I am pleased to showcase our XenServer support for Dell R7610 with NVIDIA GRID K2A – which is the first of its kind in our XenServer Hardware Compatibility Listing. The past few weeks has been really exciting in the GPU technology front with NVIDIA hosting the GTC 2014 event which showcased thousands of our customers some of the currently very best industry based solutions that are available and Dell R7610 workstation solutions has been one of the major attraction holder.
To introduce what “A” in K2A or K1A really means, we have an excellent blog for your detailed reference. In short, the A stands for “Active” thermal solution available now with GRID K2 on Dell R7610 in contrast to the existing passive cooled solutions. Active cooling is done with use of fans. Such requirement depends on what the users’ use-cases are for a server. It is extremely well sought out workstation solution for CAD Junkies and 3D Graphic Designers increasing the longevity of the GPU cards thus reducing expensive server hardware replacements. You could be able to catch some of the pulse of how exciting this has been within the community if you refer to some of the comments I received in this blog.
The Dell R7610 comes with three NVIDIA GRID K2 multi cards which are the high end variant of the Kepler series of NVIDIA’s. It has 8-core Sandy Bridge EP CPUs and can go all the way up to 225W per CPU while a lot of rack workstations max out at 135W meaning it can take exactly the same processors as its high-end desktop workstations. It also includes Dell’s patented features like the Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) that is supposed to eliminate virtually all memory errors. For its full blown details on using them with our very successful Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro solution, you would want to refer to available Dell Reference Architectures and this blog. The Dell-NVIDIA-Citrix combo manages to give users the experience like a dedicated workstation being under their desk.
In case you are new to Citrix XenDesktop, It is known to long been offering market hypervisor-agnostic VDI platform available on hypervisors like Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and vmWare vSphere. XenDesktop 3D Pro solution could be adapted for different workflows and can access high-performance, OpenGL-accelerated 3D CAD/CAM/CAE and PDM applications on demand, on any device including thin clients, tablets, and smartphones.
For Vendors looking to certify their products with Citrix XenDesktop or GPU certification on XenServer can reach out to Citrix Ready and download the self-verification-kits available here. You can even raise your certification concerns directly to XenServer technical team if you sign up here.