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Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI + vHPC on VMware vSphere!

Dell Technologies just introduced Dell EMC Ready solutions for both AI and virtualised HPC workloads on VMware vSphere 7!

Join us for the tech briefing on both new Dell EMC computing solutions for VMware, and find out how it can simplify your advanced computing needs!

 

Simplified Advanced Computing With Dell EMC Ready Solutions

Let’s start with the Dell Technologies briefing on the two new Dell EMC Ready solutions for both AI and virtualised HPC workloads.

Based on VMware Cloud Foundation, they are designed to make AI easier to deploy and consume, with new features from VMware vSphere 7, including Bitfusion.

 

 

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service (GaaS)

GPUs in individual workstations or servers are often under-utilised at less than 15% of capacity. The new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service fixes that and maximises your investment with virtual GPU pools.

The newest design includes the latest VMware vSphere 7 with Bitfusion, making it possible to virtualise GPUs on-premise. Factory-installed by Dell, VMware vSphere 7 with Bitfusion will let developers and data scientists pool IT resources and share them across datacenters.

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service also uses the latest VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vSphere 7 support for Kubernetes and containerised applications to run AI workloads anywhere. Containers make it easier to bring cloud-native applications into production, with the ability to move workloads.

 

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualised HPC

Most HPC workloads run on dedicated systems that require specialised skills to deploy and manage. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualised HPC can include VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vSphere 7 featuring Bitfusion.

That should make it simpler and more economical to use VMware environments for HPC and AI applications in computational chemistry, bioinformatics and computer-aided engineering. IT teams can quickly provision hardware as needed, speed up initial deployment and configuration, saving time with simpler centralised management and security.

For very large HPC implementations, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for vHPC can include VMware vSphere Scale-Out Edition for additional cost savings.

 

Dell EMC OpenManage for Dell EMC Ready Solutions

The new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Virtualised HPC ship with the Dell EMC OpenManage systems management software, which helps administrators improve system uptime, keep data insights flowing and prepare for AI operations.

New Dell EMC OpenManage improvements include :

  • OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter, supporting vSphere Lifecycle Manager, automates software, driver and firmware updates holistically to save time and simplify operations.
  • The enhanced OpenManage Mobile app gives administrators the ability to view power and thermal policies, perform emergency power reduction and monitor internal storage from anywhere in the world.

 

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Vanderpool Technology – The BIOS Optimization Guide

Vanderpool Technology

Common Options : Enabled, Disabled

 

Quick Review

This BIOS feature is used to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) extension, which is also known by the development code name of Vanderpool. It allows multiple operating systems to run simultaneously on the same computer.

When enabled, the IVT extensions will be enabled, allowing for hardware-assisted virtual machine management.

When disabled, the IVT extensions will be disabled. However, software virtual machine managers like VMware can still be used if virtualization is required.

Whether you use virtual machines or not, there is no disadvantage in keeping this BIOS feature enabled.

We recommend that you keep Vanderpool Technology enabled. It should only be disabled for troubleshooting purposes.

 

Details

Vanderpool is the development code name for the Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT). It is a extension of the Intel x86 architecture that allows multiple operating systems to run simultaneously on the same computer. It does this by creating virtual machines, each running its own x86 operating system.

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Although software virtualization through VMware and similar software is possible, they incur significant performance penalties. The IVT extensions allow operating systems that support them to create virtual machines with far less overhead.

Virtualization do more than just allow you to run different operating systems simultaneously. It also isolates the operating systems and applications from hardware resources. Each virtual machine will runs in its own memory space. This improves reliability and reduce damage from software faults or malicious attacks.

The Vanderpool Technology BIOS feature is used to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) extensions.

When enabled, the IVT extensions will be enabled, allowing for hardware-assisted virtual machine management.

When disabled, the IVT extensions will be disabled. However, software virtual machine managers like VMware can still be used if virtualization is required.

If you create and run virtual machines, you should keep this BIOS option enabled for much better performance.

If you have never heard of virtualization or virtual machines, you are unlikely to use it. However, there is no disadvantage in keeping this BIOS feature enabled.

We recommend that you keep Vanderpool Technology enabled. It should only be disabled for troubleshooting purposes.

 

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Citrix Appoints Avnet As ASEAN Distributor

17 May, 2016 – MALAYSIA – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) today announced that it has been selected as the ASEAN distributor for Citrix. Avnet’s appointment in ASEAN comes on the heels of Citrix’s revitalized business offering which is centred on uniting virtualization, mobility management, networking and file sharing solutions to enable new ways for businesses and individuals to realise their goals.

Under the agreement, Avnet will deliver end-to-end solutions to the ASEAN channel featuring Citrix Workspace Services (virtualization) and NetScaler (networking), as well as new, high growth technologies; enterprise mobility; and ShareFile (secure file sharing). The appointment is an expansion of Avnet’s existing Citrix distributorship in the region in Australia, India and Malaysia.

“Avnet brings a wealth of technical expertise and impressive market coverage, across ASEAN that will benefit and strengthen our partner network. Avnet’s strong investment plan with Citrix and regional footprint will help us reach into new markets, enabling our partners to better capitalise on new opportunities. Ultimately this allows Citrix technology to support more customers with their business needs,” said Mark Micallef, Regional Vice President, ASIA, Citrix.

Enterprise mobility is one of the fastest-growing markets across the Asia Pacific region. Beyond allowing individuals their choice of devices, the most critical element of enterprise mobility management today is mobile application management, which enables users to access corporate applications and data, and is supported by IT.

“The local market is ripe for more in-depth business workflow transformation initiated by mobility, and this attests to the IDC Enterprise Mobility MaturityScape findings released last year, where companies put greater emphasis in mobile deployment and the use of internal mobile applications. Ample opportunities ahead for businesses, as well as Avnet to innovate in the Malaysian market, and we are glad to be collaborating with pioneering mobility solutions provider like Citrix to grow the enterprise mobility trend in this country,’ said Chiew Yue Lam, country general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Malaysia.

Citrix technology caters to the needs of both cloud operators as well as large enterprises. As companies begin to fully realize the benefits and advantages the cloud offers, Avnet and Citrix anticipate accelerated adoption and will continue to offer both cloud, on-premise and hyperconverged options to cater to varying needs and preferences of customers.

“Today’s IT industry transformation is prompting ASEAN enterprises to revaluate their businesses to ensure their investments deliver rapid returns, support overall business strategy and meet expectations of all parts of the business,” said Bennett Wong, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, ASEAN. “Citrix technologies are tightly aligned with Avnet’s robust solutions portfolio and enable partners to use shifting market dynamics to their advantage as they engage with their customers on new opportunities for growth. We will closely work with our business partners to tap into the tremendous opportunity in virtualization, mobility, networking and file sharing, particularly in the midmarket segment, across the region.”

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AMD FirePro S7150 Hardware-Virtualised GPUs Launched

AMD today revealed the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU products – AMD FirePro S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. AMD’s ground-breaking hardware-virtualized GPU architecture delivers an innovative solution in response to emerging user experiences such as remote workstation, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

In the virtualization ecosystem, key components like the CPU, network controller and storage devices are being virtualized in hardware to deliver optimal user experiences, but prior to today the GPU was not hardware virtualized. AMD MxGPU technology, for the first time, brings the modern virtualization industry standard to the GPU hardware.

What does this mean? Consistent performance and enhanced security across virtual machines. MxGPU controls GPU scheduling delivering predictable quality of service to the user.

AMD MxGPU technology, based on SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization), a PCI Express® standard:

  • Delivers hardware GPU scheduling logic with high-precision quality of service to the user.
  • Preserves the data integrity of Virtualized Machines (VM) and their application data through hardware-enforced memory isolation logic preventing one VM from being able to access another VM’s data.
  • Exposes all graphics functionality of the GPU to applications allowing for full virtualization support for not only graphics APIs like DirectX® and OpenGL but also GPU compute APIs like OpenCL.

 

AMD FirePro S7150 & FirePro S7150 x2

The new AMD FirePro S7150 and AMD FirePro S7150 x2 server graphics cards will combine with industry-leading OEM offerings to create high-performance virtual workstations and address IT needs of simple installation and operation, critical data security and outstanding performance-per-dollar. Typical VDI use cases include Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Media and Entertainment, and office applications powered by the industry’s first hardware-based virtualized GPU.

IT budgets can realize support for up to 16 simultaneous users with a single AMD FirePro S7150 GPU card which features 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, while up to twice as many simultaneous users (32 in total) can be supported by a single AMD FirePro S7150 x2 card which includes a total of 16 GB of GDDR5 memory (8GB per GPU). Both models feature 256-bit memory bandwidth.

Based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to optimize utilization and maximize performance, the AMD FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 server GPUs feature :

  • AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology to enable consistent, predictable and secure performance from virtualized workstations with the world’s first hardware-based virtualized GPU products to enable users with workstation-class experiences matched with full ISV certifications.
  • [adrotate banner=”4″]GDDR5 GPU Memory to help accelerate applications and process computationally complex workflows with ease.
  • Error Correcting Code (ECC) Memory to ensure the accuracy of computations by correcting any single or double bit error as a result of naturally occurring background radiation.
  • OpenCL 2.0 support to help professionals tap into the parallel computing power of modern GPUs and multicore CPUs to accelerate compute-intensive tasks in leading CAD/CAM/CAE and Media & Entertainment applications that support OpenCL allowing developers to take advantage of new GPU features.
  • AMD PowerTune is an intelligent power management system that monitors both GPU activity and power draw. AMD PowerTune optimizes the GPU to deliver low power draw when GPU workloads do not demand full activity and delivers the optimal clock speed to ensure the highest possible performance within the GPU’s power budget for high intensity workloads.

AMD FirePro S7150 has an MSRP of USD $2399 and AMD FirePro S7150 x2 has an MSRP of USD $3999.

AMD FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 server GPUs are expected to be available from server technology providers in the first half of 2016.

 

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