Graphics applications are used differently by users within the same organization; some require dedicated GPU processing for complex rendering activity, while others need to ‘borrow’ GPU for occasional work on digital graphics. HDX 3D Pro supports all kinds of requirements using AMD FirePro, to meet the different performance and budget needs. It is delivered using virtual desktops and applications, powered by Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.
Shared virtual GPU
Organizations whose users do not required full virtual desktops (i.e. OS delivered from the cloud), may benefit from virtual application delivery to accomplish their goals. Using the Radeon Pro drivers with Citrix HDX 3D Pro, IT can deploy only the applications to users without installing them on the client device. The client device does not even need a GPU, since rendering is done on the server which contains AMD FirePro S-series card. Different users securely share the same GPU for different graphic intensive applications. HDX ensures local-like performance for each end user, who interacts with their own graphics models in a separate virtual environment.
Depending on the performance needs, IT may deliver the applications directly to the end point, or within a virtual desktop. In both cases, Citrix uses MxGPU for graphics acceleration.
Dedicated virtual GPU
Power users spend most of their day manipulating larger models and data sets and need more memory and graphics performance for optimal application workflows based on software such as CATIA, Creo, 3ds Max, Maya, Siemens NX and more. Such users require the graphics power of a dedicated GPU for themselves, not shared with anyone. Using Citrix, each GPU on a single AMD FirePro S-series card is virtualized for a dedicated user. Multiple users share the GPU, each in a secure, isolated environment.
Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop
HDX 3D Pro technology is part of the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop product suite. Beginning with 7.13 release, HDX 3D Pro and AMD MxGPUs will support shared virtual GPU on VMware vSphere hypervisor.
Dedicated virtual GPU is supported with XenApp and XenDesktop since release 7.11 on both Citrix XenServer 6.5 and VMware vSphere.