Nvidia Grid 2.0 - Virtual Workstation Solution


Senior member
Nov 8, 2010
I'm curious how well this setup runs compared to say a r9 290x or GTX 980 on programs like:
Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, Esri ArcGIS Pro, Siemens NX


Anyone have any experience with this? or know the costs/power savings with say 100 computers? 1000 computers? Whats the minimum system required specs for running the programs above using something like Grid 2.0.

Also curious how Remote Desktop would work on these.
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Senior member
Mar 15, 2011
We have one, but we don't use it for 100-1000 users. Just for 13. In this case our savings are not so significant. Also we use this solution for light workloads and some modeling. The performance is not bad, but there are times when the GRID won't respond immediately.
I think the single biggest issue is the security. It is really easy to steal and record the full stream from another user. We don't care, because everybody can access these on the server, but your company might want to care about it.

For a huge userbase you might want to wait for the a hardware based solutions, with hardware based security.


No Lifer
Aug 25, 2001
For a huge userbase you might want to wait for the a hardware based solutions, with hardware based security.

Was reading that AMD's upcoming solution is going to be hardware-based virtualization (better security), and supports up to 15 users/card.


Golden Member
May 8, 2010
depends on the programs; Solidworks without a doubt is faster on AMD hardware same with Creo. I've not checked autocad for a long time; but most Cad programs have moved towards opencl.

I'd wait for AMD hardware solution to come out and see how that works; as grid has major security issues as pointed out. My engineering team is using EPDM with solidworks; majority is amd hardware and only a couple nvidia which will be phazed out soon as they just aren't as fast.

We have one workstation/server with 8100w firepro with 64 gigs of ram system that's set up for remote access; keyshot and solidworks heavy rendering....and works for my guys which about 15 engineers.