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Achieving High-Performance 3D Graphics with Horizon 6

Are you considering virtualizing your 3D desktop workloads? Are you wondering if your 3D applications will perform on a virtual desktop?

The new VMware Horizon 6 3D Engineering Workloads Reference Architecture looks at some of the more intensive 3D applications and how they perform on a virtual desktop. It explores the technology choices available to customers and how best to optimize View virtual desktops in Horizon 6 in combination with VMware vSphere for high-performance 3D.

VMware vSphere 5.1 introduced GPU virtualization and the ability to run 3D workloads on a virtual desktop. Now, the combination of VMware vSphere 6.0, NVIDIA GRID graphics cards, and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 enables access to the most advanced graphics applications, even from remote devices such as laptops and tablets.


One of the critical aspects of this solution is VMware vSphere 6.0 support for NVIDIA GRID vGPU, which allows true GPU sharing with maximum performance and graphics API support. Scientists, engineers, and designers can now perform the most complex operations and display the most immersive 3D graphics from virtually anywhere.


This new reference architecture explains four approaches to graphics acceleration, three of them hardware-based, and all matched to use cases, with lab-tested benchmarks, sizing, and configuration information.


VMware Horizon 6 3D Engineering Workloads Reference Architecture is a “must-read” for anyone considering or implementing a virtual desktop solution where there is a substantial need for graphics acceleration.

By Matt Coppinger, director of technical marketing and enablement for VMware End-User-Computing, and Gary Sloane, consulting writer and editor for VMware

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