OpenBoundaries is a UK based consultancy, founded by real CAD engineers looking to exploit cost-effective remote delivery of CAD, CAE and AEC applications. They have been running a number of trials of Citrix and NVIDIA GRID GPU technologies over the last year and are soon to be opening a new proof of concept and are looking for real CAD engineers and developers to try it and give feedback. I myself had a go in one of their earlier trials, you can read about my experiences, here (and more on the technologies, hardware they use, latency effects etc…).

I’m expecting this trial to be heavily over-subscribed, in particular the Open Boundaries guys are looking for modelling developers working on CAD software and also end users to really trial out genuine workflows. People who can do some modelling, apply a blend/fillet, extrude or layout parameter constraints – not just viewing parts. These trials will give the participants a real insight into how these remote delivery systems are sized, benchmarked and optimised and is a great chance to try our Citrix-NVIDIA GPU technologies including HDX 3D Pro at zero cost!

If you’d like to take part please email OpenBoundaries at: or catch them on twitter at:

Past trials have involved applications such as Autodesk Inventor and Revit but it’s expected to widen the range of applications and the guys are also looking to hear from software vendors who’d like to trial virtualising their applications.

OpenBoundaries have a lot of videos from past beta participants on YouTube, so you can check out what you are signing up to, here.

Other Info

If you are interested in this type of deployment there also great videos from the NVIDIA GTC14 conference, just released, including:

S4726 – Intro to Virtualization 101
Luke Wignall, Senior Solution Architect, NVIDIA
Jared Cowart, Senior Solution Architect, NVIDIA

S4783 – Virtual is Better than Physical – Delivering a Delightful User Experience from a Virtual Desktop
Kenneth Fingerlos, Solutions Architect, Lewan Technology

S4903 – The State of the Industry: How GPU Technologies Are Set to Empower the VDI Experience
Gunnar Berger, Research Director, Gartner

S4725 – Delivering High-Performance Remote Graphics with NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU
Andy Currid, System Architect, Distinguished Engineer, NVIDIA

S4637 – Simulation On Demand: Using GRID as a Platform to Develop Simulation-Based Training
with a Distributed Team

Joshua Lewis, Chief Technology Officer, Check-6 Training Systems

S4686 – NVIDIA GRID for VDI: How To Design And Monitor Your Implementation
Florian Becker, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliances, Lakeside Software Inc.
Ben Murphy, Senior Applications Engineer and Product Manager, Lakeside Software Inc.

S4849 – Citrix 3D Engineering Cloud: A Practical Approach
Bret Bailey, IT Specialist – Industrial Sector – Electronics Industry, IBM

S4118 – Smackdown GPU Optimized VDI Solutions: 2014 Edition
Ruben Spruijt, CTO, PQR

S4251 – Reality Check: GRID-Accelerated High-End Graphics Performance in Virtual Desktops
Bernhard Tritsch, CTO, Bluecue Consulting
Shawn Bass, Senior Consultant, Syn-Net

S4715 – ArcGIS Pro – 3D GIS in Virtualized Environments
John Meza, Performance Engineering Team Lead, SW Development, ESRI

S4948 – If You Build It, Will They Come? Better Question Is, Will They Stay?
Dane Young, Solutions Architect, Entisys Solutions

S4666 – Next Technology Steps for Applied Materials Global Engineering Collaboration Using CAD in the Cloud
Oran Davis, Managing Director, Engineering Tools at Applied Materials, Applied Materials

S4735 – Remote Graphics VDI for the Digital Factory at Gulfstream
Jeff Retey, Corporate PLM Systems, Gulfstream

S4949 – LoginVSI: New Graphics Workloads For Industry standard Performance & Scalability Testing
Ian Williams, Director Applied Engineering, NVIDIA
Eric-Jan van Leeuwen, CEO Login VSI

S4581 – Customer Experiences with GPU Virtualization and 3D Remoting
Derek Thorslund, Director of Product Management, Citrix

S4782 – Anatomy of an Aerospace VDI Project: Discover, Plan and Implement
a Large Scale VDI 3D GPU Project

Steve Greenberg, Principal Consultant, Thin Client Computing

4850 – Explore Dell Wyse Datacenter’s Graphics Options for Virtual Desktop Computing
Gary Radburn, Head of Workstation Virtualization, Dell, Inc.