NVIDIA, vMotion, Resume and restart
One of the big “announcements” at VMworld for sure came from NVIDIA. They solved the equation and are able to move a GPU enabled virtual machine. I hear you think that can’t have been the big news and you’re right. Of course the vMotion of a GPU enabled machine is a big deal already but that’s not the hard part. With a vMotion of a GPU enabled machine you would loose you data and that is were the biggest gain has been achieved. Mind you it is not a production announcement but a tech preview to show they got it running in a lab environment.
Resume and restartThis is rather big news as that’s quite a task to resume, keep all the work of the user like it was. for users this is very important as now you don’t loose the work you did when the machine is resumed. Think about the hibernation of your local device when you restart it you want to see all your work back on the screen.
vMotionA vMotion is the next big thing they showed, moving a virtual machine from one host/datastore to another. vMotion when it was introduced for normal virtual machines was a big thing it allowed high availability for servers and later on for desktops as well. no more downtime just because the host has an issue. vMotion was not possible for GPU enabled machines so far (and still isn’t) and as we see more GPU usage this will be a requirement. You can’t design a highly available environment and say to the CAD users that they will loose their work in case of a disaster.
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via Rob Beekmans.net