AMD demos hardware-based GPU virtualization

AMD at VMworld 2015 demonstrated the AMD Multiuser GPU- a hardware-based GPU virtualization solution

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: AMD at VMworld 2015 demonstrated the AMD Multiuser GPU- a hardware-based GPU virtualization solution.


This enables a virtualized workstation-class experience with full ISV certifications and local desktop-like performance. With the AMD Multi-user GPU, IT pros can configure these solutions to allow up to 15 users on a single AMD GPU.

“The AMD graphics cards are uniquely equipped with AMD Mult-iuser GPU technology embedded into the GPU delivering consistent and predictable performance,” said Sean Burke, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, Professional Graphics.

“When these AMD GPUs are appropriately configured to the needs of an organization, end users get the same access to the GPU no matter their workload. Each user is provided with the virtualized performance to design, create and execute their workflows without any one user tying up the entire GPU.”


Built around industry standard SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) technology, the AMD Multiuser GPU continues AMD's embracement of non-proprietary open standards.

The AMD Multiuser GPU addresses limitations of current virtualized GPU solutions that may not provide predictable performance for CAD/CAE, Media and Entertainment, and general enterprise GPU needs.

Created for GPU-accelerated workflows such as GPU compute and OpenCL, the AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to overcome the limitations of software-based virtualization such as reduced end-user performance.


Additional AMD Multiuser GPU features include:

  • Compute capabilities based on OpenCL supported by industry leading GPU virtualization
  • Full feature set support including DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4
  • OpenCL 2.0 acceleration support
  • Stable, predictable performance
  • User-owned share of local memory providing additional security
  • 15 maximum users per physical GPU

AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to work on environments using VMware vSphere/ESXi 5.5 and up, with support for remote protocols such as Horizon View.

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