My company is interested in building (via SuperMicro) a VM server utilizing vGPU with a VMWare solution to create 6 to 12 VM’s (with each VM being either Windows 11 Pro or some Linux distribution) and utilizing between 4 to 8 GB of vGPU RAM (host OS will likely be Ubuntu Server Edition).
We’re having SuperMicro build our system, and we specifically requested that they create the system with two Quadro A6000 with NVLink.
They came back to us and stated the following:
"I have finished discussing your GPU server configuration with our VMware Product Management concerning the AS -4124GS-TNR. It has been qualified onto the VMware Compatibility Guide, but this was performed with the NVIDIA A100, A40 and A30 GPUs. To make sure you receive complete support from VMware for the server in case of any issue, they are suggesting to use one of those GPUs (Qty. 2) in your configuration instead of the NVIDIA RTX A6000s.
The server with VMware does provide support for vGPU and DirectPath I/O functionality."
Though I’m familiar with the A6000, I am not with familiar at all with the A40.
My company needed the A6000 to provide multiple VM’s with at least 8 GB of vGPU memory (for 4K and 8K rendering). I’m worried however that moving to the A40 could be a problem, as the A40 seems more like a compute/CUDA card.
Another problem with the A40 is that it:
- Uses slower video memory.
- Has 1 less displayport.
- Uses a passive cooling rather than active.
- May not be as easily able to handle 8K rendering (at most the card would need to handle 3, 4K renders or 1 or 2 (at the most) 8K renders).
If anyone could help, I would greatly appreciate it (as my company is having me build a virtualized system, and I know very little about virtualized systems, let alone vGPU systems).
I greatly appreciate any help anyone could provide.