There was a lot of excitement in Q4 last year with the early preview of HDX 3D Pro for Linux. Now, the wait is over.

Linux Virtual Desktop 1.2 supports HDX 3D Pro for Linux!

This is a new VDA component download that works with existing XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 infrastructure.

Linux-HDX-3D-GraphicsCitrix has been the pioneer of 3D graphics virtualization since way back in 2006. We introduced HDX 3D Pro for Windows in 2009 with physical machines, then GPU pass through in 2011, and vGPU support in 2013, providing an amazing user experience on both LAN and WAN for 3D graphics workload.

All these HDX 3D Pro innovations are now available for both Windows and Linux-based 3D applications.

We can now virtually deliver Linux 3D applications to any user worldwide, which is especially important in industries like oil and natural gas, chipset design, big data analysis, automotive and aerospace, scientific modeling, animation, and so on. If you are an IT admin in any of these areas, it’s likely that most of your Linux-based 3D applications are either run on the local HPC hardware or using some non-enterprise ready virtualization solution.

HDX 3D Pro for Linux allows you to move your workload into the datacenter with the industry-leading app and desktop virtualization solution: Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.


Virtualization technology for your 3D apps enables centralization of data and resources, which leads to a number of immediate benefits.

In our current era, security is of paramount concern for any CIO. IP protection is a greater challenge for design engineering companies, as they need to collaborate with vendors and contractors in different countries. Centralization with HDX 3D Pro makes sure that your design files never leave the datacenter yet allows everyone to work on them remotely.

In the absence of virtualization, performance and user experience would be sacrificed in most CAD deployments, where the PLM and PDM (database) is centralized to protect intellectual property. Loading a large and complex CAD model from the PDM to the CAD application on the endpoint would typically take a long time. Some CAD engineers would checkout the model overnight and check in the next day. With HDX 3D Pro, the apps run next to the data, allowing faster load and response times. This makes for a great user experience and high productivity with remote access, while maintaining the required security and flexibility to work from any device, anywhere.

Most importantly, Citrix believes work is not a physical place; it’s something you do and you should be able to do it from anywhere. This is where HDX 3D Pro is the most powerful as it enables you with the flexibility to work on any device, from anywhere, and cuts the ties to that big machine at your desk for the CAD design work. Apart from the obvious cost advantages and management flexibility, it is the natural way of working for a whole new generation of talent.

Linux Virtual Desktop 1.2 is available as part of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 Enterprise and Platinum editions.

HDX 3D Pro support is available with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 on both Citrix XenServer and VMware vSphere, in GPU pass-through mode. In addition, enables NVIDIA GRID H.264 hardware encoding (which works especially well with the H.264 hardware decoding in the Citrix Receivers for Linux and Windows).

Try Linux Virtual Desktop 1.2 and let us know how it works for you! You may also express your interest by filling in a small survey for us to plan for your requirements better.


Learn more about HDX 3D Pro for Linux in my session at NVIDIA GTC on 07 April at 3:30 pm: ‘S6608 – Virtualize Linux 3D Applications with Citrix HDX 3D Pro’.

Refer this blog for more information on Citrix at NVIDIA GTC 2016.

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