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March 25, 2013

NVIDIA Releases the First Visual Computing Appliance

NVIDIA (News - Alert), a developer of graphical processing units (GPU) and mobile processors, has unveiled NIVIDIA GRID, the first visual completing appliance (VCA).

The GRID (Graphic Intensive Applications On-Demand) is a GPU-based system that enables businesses to get high-end NVIDIA GPU performance on Windows, Linux or Mac client on their network.

The GRID runs complex applications like Autodesk, Adobe and Dassault Systemes (News - Alert), and then sends their graphic output via the network to a client computer.

"NVIDIA GRID VCA is the first product to provide businesses with convenient, on-demand visual computing," said Jen-Hsun Huang, cofounder and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "Design firms, film studios and other businesses can now give their creative teams access to graphics-intensive applications with uncompromised performance, flexibility and simplicity."

Ultimately, NVIDIA GRID VCA is extremely beneficial to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) with limited IT infrastructure. Its remote GPU is easy to install and employees can create a “workspace” with the click of an icon, and add, delete or relocate workspaces just as easily.

"NVIDIA GRID VCA will provide tremendous functionality and performance for our small business customers," said Carl Bass, president and chief executive officer, Autodesk (News - Alert). "It delivers easy, high performance GPU access to our applications for the highest quality design and visualization experience."

“Performance is important for creative professionals, and our long-standing relationship with NVIDIA has assured they are able to work with images and videos in a much faster, smoother, more engaging way," said Shantanu Narayen (News - Alert), president and chief executive officer, Adobe. "NVIDIA and Adobe have a shared goal of providing our customers with the latest technology advancements with flexible deployment options so they can focus on their jobs and have more time to be creative. The innovative advancements in virtualization introduced today with the NVIDIA GRID is an exciting new direction that underscores that commitment."

Edited by Braden Becker

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