We are currently working on a project to allow 6-8+ users to access a server remotely with GPU based virtual machines in an educational setting, I’ve looked at several solutions and am leaning towards the M60 in a DELL R740 server running Hyper-V as the hypervisor.
I have limited understanding when it comes to the licensing side of this and my virtualisation experience is mostly on home labs with hyper-v and back in the day when Vsphere was just esx. So firstly I’ll ask if I’m correct in the way I understand it so far.
- Buy Server
- Install GPU
- Install Hyper-V
- Install licensing server
- Install Management software
- Configure VM’s
- Purchase as many licenses needed for each VM
- Fire up VM’s and install software on VM’s
Is it as simple as that? are there any costs I’ve not considered? as this is an educational project in conjunction with a UK university via an epic mega grant are there any educational licensing models?
The ideal setup would be 8 VM’s with GPU resources that can be accessed by kids to run virtual workshops with, I have tried amazon appstream and even virtualised EC2 GPU instances but the cost is prohibitive long term. My personal thoughts are Nvidia is the way to go but I need to understand the licensing costs and options before pulling the trigger on a server and card. without going in to too much detail I have aspergers and irlens so masses of text and jumping backwards and forwards through pages is incredibly disorienting and I’ve tried and given up several times.
So, one server, one Vgpu card, 8 virtual machines (or virtualised apps). best way to go?