Citrix Xenserver recently added support for Maxwell core architecture based Tesla M60 cards with its 6.5 SP1 release for Windows OS.

Tesla M60 is the first of its kind, dual GM204 solution featuring two fully enabled GM204 GPUs and 16GB of GDDR5 released in the consumer market. The M60 is a full size, dual slot card similar to the previous generation NVIDIA GRID cards BUT powering the latest NVIDIA GRID 2.0.

This is an exciting addition for Xen Desktop / Xen Server users as NVIDIA GRID 2.0 is a hardware offering tuned to the needs of graphically demanding desktop virtualization workloads. NVIDIA GRID 2.0 fills the long felt void among end users due to non-supportability for blade servers and VMs running Linux. However, existing NVIDIA GRID cards based on Kepler architecture do not support NVIDIA GRID 2.0. Hence K1 / K2 cards would lack the features supported by Tesla M60 cards.

M60 supports up to 32 concurrent vGPU users or 16 users per GM204 GPU. XenServer 6.5 SP1 supports 128 concurrent VMs with four Tesla M60 cards on Dell PowerEdge C4130 Rack Server.

The table below compares Kepler and Maxwell cards


Benefits of using Tesla M60 cards with XenServer:

  • More VMs per server: Xen Server allows the user to push Tesla M60 card up to 128 users per server.


  • Higher resolution heads: Xen Server / Xen Desktop users will now be able to use higher resolution heads even after creating the maximum allowed number of vGPUs on Tesla M60 cards. Thus, making this card more attractive compared to NVIDIA GRID K1.
  • Support Blade ServersEnterprises can now run NVIDIA GRID enabled virtual desktops on blade servers with XenServer.
  • vGPU support for Linux VMs:Dundee, which is Citrix Xen Server’s next release, supports vGPU on HVM Linux guests RHEL 7.0, Ubuntu 14.0.4 with Tesla M60 card. Enabling GPU powered desktops in a Linux based VDI environment is an added benefit for all XenServer users.