Dell is claiming a first with the introduction of a rack-mounted workstation that can support up to four concurrent graphics professionals running demanding virtual workloads.
The Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation was actually launched last year, but has now become the first system certified by Citrix to run in a multi-GPU pass-through configuration with four GPU adapters, Citrix XenServer and the firm's HDX 3D Pro remote screen technology.
This new usage model is designed for customers running 3D workloads in industries such as engineering, medical, scientific, software development and the finance market, who are looking to support additional users on a single workstation, according to Dell.
Multi-GPU pass-through was designed by Citrix for its XenDesktop virtual desktop platform specifically to share a host workstation across multiple users.
As demanding graphics applications such as CAD/CAM often do most of their processing on the GPU, there is typically ample CPU power to go around on a multi-core system, so long as each user has their own GPU, Citrix said.
The Precision R5500 is a dual-socket Xeon system supporting up to 192GB memory and up to six hard drives, while the four GPUs are Nvidia Quadro 2000 adapters.
Pricing for the R5500 starts at £1,899 in the UK.
Meanwhile, end users can connect remotely using HDX 3D Pro from a variety of devices including thin clients, laptops, desktops or other mobile devices equipped with the Citrix Receiver software.
"This industry first four-GPU XenServer certification delivers increased productivity and flexibility to our customers and it adds to the list of innovations we've introduced to the workstation industry," said Dell's executive director of Precision workstations Efrain Rovira.
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