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NVIDIA Unveils Industry's First Visual Computing Appliance

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NVIDIA today introduced the industry's first visual computing appliance -- enabling businesses to deliver ultra-fast GPU performance to any Windows, Linux or Mac client on their network.

The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.

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Could be this also used as a CUDA crunching system? I know one virus lab (AVAST Software) which is using a custom built system consisting of 4 high end NVIDIA graphic cards which they use to sort and analyze malware along with the usual racked CPU machines. This system above has 16 GPU's so that could be interesting. And since they run their own custom software, they would not need the extra 2400 dollar license fee.
 
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The price is starting at $24,900 + SW license $2,400. I doubt they will sell it by itself and if they do it will be at a premium and buy it "as is".

So expected life cycle multiply SW license $2,400 per year for the 16 GPU its $4,800 per year and you might get an idea of the "as is" price if there willing to sell it to companies like that.

 
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The press release is somewhat confusing. They state:

Its 16 NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA GRID VGX software provide NVIDIA Quadro-class graphics performance for up to 16 concurrent users.
Meaning 16 GPUs - 16 users, but in the slideshow pictures it says "8/16 Kepler GPUs - 16/32 CPU Threads". Does that mean a 16 GPU system supports 16 users or 32?

But considering that a Quadro K4000 is $1269 i don't see the VGX system being competitively priced in any configuration. You could buy 21 Quadro K4000 cards for the price of a 8 card VGX and 35 K4000 for the price of the 16 card variant.
 
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Meaning 16 GPUs - 16 users, but in the slideshow pictures it says "8/16 Kepler GPUs - 16/32 CPU Threads". Does that mean a 16 GPU system supports 16 users or 32?

But considering that a Quadro K4000 is $1269 i don't see the VGX system being competitively priced in any configuration. You could buy 21 Quadro K4000 cards for the price of a 8 card VGX and 35 K4000 for the price of the 16 card variant.
This particular solution is for up to 16 users with moderate graphic needs. They'd each get a dedicated GPU and 2-4 CPU threads.

As for price, it was reached by being comparing to other turnkey solutions. If you think in terms of per-part prices, this is not for you :)