VMware vMotion Support for NVIDIA vGPU is Coming…And It’ll Be Bigger than you Think
One of the cooler tech announcements at VMworld 2017 was on display at the NVIDIA booth. It wasn’t really an announcement, per se, but more of a demonstration of a long awaited solution to a very difficult challenge in the virtualization space.
NVIDIA displayed a tech demo of vMotion support for VMs with GRID vGPU running on ESXi. Along with this demo was news that they had also solved the problem of suspend and resume on vGPU enabled machines, and these solutions would be included in future product releases. NVIDIA announced live migration support for XenServer earlier this year.
Rob Beekmans (Twitter: @robbeekmans) also wrote about this recently, and his blog has video showing the tech demos in action.
I want to clarify that these are tech demos, not tech previews. Tech Previews, in VMware EUC terms, usually means a feature that is in beta or pre-release to get real-world feedback. These demos likely occurred on a development version of a future ESXi release, and there is no projected timeline as to when they will be released as part of a product.
Challenges to Enabling vMotion Support for vGPU
So you’re probably thinking “What’s the big deal? vMotion is old hat now.” But when vGPU is enabled on a virtual machine, it requires that VM to have direct, but shared, access to physical hardware on the system – in this case, a GPU. And vMotion never worked if a VM had direct access to hardware – be it a PCI device that was passed through or something plugged into a USB port.
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