[Originally posted on 04/04/17]

Effortlessly run professional applications on both physical and virtual machines with the unified Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver and manage AMD MxGPU’s at the host and datacenter level with Radeon Pro Settings for VMware.


Today’s professionals don’t want their creativity constrained by where they are or what device they are working on, and want the freedom to work remotely without compromise. In parallel, businesses are looking for solutions that improve productivity by making their IT easier to manage and more secure, all with a lower total cost of ownership.


AMD’s MxGPU (Multiuser GPU) virtualized graphics addresses all these needs, delivering workstation-class graphics from the data center to virtually any device, virtually anywhere. In addition, virtualization helps ensure that sensitive IP remains secure in the data center, rather than residing outside the firewall on devices that could potentially be compromised.



AMD’s MxGPU, the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU solution, is built on industry standard SR-IOV (Single-Root I/O Virtualization) technology and allows up to 16 virtualized users per physical GPU to work remotely. Unlike software virtualization offerings, AMD’s scalable VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) technology better protects valuable data by using a dedicated share of local memory for increased security.


Deterministic Performance and Unified Driver


In combination with Radeon Pro Software, AMD MxGPU virtualized graphics has deterministic performance – delivering the same performance across multiple virtual desktops with the SPECapc® SOLIDWORKS benchmark, while the performance difference between virtual machines using a competing solution is up to 68%1.



Bringing the power of a physical GPU to virtual environments, AMD MxGPU virtualized graphics uses the unified Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1.1 which lets users effortlessly run professional applications on both physical and virtual machines. That means there are virtually no limits what can or can’t be done in VDI, with full OpenGL®, DirectX®, and OpenCL™ acceleration and full ISV certification for Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS®, PTC Creo®, Siemens® NX™, and more.


AMD MxGPU virtualized graphics delivers superior performance over the competition in these applications too, with up to 35% faster performance in SOLIDWORKS2, up to 38% faster performance in PTC Creo3, and up to 156% faster performance in Siemens NX4.


Radeon Pro Settings for VMware vCenter


With support for VMware® vSphere® 6.0 and higher, system admins will love how easy AMD MxGPU virtualized graphics is to set up. The new Radeon Pro Settings for VMware seamlessly integrated into VMware vCenter allows for management of physical GPUs at the host and datacenter level with a simple and intuitive interface.



Admins can quickly set up a VDI environment, rapidly deploy virtual GPUs to existing virtual machines, and enable hundreds of professionals with just a few mouse clicks depending on the number of GPUs in the system configuration.


Pure Virtualized Graphics


AMD MxGPU enables pure virtualized graphics, keeping it simple, secure and easy to set up with predictable performance. When combined with the unified Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver and Radeon Pro Settings for VMware, AMD makes it easy for IT to choose one flexible, scalable solution to meet a business’s virtualization needs. The best part is there are absolutely no hardware user licensing fees.


The unified Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1.1 is available here.


Radeon Pro Settings for VMware vSphere Client is available here.


To learn more, go to www.amd.com/vdi