If an ESXi host has an NVIDIA GRID GPU graphics device, you can configure a virtual machine to use the NVIDIA GRID virtual GPU (vGPU) technology.

About this task

NVIDIA GRID GPU graphics devices are designed to optimize complex graphics operations and enable them to run at high performance without overloading the CPU. NVIDIA GRID vGPU provides unparalleled graphics performance, cost-effectiveness and scalability by sharing a single physical GPU among multiple virtual machines as separate vGPU-enabled passthrough devices.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that an NVIDIA GRID GPU graphics device with an appropriate driver is installed on the host. See the vSphere Upgrade documentation.

  • Verify that the virtual machine is compatible with ESXi 6.0 and later.

Procedure

  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  3. On the Virtual Hardware tab, select Shared PCI Device from the New device drop-down menu.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Expand the New PCI device, and select the NVIDIA GRID vGPU passthrough device to which to connect your virtual machine.
  6. Select a GPU profile.

    A GPU profile represents the vGPU type.

  7. Click Reserve all memory.
  8. Click OK.

Results

The virtual machine can access the device.