A real boost for Virtualizing 3D CAD Apps with Citrix

Citrix say’s that new customer deployments of the market-leading Citrix XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro to deliver high-end 3D apps to designers, engineers and workers all along the product design chain. Citrix global customers, Knightec AB and Wiha Werkzeuge GmBH are using XenDesktop to securely, centrally-deliver CAD applications to dispersed design teams, with the stunning visual performance required for this type of intensive design and engineering work. Since the introduction of HDX 3D Pro graphics app acceleration technologies, Citrix has seen rapid customer adoption led by organizations across North America, Europe and Japan in heavy manufacturing, global engineering and energy sectors who have deployed XenDesktop to host and securely-deliver design and engineering applications from the datacenter.

In today’s global business environment, design and manufacturing organizations require the ability to collaborate and manage design lifecycles effectively with offshore, mobile and remote employees across the globe. At the same time, they have to maintain tight security and control over valuable intellectual property as the workforce becomes more mobile and distributed. XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro is the only solution that can support high-end designers, engineers and broad range of employees working with 3D data, while delivering real-time, remote collaboration. No other solution can offer the same performance, scale and graphics compatibility. Competing solutions are architected such that they cannot keep up with the latest versions of OpenGL, OpenCL, CUDA and DirectX, which limits customers to certain applications and legacy products. In addition, these solutions only offer one method of GPU sharing, which does not leverage the full performance of GPU virtualization designed by graphics market leader, NVIDIA. Professional graphics applications such as CAD, visualization and analysis rely on the parallel processing power of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to visually render and manipulate large data models with pixel perfect quality.

Global Organizations Virtualize CAD Apps

Knightec has a vision to become the Nordic region’s leading engineering consulting firm in product and production development. The firm’s 350 engineers collaborate from throughout Sweden, combining technical skill with business development expertise to create new solutions and increase profitability for its customers. Knightec is delivering product design projects faster and at a lower cost by empowering engineers to work and collaborate from anywhere using Citrix technologies. Prior to deploying XenDesktop, design data residing on local workstations was shared between engineers via email and USB thumb drives. Traditional remote access tools performed poorly with design apps, forcing users to make simple design edits only in the office.

Germany’s Wiha Premium Tools is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision hand tools for use in industry and skilled trades. With more than 850 employees that produce over 4,000 styles of precision tools, the company has manufacturing facilities in Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Vietnam to meet the demands of customers. In order to collaborate and design across these multiple locations, Wiha uses XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro technology to support remote locations securely, while enabling mobile workstyles for CAD developers. Prior to using XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro, users requiring high computing power and rapid graphics performance were provided with high-performance workstations running Siemens Solid Edge and other developer tools running locally. Recently, a new challenge emerged with plans for a new development site two hours away.

Industry-leading Graphics Acceleration Technologies

HDX 3D Pro in XenDesktop is a set of graphics acceleration technologies designed to deliver graphics-intensive apps and desktops using deep compression technologies that significantly reduce bandwidth requirements. HDX 3D Pro leverages server-based GPUs specifically designed for achieving the smoothest visual performance on a dedicated GPU per virtual machine basis. New NVIDIA GRID virtual GPU (vGPU) technology introduced earlier this year provides a more cost-effective solution for delivering virtualized 3D professional graphics apps by supporting more users per host without sacrificing graphics performance. Citrix XenServer is the first hypervisor to integrate this technology from NVIDIA, and it will be available on December 16, 2013.

In a statement made by Jeff Brown,Vice President, Professional Visualization and Design business with NVIDIA, he says “Remote users can now enjoy uncompromised virtualized desktops and graphics-intensive applications. With NVIDIA GRID vGPU virtualization technology integrated into XenServer and XenDesktop, designers and engineers can work wherever they are, with the highest performance, stability and compatibility.”

Watch out on December 16th, 2013 Citrix and NVIDIA will be releasing full support for XenDesktop 7.1 HDX 3D Pro with XenServer 6.2 SP1 to deliver true hardware GPU sharing with NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 cards.

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