Forget desktop workstations, Dell’s virtualized 2U rack workstation enables up to four CAD users to work remotely from a single machine.
The Dell Precision R5500 is said to be the first four-GPU (graphics processing unit) configuration to be certified by Citrix with GPU pass-through on Citrix XenServer 6 using Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro.
Users can connect to the Dell Precision R5500 via Dell and non-Dell computing devices including thin clients, laptops, desktops or other mobile devices that have a loaded Citrix Receiver.
Each user is given access to a dedicated professional graphics card in a virtualised environment. This is currently an Nvidia Quadro 2000, with other high-end Nvidia Quadro graphics cards available soon. For GPU compute, the Dell Precision R5500 also supports Nvidia Tesla.
In addition to high-end graphics support, the R5500 offers Nehalem-based Intel Xeon processors – a generation behind those used in Dell’s new desktop Precision workstation – up to 192GB memory, and up to six 2.5-inch SAS HDDs or five SATA HDDs.