat, however highly unlikely to be utilized within a virtual desktop environment. There are corner cases where we are seeing requests for graphics and video development, and we needed to confirm the support for the most demanding users that might exist within an organization.
Next Steps with Shift IT Solutions
Shift-IT Solutions has architected our client VDI infrastructure to provide seamless office-like remote work experiences for both knowledge and power users alike, allowing you to focus on your business without the burden or cost associated to provisioning and managing remote workers with dedicated workstations.
With the recent increase in work from anywhere requirements, increasing at an unparalleled rate due to the pandemic, we are here to help make a seamless transition to support your employees and these challenging requirements.
To receive a no obligation, no cost assessment and realize howShift-IT Solutions can help your organization overcome the hurdles of remote workers and their graphic intensive requirements, please reach out today!