Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday August 29, 2016

NVIDIA and VMware Virtualize VR at VMworld 2016

Delivering VR is a complex challenge since immersive VR requires seven times the graphics processing power compared to traditional 3D applications and games. Delivering VR virtually آ— streaming it from a data center to any device آ— is an even bigger challenge. NVIDIA and VMware are working to make it a reality. At VMworld 2016 we’ll show, for the first time, photo-realistic, immersive VR in a VMware virtual environment. See it for yourself at the VMvillage by taking a spin through the following technologies:

  • Iray VR آ— Iray physically based rendering produces dynamic panoramas and fully immersive light fields with stunningly realistic virtual environments. Strap on a headset and explore photorealistic virtual environments in VR.

  • Point Cloud آ— Check out time-lapse rendering created with point cloud showing the building of NVIDIA’s spectacular new building in Silicon Valley.

  • VRED VR آ— Participate in a collaborative VR design review of a Formula 1 race car created with Autodesk VRED 3D visualization software.

  • Virtualizing VR: How It Works

The server powering these demos has four high-end NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and VMware ESXi running on top. This set-up allows us to run four simultaneous virtual machines with VR content. Using NVIDIA GRID, we’re passing through an entire GPU and delivering a native NVIDIA driver to each VM. This provides amazing performance to multiple VR instances running on the same server.