Hardware-based, virtualised GPU gives multi-users access - from AMD

September 01, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Delivering, AMD asserts, consistent, predictable and secure performance for virtualised workstations, AMD’s Multiuser GPU is the first hardware-based GPU virtualisation solution, that enables multiple users carry8ing out GPU-accelerated workflows such as GPU compute and OpenCL, equal access to hardware resources.

With the AMD Multiuser GPU, IT pros can configure these solutions to allow up to 15 users on a single AMD GPU. The company says that 6-10 users can be supported when running typical “Power User Use Cases” - for example, CAD/CAE/CAM workflows.

“The AMD graphics cards are uniquely equipped with AMD Multiuser GPU technology embedded into the GPU delivering consistent and predictable performance,” said Sean Burke, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, Professional Graphics. “When these AMD GPUs are appropriately configured to the needs of an organisation, end users get the same access to the GPU no matter their workload. Each user is provided with the virtualised performance to design, create and execute their workflows without any one user tying up the entire GPU.”

Built around industry standard SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualisation) technology, the AMD Multiuser GPU continues AMD's adoption of non-proprietary open standards. SR-IOV is a specification developed by the PCI SIG, and provides a standardised way for devices to expose hardware virtualisation. The AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to preserve and support graphics- and compute-accelerated features for design and manufacturing or media and entertainment applications. The AMD Multiuser GPU addresses limitations of current virtualised GPU solutions that may not provide predictable performance for CAD/CAE, Media and Entertainment, and general enterprise GPU needs.

Created for GPU-accelerated workflows such as GPU compute and OpenCL, the AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to overcome the limitations of software-based virtualisation, such as reduced end-user performance. Users have access to native AMD display drivers for OpenGL, DirectX and OpenCL acceleration, enabling work without restrictions.

Features include:
- Compute capabilities based on OpenCL supported by industry leading GPU virtualisation,
- Full feature set support including DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4,
- OpenCL 2.0 acceleration support,
- Stable, predictable performance,
- User-owned share of local memory providing additional security,
- 15 maximum users per physical GPU.

AMD; http://www.amd.com/en-us/solutions/professional/virtualization