Distributing computing power in a network over LAN or the internet is always an important matter. Workstations don't necessarily need all sorts of processing power standing below the desk if a server offering enough performance can be accessed. A major advantage of such a solution is that computing power isn't located in across an office and lies idle or unused if some isn't at his or her desk, but instead it can be accessed by numerous users. AMD has now announced its FirePro S7100X server GPU developed especially for this purpose.
The FirePro S7100X is the first and only hardware-based and virtualized GPU solution compatible with PCI Express standard SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization). As such, a single one of the new cards can support 16 users working with it simultaneously. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will be the first company to use the AMD FirePro S7100X in its HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Blade Server.
The server GPU has an XMX module with a maximum power consupmtion of 100 W. AMD connected the graphics memory through a 256-bit wide memory interface. GDDR5 is used as video memory, although AMD forgot to mention how much, as well as exactly just which GPU will be used.
The FirePro S7100X is available right now, alas AMD also forgot to mention a price. More information can be found directly on AMD's website.