NVIDIA GPU Monitoring

NVIDIA GPU Technology Improves User Experience and Enhances Capacity

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The Importance of Virtual GPU Technology

GPU technology has been widely used in physical desktops, to reduce the load on the CPU and to provide a better experience for users - for application rendering, video playback, other graphics-intensive workloads. Virtual GPU technology now allows virtual machines to use GPU resources configured on the physical servers. Not only does this ensure that VMs can use GPU instead of CPU resources, it also provides users with a better experience and more users can be supported because of the reduced CPU consumption.

NVIDIA has led the way in virtualized GPU processing with integrated hardware and software solutions that offer organizations many options for graphics processing deployment and smart management of GPU resource allocation.

GPU technology improves user experience and enhances capacity

eG Enterprise is something we can't live without. We have been able to use eG Enterprise to quantify performance improvements in areas that we were struggling with before, and with a few changes we were able to quickly see that we had a 50% improvement in Citrix user login times.

Wendy HowardInfrastructure Engineer, St. Charles Health System

Monitoring Virtual GPU Technology

GPU technology improves the performance of virtual desktops and applications, but to reap the full benefits of an immersive user experience at scale, organizations need a complete lifecycle of managing the user experience - from designing infrastructure, to managing and optimizing a production environment, to responding to user issues dynamically, in real-time.

eG Innovations in partnership with NVIDIA delivers comprehensive monitoring capabilities that enable IT to better manage all aspects of the user experience, tapping into new GPU-sourced insights that aid in design, right-sizing, proactive infrastructure optimization and help desk issue remediation. This new joint solution integrates eG Enterprise with NVIDIA GRID software to provide actionable insights through host-level, guest-level, and application-level analytics. eG Enterprise supports GPU monitoring for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and for VMware Horizon VDI and RDSH environments.

GPU technology improves user experience and enhances capacity
Key Metrics Monitored Host Monitoring Guest Monitoring Application/Process Monitoring
Memory Usage and Utilization

Efficient Troubleshooting of GPU Performance for Virtual Apps and Desktops

eG Enterprise supports GPU monitoring for NVIDIA Grids installed on VMware vSphere, Nutanix Acropolis and Citrix Hypervisor. GPU monitoring for Citrix virtual apps and desktops and VMware Horizon is supported.

  • Using NVIDIA API, it collects GPU metrics. Both Shared and Pass-through modes of GPU provisioning are supported.
  • GPU metrics are reported at the hypervisor-level and VM-level for Shared mode, and at VM-level for Pass-through mode.
  • Usage of GPU resources is tracked at the hypervisor level and the VM level. VMs and applications consuming excessive GPU resources are identified.
Desktop to troubleshoot GPU performance issues for virtual apps and desktops
Key GPU metrics shown on a single dashboard

Monitors All Aspects of vGPU Performance

Measuring CPU utilization alone is not enough for graphic-intensive application workloads. Administrators need track different aspects of vGPU performance:

  • What is the speed at which the GPU operates and is there any deviation from baseline performance?
  • Is there any shortage of frame buffer that can impact screen resolution, color level and refresh speed?
  • Does the vGPU have sufficient BAR1 memory?
  • Which group of users is utilizing GPU resources?
  • Is there a need for additional GPU capacity?
Monitors All Aspects of vGPU Performance
  • If a VM is taking a lot of GPU resources, which application is responsible for this?
  • Are there passthrough VMs that are not using vGPU allocated to them?
  • Can the user load be balanced to better utilize available resources?

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  • Works on cloud environments, hybrid cloud setups and on-premises deployments
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  • Suitable for monitoring cloud applications, digital workspaces and IT infrastructures
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