Working the NVIDIA booth as their Adobe Software demo artist, I took a few laps around the floor during my lunch break and early each morning before the show started. The most exciting development in Computer Graphics that I found was right under my mouse. My demo station was showing off NVIDIA’s Cloud Computing concept they call NVIDIA VGX.
A virtual desktop from a virtual machine is not something one anticipates as having robust near real time performance. Especially when you’re tasked to demo Adobe’s video editing applications running from the Cloud. Well I am happy to report that it not only worked seamlessly for the three days that I put it through it’s paces — conceptually it is sound and wide open to many market arena’s it wasn’t even designed for.
I’m not planning on hosting any virtual rendering as a service web sites or game zones that can’t reach 60 fps, however, I do see many advantages in having a thin client (in this demo a MacBook Air) floating Windows 7 and crushing processes of Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe SpeedGrade all sourced with HD format footage and images at the same time without crashing within the 25 hours of allotted run time.
- Dell Precision R5500 Rack Workstation
- (2) Quadro K5000s
- Citrux Virtualization software
- NVIDIA GTX Hypervisor
- Dual XEON processors (12 cores)
- 24 Gbs of RAM the R5500 supports up to 192 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1066Mhz
Suffice it to say, it works. And it was a blast making it work.