Hi there, I’m Ron and as a HDX-3D Pro SME here in Germany, I’m involved in a lot of presentations, technology demos and PoCs when it comes to graphical intense applications.

It’s a long long time since my last blog, but I’d like to share some info what software/applications can be used to demonstrate HDX-3D Pro and what nice little tools are available to monitor the servers and graphics cards.

But lets start with a short introduction what HDX-3D Pro is about if you’ve not already followed Mayunk’s or Rachel’s incredible blogs.

Citrix HDX 3D Pro and XenDesktop is a great combination for high quality user experience and graphics for any application and is suitable for even the most demanding of workloads under the most extreme of conditions (outer space, high latency) on the widest range of mobile devices and clients. As such, internally we test and benchmark the behaviour of these workloads carefully with hundreds of applications. We also get a lot of requests for demos!

This is a non-exhaustive list compiled by a couple of members of the HDX team, SEs and Consultants of some of the applications we’ve experienced. These are a selection of the applications we have benchmarked or demo’d features such as software GPU, GPU sharing for XenApp, GPU pass-through and the vGPU NVIDIA GRID technologies with as well as the underlying HDX technologies such as ICA and our supercodecs.

THE BIG LIST 🙂 Demos marked with * were the submitters personal favourites, because they are easy to demonstrate or useful in general. It maybe necessary to create accounts or register to download various of the tools and demos collected here. 3D Model Download / Free CAD Models ( free registration/ login required)

  1. http://grabcad.com/  *
  2. http://tf3dm.com/  *
  3. http://www.3dmodelfree.com/ *
  4. http://www.osirix-viewer.com/datasets/ –> free Medical DICOM datasets
  5. http://www.hdri-hub.com/free-samples   –>  free HDRI Environments
  6. http://www.hdrmill.com/Freebies.htm     –>  additional free HDRI Environments

GPU Tools

  1. GPU-Z http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/ *
  2. GPU Caps Viewer http://www.ozone3d.net/gpucapsviewer
  3. GPU Shark http://www.ozone3d.net/gpushark/
  4. Nvidia Inspector http://download.orbmu2k.de/download.php?id=51
  5. HWInfo32 http://www.guru3d.com/filesdetails/hwinfo32download.html
  6. TessMark for tesselation tests http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/tessmark/
  7. FluidMark for PhysX tests http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/physx-fluidmark/
  8. FurMark OpenGL 2.0 Test http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/
  9. GPU Observer Gadget http://download.orbmu2k.de/download.php?id=49
  10. GLView (OpenGL Extension Viewer) http://www.realtech-vr.com/glview/download.php *
  11. GLCapsViewer http://www.saschawillems.de/?page_id=771
  12. GPUperf http://virtexperience.com/2014/05/12/gpuperf-realtime-gpu-and-hdx-info/
CPU &  Environment Monitoring / Tools
  1. Watch your CPU load with CPU-Z
  2. Lost of XenServer Monitoring Tools XenServer Monitoring blog post
  3. Microsoft DirectX Diagnostics DirectX Diagnostic Tool (DXDiag)
  4. Sysinternals ProcExp http://live.sysinternals.com/procexp.exe (Monitors CPU, GPU, IOPS, Threads, ContextSwitches…)
  5. Nvidia-SMI (comes with Nvidia Grid Manager, will be installed in Dom0 automatically and can be launchen from XenServer Console or via PuttY)

NVIDIA official demos

  1. Nvidia Digital IRA – Faceworks http://www.nvidia.de/coolstuff/demos#!/lifelike-human-face-rendering *
  2. Design Garage http://www.nvidia.de/coolstuff/demos#!/design-garage ( Passthrough only , uses CUDA for Raytracing)
  3. A new Dawn http://www.nvidia.de/coolstuff/demos#!/a-new-dawn
  4. SuperSonic Sled http://www.nvidia.com/coolstuff#/demos/2117
  5. Nvidia Water http://www.geforce.com/games-applications/pc-applications/fermi-water-demo *
  6. Nvidia Hair http://www.geforce.com/games-applications/pc-applications/fermi-hair-demo ( nice and Simple, physical simulation)) *

CUDA / PhysX Demos and more

  1. PhysX Demos http://physxinfo.com/news/ (Fluid Sandbox etc)
  2. Nvidia GameWorks Samples (SDK)  https://developer.nvidia.com/gameworks-opengl-samples (OpenGL)
  3. Nvidia GameWorks Samples (SDK)  https://developer.nvidia.com/gameworks-directx-samples (DirectX)

Benchmarking tools

  1. SPECViewperf http://www.spec.org/gwpg/downloadindex.html#gpc *
  2. Amber GPU Benchmark ( CUDA ) http://ambermd.org/gpus/benchmarks.htm#Benchmarks
  3. Unigine Valley http://unigine.com/products/valley/
  4. Unigine Heaven http://unigine.com/products/heaven/ *
  5. Unigine tropics http://unigine.com/products/tropics/
  6. Unigine Sanctuary http://unigine.com/products/sanctuary/
  7. 3DMark 11 http://www.3dmark.com/de/3dmark11
  8. Cinebench http://www.maxon.net/de/products/cinebench.html
  9. FurryBall GPU Benchmark http://furryball.aaa-studio.eu/products/benchmarks.html
  10. Mars Game ( Unreal Engine 3) PhysX benchmark http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/mars-gpu-physx-benchmark.html
  11. Login VSI & Login VSI Graphics Framework http://www.loginvsi.com/documentation/Login_VSI_Graphics_Framework (changed 03/25/2015)
  12. Windows Experience Index http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/products/features/windows-experience-index

Browser based demos using hardware acceleration ( very nice and simple because you don’t have to install anything except a supported browser)

  1. FishBowl http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/FishBowl/Default.html
  2. Particle Acceleration http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/ParticleAcceleration/
  3. Aquarium http://webglsamples.googlecode.com/hg/aquarium/aquarium.html
  4. 360° Car Visualizer http://carvisualizer.plus360degrees.com/threejs/ *
  5. Zygote Body http://www.zygotebody.com/ *
  6. Aquarium http://webglsamples.googlecode.com/hg/aquarium/aquarium.html
  7. multiple/various Browser based demos http://alteredqualia.com/ *
  8. ThreeJS demo repository http://threejs.org/ *
  9. Khronos Group (maintainer of OpenGL/WebGL) demo repository http://www.khronos.org/webgl/wiki/Demo_Repository
  10. Simple Webbased 3D modeling tool http://www.3dtin.com/#
  11. additional WebGL Demos http://www.chromeexperiments.com/webgl
  12. Lego & Google Maps https://www.buildwithchrome.com
  13. WebGL Water Demo http://madebyevan.com/webgl-water/ (added 03/25/2015)
  14. Lego Digital Designer http://ldd.lego.com/en-gb/ (added 03/25/2015)
  15. ArcGIS Webscene –>ArcGIS WebScene Desert City (added 03/25/2015)


  1. Blender (Open Source) http://www.blender.org/
  2. Autodesk Products ( most are free for 30 days) http://www.autodesk.de/products
  3. Free .OBJ Viewer http://sourceforge.net/projects/objmodelviewer/
  4. Lynx 3D Viewer Lite http://www.ozone3d.net/lynx_3d_viewer_lite.php
  5. JT Viewer http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/de_de/products/teamcenter/lifecycle-visualization/jt2go/download.shtml * ( nice for Siemens NX Style GUI Demos)
  6. Real Time HDR Image based Lighting Demo http://www.daionet.gr.jp/~masa/archives/rthdribl20.zip
  7. Redway3D Watch & Turbine Demo http://www.redway3d.com/pages/redsdkDownloads.php *
  8. Ensight Free http://www.ceisoftware.com/ensight-free/
  9. VariCAD free http://www.varicad.de/de/home/produkte/download/ *
  10. FreeCAD http://www.freecadweb.org/
  11. Wings3D http://www.wings3d.com
  12. TinkerCAD https://www.tinkercad.com/
  13. OpenSCAD http://www.openscad.org/
  14. BRL CAD http://brlcad.org/
  15. K-3D http://www.k-3d.org/node/2
  16. GLCPlayer http://www.glc-player.net/download.php
  17. Metasequoia http://metaseq.net/en/
  18. PTC Creo Elements Express http://de.ptc.com/products/creo-elements-direct/modeling-express/ *
  19. Art of Illusion http://www.artofillusion.org/index
  20. Anim8or http://www.anim8or.com/
  21. 3D Crafter http://www.amabilis.com/products.htm
  22. SketchUp http://www.sketchup.com/
  23. Free Medical Imaging Slicer3D http://www.slicer.org/ * ( with build in Sample download)
  24. VRRender http://www.ircad.fr/softwares/vr-render/Software.php *
  25. VolView http://www.kitware.com/opensource/volview.html
  26. eDrawings Viewer http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/
  27. ePlan http://www.eplan.de/de/support/download/
  28. Lumion Free http://lumion3d.com/free/  (very cool but unfortunately oversensitive mouse input issues,)
  29. MoveViewer (GIS ) http://www.mve.com/software/moveviewer
  30. OpendTect (seismic interpretation software) http://opendtect.org/index.php/products (added 03/25/2015)

Last but not least a great Source for all graphics related tools and stuff –> Guru3D.com All third-party tools are not officially endorsed by Citrix and should be used at the user’s discretion. More info HDX and XenDesktop and XenApp offer a range of technologies offering rich graphics support for Apps or Desktops, including many options for GPU acceleration on a variety of platforms including physical servers, Hypervisors including Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMWare vSphere, as well as platforms such as AWS and CloudPlatform. For those looking to benchmark graphical applications there is some advice on our other blogs about factors to consider and tools you can use:

Please do comment on the blog with other applications we could add to this list and if you have used any of the applications listed it would be great to hear your experiences ! You should now have some info on all kind of diffenrent demo apps, like medical imaging,  automotive,  construction ,  Game Development / Content Creation & Animation and CUDA/Raytracing or RealTime Visualization etc Here are some sample pictures what you can expect…

Hope you find some of the apps and tools interesting. Have fun experimenting with them and please feel free to give feedback in the comments section. Ron.