Apr
09

How to deliver GPU-like experience remotely with a Teradici APEX 2800 Card

I had the opportunity to watch a webcast on the Teradici APEX 2800 card I wanted to share the import bits.

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  • APEX monitors all displays and dynamically offloads up to the most active sessions up to 100 displays at 1680 X 1024
  • 1vCPU + APEX = 2vCPU (or More) if running video content. Great fit for CPU constrained environments
  • If you have room to add more vCPU’s without affecting density the card is probably not needed
  • Paired with a GPU card and offload the all pixels that will be changing. You will need a pretty big server though to fit both cards.
  • List Price is ~$2,000
  • Apex2800-2Consisent-perfomance

  • Three Models – Full Height, Half height(APEX 2800 LP) and APEX 2800 MXM (Mezzanine)
  • Apex2800-3-easy2install

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  • Demoing two VM’s both with a shared GPU, 1 with 1vCPU & No APEX vs 1 with 1vCPU & APEX yields a difference 11 fps in favor of VM with APEX.
  • It wasn’t mentioned but there is a large disparity between how many users a GPU card and APEX card can support. I think to get the best bang for your dollars you would want to have mixed enviroment of medium users using software PCoIP and High users using GPU. I think the APEX card would benefit highly dense environments where the use case is LAN based. That being said you could architect around it for most use cases. Would be interesting to see Teradici provide numbers to see the breaking point for VM’s per core to realize CAPEX savings.

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