More Lenovo Servers Support NVIDIA GPUs Including the M60

Lenovo have recently qualified and announced support for more NVIDIA GPUs for several servers including the x3650 M5 (E5-2600 v4), details can be found on Lenovo’s site, here:

Also recently listed is the x3500 M5:

This means Lenovo have worked with NVIDIA to test and certify that both parties hardware, firmware and software is fully-compatible, thermally and electrically stable.

Lenovo and vGPU/GPU-passthrough

Lenovo’s “redbook” site with server specifications and support also carries a wealth of information about Lenovo’s investment and joint development to support GPU technologies and virtualization including NVIDIA GRID vGPU. In particular their reference architecture designs including considerations for GPU usage are excellent and available for both VMware and Citrix infrastructures. You can read them here:

I’ve found the best place to start a search on Lenovo’s site is here: https://lenovopress.com/redpxref-system-x-reference and here:

 

Hypervisor Support

The GRID M60 card is now supported on more bare-metal/physical servers. Customers looking to use the M60 card with GRID vGPU in conjunction with a hypervisor such as Citrix XenServer or VMware ESXi should verify that the server OEM has also certified with the hypervisor by checking the VMware/Citrix HCL (Hardware compatibility list), details of how to do this can be found in these NVIDIA Support articles:

New Cisco Validated Design featuring UCS B200 M4 with NVIDIA GRID M6 vGPU – available now!

It’s great to see a new validated design released by Cisco in recent weeks. Particularly as this features the NVIDIA GRID M6 options for blade servers to enable virtualized GPU-accelerations (vGPU). This reference architecture joins other available for UCS but in particular features a reference blueprint for Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.7 and VMware vSphere 6.0 for 5000 Seats. Key features include

  • Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.7.
  • Built on Cisco UCS (including Cisco B200 M4 Blade Server) and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series
  • with NetApp AFF 8080EX
  • VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 Update 1 Hypervisor Platform

Cisco have done a great job providing a comprehensive guide and reference for a full VDI/XenApp deployment that includes networking, storage and graphics acceleration considerations.

 

Cisco-NVIDIA Relationship

There are plenty of case studies, whitepapers and webinar recording covering Cisco long-investment in NVIDIA GRID and vGPU too:

GPU Sizer – Community tool seeks Beta Testers

A few lucky folks at E2EVC, a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas, got a sneak preview of a couple of new community tools for analyzing application usage of NVIDIA GPUS. I have already blogged about Jeremy Main’s GPU Profiler (read about it – here).

newtoolse2evc

The other tool is one from community GPU and virtualisation expert Magnar Johnsen from Norway, who is well-known in the Virtualisation communities for his GPU-enabled deployments and tools. Magnar was in fact one of the community users who we invited to NVIDIA to speak to our engineers and product managers about the future direction of our products and user needs.

Magnar has released this tantalizing screen shot of his new tool and is actively inviting beta testers and GPU users to try it out and input into its development. You can sign up for the beta program here: http://virtualexperience.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=efedd1e2c3378132102c90273&id=3875dd956b

gpusizer

One particularly interesting feature is the tools ability to monitor if applications are using APIs to use the GPU for DirectX (DX9, DX10, DX11) and OpenGL, OpenCl, CUDA etc.

Magnar Johnsen is a EUC solution specialist, blogger, speaker, and community tool developer with +15 years experience in End User Computing. Magnar works as a consultant in Bergen in Norway. He has worked with Citrix, Microsoft and VMware products since 1999 and with NVIDIA products since 2012. Magnar has a passion for technology, computer visualization and virtual reality. He has basic experience with 3D modeling, graphic manipulation and video effects which helps him better design and implement 3D and graphical applications in a virtual environmet. He has assessed, designed, implemented and supported many virtual graphics solutions based on NVIDIA techology for small to large companies in Oil and Gas industry in Norway. Magnar shares his knowledge, tools and experience on his blog http://www.virtualexperience.no and speaks at several industry conferences like Citrix Synergy, Briforum and Citrix User Group. You can follow Magnar for updates on his blog and GPU Sizer on twitter @MagnarJohnsen.

GPU Profiler – NVIDIA Community Tool

gpuprofilerJust a quick blog to highlight a new community tool written as a hobby project by one of our GRID Solution Architects, Jeremy Main.  As a community tool this isn’t supported by NVIDIA and is provided as is. The advantages of releasing this in this way is that Jeremy has provided the tool on github where partners, customers and the community can access it, discuss enhancements and report bugs. Continue reading GPU Profiler – NVIDIA Community Tool