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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Offers NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation Image

Andrew Butterfield
Senior Solutions Product Manager

Virtualization for creative and technical professionals

The way millions of creative and technical professionals work has changed almost overnight. As we all adapt to the changing work environment, it’s essential that organizations provide their people with access to the tools they need to continue to perform. To that end, Oracle has released an NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation (Quadro vWS) image so that enterprises can deliver powerful workstation performance wherever their employees may be.

NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers the most powerful virtual workstation from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to any device, anywhere. From stunning industrial design to advanced special effects to complex scientific visualization, Quadro is the world’s preeminent visual computing platform. Millions of creative and technical professionals can access the most demanding applications from any device, work from anywhere, and tackle larger data sets, all while meeting the need for greater security.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers GPU-enabled compute shapes in both virtual machine and bare metal options, providing flexibility and performance at a fraction of the cost of other public cloud providers.

“Around the globe, virtualization is helping enterprises stay productive during these challenging times,” said Anne Hecht, senior director of virtualization product marketing, NVIDIA. “With Quadro Virtual Workstations on Oracle Cloud, creative and technical professionals can easily access the performance they need to work anywhere.”

 

Shape

NVIDIA GPUs

NVIDIA GPU Interconnect

CPU Cores

Memory (GB)

Price (GPU/hr)

VM.GPU2.1

1x NVIDIA P100

N/A

12

104

US$1.275

BM.GPU2.2

2x NVIDIA P100

N/A

28

192

US$1.275

VM.GPU3.x

1,2,4x NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPU

N/A

6, 12, 24

90, 180, 360

US$2.95

BM.GPU3.8

8x NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPU

NVIDIA NVLINK

52

768

US$2.95

 

On-Premises Workstation Performance in the Cloud

NVIDIA Quadro VWS on OCI’s performance is consistent with expensive high-end graphics workstations. On OCI you can access this performance for a few dollars an hour. Below we are sharing some the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark results. You can test this out for yourself provisioning a GPU in the Oracle Cloud from here and running the benchmark available here.

To give user’s a sense of how this performs we ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark on our VM.2.1 GPU shape, which provides one NVIDIA P100 GPU, and compared it to a workstation powered by a P2000. The SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark is the worldwide standard for measuring graphics performance based on professional applications.

The results below highlight that you can run graphics heavy applications on the cloud and get on-premises performance at a fraction of the price.

Test

OCI P100

Workstation with a P2000

3dsmax-06

86.6

71.91

creo-02

90.39

76.86

energy-02

22.71

5.1

maya-05

113.74

86.61

medical-02

59.65

17.74

sw-04

63.06

95.02

Results from sw-04 test SW2012_rallyCar_ShadedEdges

 

Getting Started

For a complete step by step guide to get started using NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Work Station on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure refer to the Quick Start Guide on NVIDIA’s Quadro Virtual Workstation document page and the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation on Connecting to an Instance

Here’s a high-level overview of how to create an NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

First, create a virtual cloud network (VCN) for your NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation image. Select a region where GPUs are available, such as Germany Central (Frankfurt).

Then, launch an NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation image on an NVIDIA GPU-powered instance in your VCN. For detailed steps, see the “Connecting to a Windows Instance” section in Connecting to an Instance.

To enable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to the Windows instance, add a stateful ingress security rule for TCP traffic on destination port 3389 from source 0.0.0.0/0 and any source port. You can implement this security rule in either a network security group that the Windows instance belongs to or a security list that’s used by the instance's subnet.

Screenshot that shows the dialog box for adding an ingress rule in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console.

If needed, add block storage to workloads for more space. For detailed steps, see Adding a Block Volume.

After you set up the infrastructure, all that’s left is to connect to your NVIDIA GPU-accelerated virtual workstation through your Remote Desktop client. For detailed steps, see the “Connecting to a Windows Instance” section in Connecting to an Instance.