Today, NVIDIA announced the newest member of the GRID lineup . . . . . The M10! It joins its family members, the M6 and M60.
The number of applications that require graphics acceleration is growing. Most modern browsers and Microsoft Office applications are graphics accelerated. There is also quite a bit of video content that is business related like training videos and corporate announcements, etc. Add in video conferencing and that’s a lot of graphics happening in a business virtual desktop.
This creates a need in a virtual desktop infrastructure for a GPU that can give good graphics performance but that is affordable enough to provision to the large base of knowledge workers. Previously, GPU-enabled virtual desktops may have been reserved for people using 3D design applications, etc. NVIDIA is addressing this need head-on with the M10 card.
The new M10 card should be generally available in Fall of 2016 although there may be some small numbers of sample cards in the market prior to that.
In the image below, you can check out the M10’s specs. The frame buffer per physical GPU on the card is the same as the M6 and M60 card at 8GB. The M10 has 4 physical GPUs per card while the M60 has 2 and the M6 has 1. However, the GPU core count is lower at 640 cores per physical GPU. The M60 has 2048 cores and the M6 has 1536. So the M10’s increase in physical GPUs and decrease in core count position it to support higher numbers of business users per host.
Below is a simple chart to compare the three different members of the GRID family. The chart shows the density per card. Check the GRID HCL at the link below to determine how many cards are supported in specific server models. Then you can determine the maximum number of users per host. http://www.nvidia.com/object/grid-certified-servers.html
You can see some additional comparisons in the chart below.
Check with your OEM for their pricing on the cards. The per-concurrent-user licensing is an additional cost. For an in depth look at GRID 2.0 and the new license model, please read my previous article on GRID 2.0 here: http://bit.ly/1qnHYcg. The license editions that are used for the M6 and M60 also apply to the M10.
The M10 is aimed at the two lower-end “Virtual PC” or “Virtual Apps” license editions. The graphic below shows the subscription fees for both license editions on an M10 card.
I think that the new M10 is a plus for the VDI world. Someday we may not consider whether or not to put a GPU into a virtual desktop. It’s just like we really don’t consider whether or not to put a GPU into a laptop these days. It’s just standard practice. I’m eager to see if the M10 will pave the way for that day!