VMware’s ESXi hypervisor is the basic building block for a suite of tools that enable the user to create a complete virtual desktop environment and manage that environment. ESXi, like all hypervisors, is an OS that allows other OSes to operate on top of it through virtual machines. GPUs, more specifically, virtualized GPUs allow the sharing of graphics resources across these self-contained virtual machines.
AMD’ server graphics products that support MxGPU are certified in VMware’s ESXi as Shared Passthru graphics devices. As part of the certification process, the host driver (vib) runs through VMware’s suite of tests designed to exercise basic and complex GPU operations. is a purpose-built bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto a physical server. Certified GPUs are listed on VMware’s hardware compatibility page. ESXi 6.0 and 6.5 are the latest hypervisor versions supported.
Horizon View is much more than a client application delivering virtual desktops to the end user. Through its Composer feature, Horizon View gives administrators the ability to create desktop pools that can be assigned to individual or a group of users. Horizon View is optimized for MxGPU through its direct access to the GPU’s resources. In turn, MxGPU technology also supports Horizon View features such as composer. Currently, MxGPU technology supports Horizon View 7.x.