HPE Reference Architecture for virtual workstations on HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers

Modern industrial design requires high end computer aided design (CAD) software. CAD software is a resource intensive 3D application that requires graphics processing units (GPUs). At first glance, you instantly think of a dedicated workstation explicitly created for this purpose, but business, regulatory, and security requirements, as well as cost factors, can make the choice of a physical workstation not only unappealing, but untenable.

To meet enterprise requirements for performance and manageability, this Reference Architecture demonstrates the following benefits:

  • A graphics enabled environment built on HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers, equipped with the new riser to support up to seven single-wide GPUs or two double-wide GPUs.
  • Test results that can be used to help tailor the environment to meet the demands of high-performance virtual workstations.

The purpose of this Reference Architecture is to aid IT departments in understanding the requirements and infrastructure for a virtualized workstation solution capable of running high performance workloads on an HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) software. This document also details the variety of experiences had, when shared resources are carved into smaller segments, while also helping to create a more secure environment for your intellectual property.

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