GPUs bring gaming platform to the cloud23 May 2012 | Ian Sherr, Shara Tibken
Nvidia said it developed a new functionality called VGX. The product will allow the company's chips to work with Citrix Systems Inc.'s virtualization software in order to allow computers, tablets and servers to share Nvidia's graphics technology. Nvidia hopes the partnership will accelerate the use of virtual desktops, reducing latency and improving the performance.
By combining technology from Nvidia's chips with Citrix's virtualization technology, Nvidia said, advanced programs can be run on any manner of devices, including Apple Inc.'s iPad. By using a technology called virtual machines, which allow multiple desktops and applications to run together on a single computer, Nvidia said multiple people would be able to use its technology at a time.
The technology will allow users to access—via mobile devices or other gadgets—programs that require the stronger computing capabilities found on their PCs, such as videogames. For that, Nvidia said it created a technology called "GRID" that will be able to power games run through servers and streamed to computers and devices over the Internet at rapid speeds. An image created in a server and sent to a computer can now reach the screen in the same amount of time as a game console, such as Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360.
Nvidia has also rolled new chips, with technology codenamed "Kepler," for its Tesla line of server chips. The company said those products make it easier for companies to integrate graphics technology into high-performance computers. Such machines perform tasks like weather forecasting and weapons research, and they're increasingly starting to use graphics processors in their systems, noted the company.
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