The software- and hardware-accelerated graphics features available with the Blast Extreme or PCoIP display protocol enable remote desktop users to run 3D applications ranging from Google Earth to CAD and other graphics-intensive applications.
- NVIDIA GRID vGPU (shared GPU hardware acceleration)
- Available with vSphere, this feature allows a physical GPU (graphical processing unit) on an ESXi host to be shared among virtual machines. Use this feature if you require high-end, hardware-accelerated workstation graphics.
- AMD MxGPU
- Available with vSphere, this feature allows multiple virtual machines to share an AMD GPU by making the GPU appear as multiple PCI passthrough devices. This feature offers flexible hardware-accelerated 3D profiles, ranging from lightweight 3D task workers to high-end workstation graphics power users.
- Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA)
vSphere, this feature dedicates a single physical GPU on an ESXi host to a single virtual machine. Use this feature if you require high-end, hardware-accelerated workstation graphics.
Note: See the VMware Hardware Compatibility List at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php. For Intel vDGA, the Intel integrated GPU is used rather than discrete GPUs, as is the case with other vendors.
- Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA)
- Available with vSphere, this feature allows multiple virtual machines to share the physical GPUs on ESXi hosts. You can use 3D applications for design, modeling, and multimedia.
- Soft 3D
- Software-accelerated graphics, available with vSphere, allows you to run DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 applications without requiring a physical GPU. Use this feature for less demanding 3D applications such as Windows Aero themes, Microsoft Office 2010, and Google Earth.
Important: See the VMware white paper about graphics acceleration on vSphere. The rendering options differ by environment (vSphere, non-vSphere, and physical PC) and use cases (virtual desktops versus published desktops). See the Setting Up Virtual Desktops in Horizon document and the Setting Up Published Desktops and Applications in Horizon document for the 3D options available specific to your environment and use case. For more information on the various choices for 3D rendering, see the NVIDIA GRID vGPU Deployment Guide for VMware Horizon 6.1, and NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU User Guide.