Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution for Graphics Workstations

At-a-Glance
The Graphics Workstation Unleashed:
Hardware- Accelerated Graphics
Performance on Any Device
Benefits
• Powerful workstation
• Flexible
solution based on server virtualization
performance options tailored to user profile and application
• Simplified
provisioning and management with Cisco UCS® Manager
Hardware Configuration
Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server with:
• CPU:
2 x 2.50-GHz Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2680 v3 CPUs
• Memory:
• Cisco
16 x 16 GB (256 GB)
UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1227 modular LAN on motherboard (mLOM)
• 2 x 300-GB
• NVIDIA
SAS drive
GRID K1: UCSC-GPU-VGXK1
One Stop Systems ExpressBox 3600-AB for high density GPU expansion (optional)
The graphics workstation is evolving to meet the demands of a global, anytime,
anywhere workforce that’s no longer tethered to location or hardware.
The need for high-quality, three-dimensional graphics can be found in almost any business
or institution, whether it’s reviewing a CT or MRI scan with a patient in a healthcare setting,
designing products using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing
(CAM) software, or processing seismic data in oil and gas exploration. The capability
to rapidly render immersive graphics that can be readily manipulated in real time can
positively affect outcomes for businesses, researchers, and patients.
As organizations tap into increasingly global, distributed, and mobile resources and
workforces, client computing is becoming untethered from the traditional brick-andmortar environment. High-end graphics workstations, formerly accessible only within
the confines of a traditional office or studio, are being transformed into mobile-ready
environments available on any device, anywhere.
Organizations like yours can take advantage of the benefits of server virtualization
coupled with the latest graphics acceleration technologies to unleash the full potential of
the graphics workstation and the resources that use it.
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Graphics Workstation for the Mobile Age:
Built on the Cisco Desktop Virtualization
Solution
Cisco offers a high-performance solution for
delivering immersive 3D graphics for designers,
clinicians, and researchers. Built on the Cisco
Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®), Cisco®
Desktop Virtualization Solutions in combination with
the hardware-accelerated graphics capabilities of
NVIDIA GRID deliver scalable performance with an
exceptional user experience on any client device,
including laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
The Full Potential of Your Graphics
Workstation Unleashed
The Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution for
Graphics Workstations is based on the Cisco UCS
C240 M4 Rack Server (Figure 1). Part of the Cisco
UCS Family of products, the enterprise-class Cisco
UCS C240 M4 server further extends the capabilities
of the Cisco UCS portfolio in a 2-rack-unit (2RU)
form factor that benefits from the same stateless,
simplified provisioning and operations model as
Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers.
This solution, equipped with the NVIDIA GRID PCI
Express (PCIe) card, effortlessly delivers immersive
3D graphics to support mission-critical applications
in any industry.
Figure 1. Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server
NVIDIA GRID
NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 boards (Figure 2), based on
NVIDIA Kepler, are specifically designed to enable rich
graphics in virtualized environments. NVIDIA GRID
technology provides virtualized graphic processing
unit (GPU) capabilities for virtual machine–based
workstations, dedicating graphics memory to each
end user’s virtual workstation. Table 1 shows how
virtual GPU profiles can be tailored to the certification
requirements of specific use cases and applications.
Table 1. NVIDIA GRID Models and Features
NVIDIA GRID
Graphics
Board
Virtual GPU
Profile
Graphics
Memory
Max
Displays
Max
Resolution
Max
Users
Per C240
Max Users per C240
with EB3600-AB
Expansion
Use case
GRID K2
K280Q
4 GB
4
2560x1600
4
10
Designer,
Power User
K260Q
2 GB
4
2560x1600
8
20
Designer,
Power User
K240Q
1 GB
2
2560x1600
16
40
Designer,
Power User
K220Q
0.5 GB
2
2560x1600
32
80
Designer,
Power User
K180Q
4 GB
4
2560x1600
8
12
Entry
Designer
K160Q
2 GB
4
2560x1600
16
24
Entry
Designer
K140Q
1 GB
2
2560x1600
32
48
Knowledge
Worker
K120Q
0.5 GB
2
2560x1600
64
96
Knowledge
Worker
GRID K1
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Figure 2. NVIDIA GRID Board
(for example, universal user ID [UUID], MAC address,
World Wide Name [WWN], firmware, and connectivity
information) into an XML template. This template can
then be remotely associated and applied to the rack
server in a touch-free, stateless manner, dramatically
reducing the time required to put virtual desktops into
service.
The Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Server offers additional
versatility through various upgrade options available
to this platform, addressing a variety of end-user and
workload performance demands. These include:
• Cisco
UCS PCI Express (PCIe) flash storage for
nonpersistent, floating desktops
• Distributed
NVIDIA’s patented low-latency remote display
technology greatly improves the user experience
by reducing the lag that users feel when interacting
with their virtual machines. With this technology,
the virtual desktop screen is pushed directly to
the remoting protocol. NVIDIA GRID boards are
designed to provide data center–class power
efficiency. They are designed, built, and tested by
NVIDIA for operation 24 hours a day, every day, and
they are certified for use in both the Cisco UCS C240
M4 and C460 M4 Rack Servers.
Effortless Manageability, Expandability,
and Versatility
storage architectures such as VMware
Virtual SAN
• One
Stop Systems EB3600-AB integration for
deployments in which density is critical
The Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution for
Graphics Workstations provides a high-performance
means of untethering your graphics workstation
from the confines of client hardware and location.
Unleash the full potential of your graphics-intensive
applications with the Cisco solution. Check out our
solutions for both Citrix and VMware environments,
and consult your Cisco partner account manager to
learn more.
The Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution for Graphics
Workstations, built on the Cisco UCS C240 M4
Rack Server, benefits from a simplified, easy-to-use
management model. For organizations without an
existing Cisco UCS environment, the Cisco UCS C240
M4 can be managed in a standalone environment
through the Cisco Integrated Management Controller
(IMC) with a web-based GUI or Secure Shell (SSH)–
based command-line interface (CLI).
For organizations with an existing Cisco UCS
environment (such as Cisco UCS B-Series Blade
Servers or managed Cisco UCS C-Series Rack
Servers), or those desiring enhanced centralized
management, the Cisco UCS C240 M4 can be
connected directly to a Cisco UCS fabric interconnect
and managed transparently alongside existing blade
and rack servers through Cisco UCS Manager. In this
environment, the solution is provisioned using Cisco
UCS service profile templates, which abstract the
essential server configuration details
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Get Greater GPU Density from Your Cisco UCS C240 M4 with One Stop Systems
EB3600-AB
One Stop Systems designed and produced the EB3600-AB Generation 3 (Gen3) PCIe expansion enclosure to
handle the most demanding graphics needs for Cisco UCS. Segmenting the EB3600-AB allows a pair of Cisco
C240 M4 servers to use up to nine additional GPUs for exceptional GPU density.
Features include:
• Full Gen3 PCIe
• Up
to nine total double-wide GPUs
• Two
• A
x16 speed
6-slot PCIe motherboards side by side in the chassis
and B segments, each connecting to a separate Cisco UCS C240 M4 server
• Support
for NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 GPUs in either segment
System management features include:
• One
Stop Systems EB3600-AB features
-- Web-based GUI
-- Management for both segment A and segment B
-- Capability to control each segment for power down and servicing of GPUs
-- System alarm setting and management
-- Fan speed control
• Cisco
features
-- IMC monitoring of EB3600-AB fans, GPU temperature, and faults
For More Information
For additional information, see:
www.cisco.com/go/vdi
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