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VMblog's Expert Interviews: Graphics Virtualization Takes Center Stage at NVIDIA GTC

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NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is next month, so we caught up with Victoria Rege, head of Global Product Marketing & Campaigns for NVIDIA GRID, to get a sneak peek at the event's Graphics Virtualization track

GTC is the premier event to see the power of graphics in everything from virtualization to autonomous driving.  This year's event will also host customer talks and hands-on labs where you can see real-world use cases of graphics acceleration.

VMblog:  Since we talked last year, NVIDIA has made several announcements, including a recent one with VMware.  Can you give us an update on the partnership?

Victoria Rege:  Our biggest news of the past 12 months was undoubtedly last fall, when we launched NVIDIA GRID 2.0 at VMworld to great reception. Just last month, we announced that NVIDIA GRID acceleration of Blast Extreme, a new protocol for optimizing the mobile cloud, is now supported in VMware Horizon 7. Finally, we won the VMware Global Technical Partner of the Year Award. Looking ahead, we plan to deliver several new enhancements to our solutions through the year.

VMblog:  GTC is coming up on April 4-7.  I noticed the Graphics Virtualization track has grown this time.  Tell VMblog readers what they can expect at the show.

Rege:  This year we're focusing the Graphics Virtualization track on in-depth and mature use cases from our customers and partners. Attendees will receive greater insight into - and best practices for - deploying, testing, designing, and delivering graphics-accelerated virtualized environments. Featured talks on the cloud include those from Microsoft Azure, CannonDesign, Dassault Systèmes, Esri, Fra.me, IBM Cloud (formerly SoftLayer), Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and more. 

We'll also have a featured presentation from David Johnson of Forrester Research, on "The Psychology of High Performance and the Case for Better Technology." David will explain how the key to competitive advantage lies in creating better employee conditions through technology, both for greater productivity and overall company performance.

New this year at GTC is the NVIDIA GRID 2.0 on Horizon View Hands-on Lab. It'll cover installation of NVIDIA vGPU components into a Horizon View environment.

VMblog:  Outside of the Graphics Virtualization track, what other talks should readers attend?

Rege:  Of course, everyone should attend the keynote from our CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, which will include some fantastic demos. GTC is the only place in the world to get the complete view of the latest GPU and virtual computing technologies - from self-driving cars to AI and deep learning and virtual reality - under a single roof.

GTC is also a great way to get a primer on how GPUs are used in specific industries such as oil and gas, education, manufacturing, architecture and media and entertainment. There really is something for everyone at this event.

VMblog readers get an exclusive 20% discount on registration using code GRIDTW by March 18.
Published Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:42 AM by David Marshall
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