NVIDIA’s GRID vGPU technology brings the full benefit of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions. Until this month, however, it was a bit cumbersome to experience and test given the complexity of setting up a VDI environment, even a non-production test and demo environment. Well, wait no more. You can now test-drive our GRID technology for 24 hours at no cost by visiting nvidia.com/trygrid and in less than five minutes be running your own hardware-accelerated VDI session hosted in the cloud. Here are a few more details on the test drive.

  • The GRID Test Drive is a technology demonstration of GPU accelerated VDI in a virtualization stack agnostic way. It showcases the ultimate user experience available today with NVIDIA GRID.
  • The technology is hosted on public cloud infrastructure and today is targeted to North American customers for best user experience. We are working on expanding globally including Europe and Asia. This addition will be available soon.
  • GPU acceleration uses GRID K2 GPUs
  • At the moment we offer a Windows Client. Soon a client version for Mac OS and Linux will be available as well. This is a limitation of the test drive environment only, there are Mac OS and Linux clients available today for customer deployment.
  • Applications available for Test Drive include AutoCAD, eDrawings, Teamcenter, MS Office, Digital Ira & Dawn, HTML 5, 3D PDF Viewer. In addition, users can install any software of their choice.
  • Each session is available for 24 hours. Users can log in multiple times and return to their personal 24h virtual desktop.
  • Additional FAQs available on the GRID Forum.

    If you are an enterprise customer trying to separate the hype of VDI from the reality, the GRID Test Drive is a great way to experience the performance yourself. If you are a Cloud service provider looking for new services to offer your customers, the GRID Test Drive is a great proof that the technology is cloud-ready.


  • About Marc Hamilton

    Marc Hamilton – Vice President, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA. At NVIDIA, the Visual Computing Company, Marc leads the worldwide Solutions Architecture and Engineering team, responsible for working with NVIDIA’s customers and partners to deliver the world’s best end to end solutions for professional visualization and design, high performance computing, and big data analytics. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked in the Hyperscale Business Unit within HP’s Enterprise Group where he led the HPC team for the Americas region. Marc spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems in HPC and other sales and marketing executive management roles. Marc also worked at TRW developing HPC applications for the US aerospace and defense industry. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, “Software Development, Building Reliable Systems”. Marc holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
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