How does such a small Teradici card offer high resolution, full FPS 3D graphics (1:38) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXA4QMmfY5Y&feature=player_detailpage#t=97s

for ESXi 5.0/5.1 VDI environments? We're shooting for an AutoCAD/SolidWorks/YouTube 1080p capable environment. I can't see how such a small and low profile card could possibly have the horsepower to handle such GPU computations for a big environment like that. We're going to have up to 64 VDIs per server, and are a 500-1000 employee count sized company. Someone enlighten me please!

Determining which route to go (between RemoteFX and VMware View/PCoIP) and the hardware (NVIDIA 4GB non-Quadro/Tesla GPUs vs Teradici card). Servers have three 4x, three 8x, and one 16x PCI-E lane. Two of the 8x lanes will be occupied by SAS RAID cards.

EDIT: I'm not quite sure where I am going wrong. I myself do not fully understand how the Teradici PCI-E card works, but do have some understanding (just not enough to really know what it does). One of the contributions does help to clear up some of the fog for what the card actually does (acts as a video encoder to send over TCP/IP, along with input data such as mouse movements, keyboard entry, etc). My supervisor had attended a day-long VMware conference in St. Louis, MO, and one of the things that he was introduced to was Teradici's work in PCoIP.

I think both my supervisor and I have some fog in our minds about what Teradici's card actually does (or did) -- where I got stuck was on for the life of myself trying to figure out what the card actually does because Teradici isn't being clear and straight-technical (i.e. "simply transcodes bitmaps into video to send over TCP/IP") with a lot of Sales/Marketing-style presentation (not that Teradici's card and PCoIP is bad or anything). I wasn't sure whether this card is meant to be a standalone (no GPUs necessary), or should be combined with GPUs (for our applications), or not bother with Teradici at all, etcetera.

Originally we have been planning to put in about two NVIDIA GeForce 670/680 4GB cards in SLI per server -- purchasing roughly a couple dozen cards total to be shipped to Rackspace DCs around the world. According to Microsoft, 2GB of VRAM will support 16 VDIs when things are computationally more intensive (GPU-wise ofc); this is in regards to RemoteFX best or recommended practice. For those that do not know, "RemoteFX" is the nextgen title to what you might know as Remote Deskop Protocol (RDP), just as Remote Desktop Services is to Terminal Services. We're looking to support at least 64 VDIs per server (these are big berthas equipped with lots of RAM, dual hexacore Xeons, etc); the entire server infrastructure setup is going to be ESXi/vSphere-powered.

The first initial reason for getting GPUs, as you may gather at this point, is to have sufficient VRAM to support VDIs.

The second reason is because we are considering and desiring to move as many users away from desktop/tower PCs (including AutoCAD/SolidWorks/3DSM/Adobe Creative Suite users) to VDIs in the cloud, and utilizing ThinClients and ZeroClients more. Since these applications greatly benefit having a GPU, employing the right hardware and right solutions helps all.

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    Magic? Call the company and ask them? What exactly are you expecting to see for an answer here? – Zoredache Oct 6 '12 at 0:43
  • Trying to figure out what a Teradici card actually does. – BlueToast Oct 6 '12 at 6:38

That's some odd hooodoo, but it makes sense now.

What this is targeted at is not getting N CAD designers on a single ESX host for desktop consolidation. All the reasons you mention mean that isn't going to happen (GPU contention!).

What this is aimed at is CAD station mobility.

The actual technology that brings the full GPU driven experience to a remote station is actually fairly straight forward. There will be some latency due to the network hop, there will definitely be some framerate lag, but you'll still get the full performance you'd expect of a local GPU instance. PCoIP is encapsulating the video stream, as well as peripherals, over Ethernet, much like more mundane protocols like RDP do. All the winkydink device has to do is transcode the compressed video stream into a displayable bitmap, it isn't doing the big crunching the actual GPU is doing, so doesn't have to be a 500-watt monster.

  • sysadmin1138, I appreciate your contribution x1000. I hope that there will be other contributors who understand what I'm talking about. I apologize in advance for my lack of clarity. I wish I could give you more than 1 upvote. – BlueToast Oct 6 '12 at 3:56

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