Gartner Research

Compelling Use Cases for GPU-Enabled Hosted Virtual Desktops

Published: 22 July 2014

ID: G00248856

Analyst(s): Sergis Mushell, Nathan Hill , Mark Margevicius


GPU-enabled HVD technology continues to develop promising, high-value use cases for IT leaders who deliver CAD and multimedia-intensive solutions. Mainstream adoption is hampered by fragmented shared-architecture options, which must consolidate and mature to drive buyer confidence.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • HVD solutions using direct (pass-through) GPU present IT leaders with a viable CAD/CAM workstation replacement and are a good starting point in deploying GPU-powered virtual desktops
  • IT leaders' adoption of GPU shared models will be limited until standards emerge that deliver the right performance levels and support necessary graphics APIs
    • Session Shared GPU
    • Hypervisor Shared GPU
    • Emulated/Pass-Through Shared GPU
  • Low user density and high infrastructure costs make GPU-accelerated desktops too expensive for IT leaders to justify for most mainstream use cases in the short to medium term

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