I’m delighted to be able to share that the v7.2 release of eG Enterprise has added a number of significant enhancements to extend or support monitoring of GPUs in the datacenter and cloud. New GPU Monitoring capabilities in eG Enterprise v7.2 include:

  • Vendor support expanded beyond NVIDIA to include AMD and Intel GPU technologies, allowing you compare and monitor on-prem GPU environments and cloud enabled GPU instances side-by-side and chose the most cost-effective and relevant options
  • Extended support for NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation Technology in addition to our existing extensive support for NVIDIA passthrough and virtualization and sharing technologies (vGPU)
  • GPU monitoring for Linux VMs and VDAs in addition to existing Windows support
  • Platform support for GPU monitoring extended to enable GPU Monitoring for Nutanix AHV powered infrastructure

New Support for AMD and Intel GPUs

AMD MxGPU shared GPU technologies are now widely adopted via cloud instances offering often highly cost-effective GPU enabled options such as the G4ad instances available on Amazon AWS and the NVv4 instances available on Microsoft Azure.

With many CAD and 3D applications such as Siemens NX and Autodesk titles (AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor) now certified for AMD-accelerated cloud technologies, we are pleased to offer our Manufacturing, Design and Media customers support as they evaluate and adopt AMD options.

In addition to AMD, we have also added support for the Intel GPU technologies which some of our customers use.

Extended Support for NVIDIA RTX GPUs

NVIDIA GPUs including the latest RTX cards can be monitored at Hypervisor, OS and VM level.

Figure 1: Monitoring via the OS – Key metrics are continually monitored with out-of-the-box metric thresholds, alerting and anomaly detection to allow proactive monitoring to avoid end user issues and allow rapid root-cause diagnosis and troubleshooting

When monitoring using the ”Inside View of Desktops”, detailed diagnostics on application usage of the VM will also be available.

Figure 2: By clicking on the detailed diagnostics icon (the magnifying glass) next to metrics such as the GPU Utilization, the administrator can drill down into details of application usage.

Figure 3: The detailed diagnostics accessed via the magnifying glass icon allow administrators to identify which application inside the virtual desktop is using GPU resources and bottlenecks or resource constraints that may affect user experience.

GPU Monitoring for Linux VMs and VDAs in Addition to Existing Windows Support

Driven largely by demand from the Media and Entertainment (M&E) and Oil & Gas simulation sectors where many rely on Linux based applications, we are pleased to add support for NVIDIA GPU technologies for Linux based digital workspaces.

Coupled with enhanced for support for NVIDIA’s RTX technologies this offers those working within applications designed for the Linux ecosystem working within the VFX framework excellent new options to ensure observability into both the performance and the cost-effectiveness of their choices.

Our strong and long background as an enterprise monitoring tool for Linux platforms ensures performance and availability monitoring of the whole end-to-end user experience for the Linux digital workspace user. Information on eG Enterprise and Linux Server monitoring can be found at Linux Server Monitoring: Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Debian (eginnovations.com).

Figure 4: Monitoring of an NVIDIA RTX card on a CentOS Linux VM at the OS (Operating System) level

Popular Linux distributions our customers use include Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat RHEL and SuSE. Customers should always take care to validate that their choice of Linux distribution and version is officially supported by the GPU vendor within their guest OS support matrix, particularly with respect to GPU virtualization and sharing technologies.

GPU Monitoring for Nutanix AHV

Figure 5: Monitoring of GPUs on an AHV platform. GPU utilization is also monitored as a part of inside view of VMs. GPUs are auto discovered and monitored without the need for manual intervention.

On Nutanix AHV platforms, GPUs can also be monitored on both the hypervisor and within the VM via the “Inside VM” view. Whilst hypervisor-level view of monitoring highlights % of GPU used, VM-level monitoring highlights which application is using GPU.

The Benefits of Choosing eG Enterprise for GPU Observability

By choosing eG Enterprise for GPU enabled environments you get benefits such as:

eG Enterprise is an Observability solution for Modern IT. Monitor digital workspaces,
web applications, SaaS services, cloud and containers from a single pane of glass.

  • Monitor utilization of all popular GPU technologies from one console – NVIDIA, AMD, Intel
  • Monitor across Windows and Linux platforms
  • Monitor at the hypervisor level, desktop level, or at the VM level
  • Identify which users are launching graphically intensive applications and their true GPU requirements
  • Monitor on physical machines and cloud environments
  • Make direct like-for-like assessments of GPU enabled cloud instances or on-premises VMs to optimize GPU usage and reduce costs
  • Enhancements applicable for all popular digital workspace technologies including VMware Horizon, Citrix CVAD, Microsoft RDP, AVD and Windows 365 Cloud PCs, Nutanix AHV, Amazon WokSpaces and so on.
  • AIOps driven root-cause analysis and automated diagnostics to help identify GPU bottlenecks
  • Determine if GPU capacity is oversized to help you save cloud costs, pick the right instance type

eG Enterprise is an Observability solution for Modern IT. Monitor digital workspaces,
web applications, SaaS services, cloud and containers from a single pane of glass.

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About the Author

Barry is a pre-sales consultant at eG Innovations. Barry has 20+ years of IT experience and deep knowledge in Citrix technologies and is a specialist on Microsoft Windows, Desktop and Server virtualization and application delivery with Citrix ADC. Barry is an active community contributor and former Citrix Technology Professional. He is one of the co founders and a member of the board of the Dutch Citrix User.