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NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software

NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) technology uses the power of NVIDIA® GPUs and NVIDIA virtual GPU software products to accelerate every virtual workflow—from AI to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). By making GPU performance possible for every virtual machine (VM), vGPU technology enables users to work more efficiently and productively.

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NVIDIA GPUs Recommended for Virtualization

Virtual GPU Software Products for Every Enterprise Workload

Client Computing

NVIDIA GRID® Virtual PC (GRID vPC) and NVIDIA GRID® Virtual Apps (GRID vApps) are virtualization solutions that deliver a user experience that’s nearly indistinguishable from a native PC. With server-side graphics and comprehensive management and monitoring capabilities, GRID future-proofs your VDI environment.

NVIDIA® Quadro® vDWS
Client Computing

From stunning industrial design to advanced special effects to complex scientific visualization, Quadro is the world’s preeminent visual computing platform. And with NVIDIA® Quadro® Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS) software, you can now deliver the most powerful virtual workstation from the data center or cloud to any device, anywhere.

NVIDIA vComputeServer
Server Workloads

NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vComputeServer) enables data centers to accelerate server virtualization with the latest NVIDIA data center GPUs, including NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU, so that the most compute-intensive workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, and data science, can be run in a virtual machine (VM).

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vGPU Software Licensing

NVIDIA GRID vApps, NVIDIA GRID vPC, and Quadro vDWS are available on a per Concurrent User (CCU) model. A CCU license is required for every user who is accessing or using the software at any given time, whether an active connection to the virtualized desktop or session is maintained.
NVIDIA vComputeServer is available on a per GPU model. A GPU license is required for every GPU that will host vComputeServer-enabled VMs. A single vComputeServer license enables a maximum of 8 concurrent VMs.

NVIDIA vGPU software products can be purchased by enterprises as either perpetual licenses with annual Support Updates and Maintenance Subscription (SUMS), or as an annual subscription. All NVIDIA vGPU software products with perpetual licenses must be purchased in conjunction with a four-year or five-year SUMS. A one-year SUMS is available only for renewals. For annual licenses, SUMS is bundled into the annual license cost.

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Annual Enterprise Subscription

Annual subscription includes software license and NVIDIA Support, Update, and Maintenance Subscription (SUMS)


GRID vApps

$10 per concurrent user subscription


$50 per concurrent user subscription

Quadro vDWS

$250 per concurrent user subscription


$150 per concurrent user subscription

Perpetual Enterprise Subscription

Perpetual License includes indefinite software license; SUMS is required and is available in four-, or five-year increments. One-year SUMS available only for renewals


GRID vApps

$20 perpetual license
$5 SUMS per year


$100 perpetual license
$25 SUMS per year

Quadro vDWS

$450 perpetual license
$100 SUMS per year


Perpetual license not available

NVIDIA Education Pricing Program

The NVIDIA Education Pricing Program supports the use of visual computing in teaching and research institutions. The program makes it easy to procure and administer NVIDIA solutions, software licensing, and services for qualified educational institutions and helps reduce their total cost. For more information on eligibility, review the NVIDIA Education Pricing Program terms and conditions below.

The Annual Subscription Model is available for Quadro vDWS and NVIDIA vComputeServer. The Perpetual Licensing Model is available only for Quadro vDWS. Users that opt for the Perpetual Licensing Model are required to subscribe to SUMS for four or five years. The SUMS subscription can be renewed on a yearly basis after the expiration of the initial subscription


Pricing Model


Quadro vDWS

Perpetual Licensing plus SUMS

$99 per CCU perpetual license
$25 SUMS per year

Quadro vDWS

Annual Subscription

$50 per CCU subscription


Annual Subscription

$50 per GPU subscription

NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software Feature List


GRID vApps

Quadro vDWS


Configuration and Deployment

Desktop Virtualization

Server Virtualization

RDSH App Hosting


RDSH Desktop Hosting


Windows OS Support

Linux OS Support


GPU Pass-Through Support3

Bare-Metal Support4

NVIDIA Graphics Driver

NVIDIA Quadro Driver

NVIDIA Compute Driver



ECC Reporting and Handling

Page Retirement


Maximum Hardware Rendered Display

Four QHD, Two 4K11, One 5K


Four 5K or Two 8K

One 4K

Maximum Resolution

5120 x 2880

1280 x 1024

7680 x 432015

4096 x 2160


Max Frame Buffer Supported

2 GB2

48 GB

48 GB

48 GB

Available Profiles

0B, 1B, 2B2

1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 6A, 8A, 12A, 16A, 24A

0Q, 1Q, 2Q, 3Q, 4Q, 6Q, 8Q, 12Q, 16Q, 24Q, 32Q12, 48Q14

4C, 6C, 8C, 12C, 16C, 24C, 32C, 48C

1 With packaged GRID vApps license.
2 Support starting with NVIDIA virtual GPU software Spring 2018 release (version 6.0).
3 Only supported on 1:1 profiles.
4 Only NVIDIA M6 hardware supported as primary display device.
5 Scheduling options include fixed share, equal share, and best effort/time slicing.
6 GRID vApps supports one 1280 x 1024 display from the GPU card. However, XenApp renders to an offscreen buffer, so it can support multiple software-rendered displays at higher resolutions.
7 Application-level monitoring only available starting with the NVIDIA virtual GPU August 2017 release (version 5.0).
8 Available with active Support, Updates, and Maintenance Subscription (SUMS) contract.
9 Supported on 8 GB 1:1 profile on Maxwell and all profiles on Pascal.
10 Profiles supported have dependency on GPU selected. For more information, read the Virtual GPU Software User Guide.
11 Supports up two 4K displays or four 2560 x 1600 displays on 2B profile. Supports up to four 2560 x 1600 displays on 1B profile. Support for two 4K displays starts with NVIDIA virtual GPU software release 6.0, and support for four 2560 x 1600 displays on 2 GB profile starts with NVIDIA virtual GPU software release 6.2.
12 32Q profile available with V100.
13 Support available Fall 2018 with NVIDIA virtual GPU software release (version 7.0).
14 48Q profile available with RTX 8000.
15 Support for 8K displays with Quadro vDWS starts with NVIDIA vGPU software 10.0.

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NVIDIA Education Pricing Program Terms and Conditions

What is a Qualified Educational Institution?
Education Pricing Eligibility Requirements:

  • A public or not for profit K-12, vocational school, junior college, college, university, scientific or technical institution with a primary focus on teaching students.
  • For use by students or employees of an education institution with .edu or .ac email addresses
  • If .edu or .ac are not in email domain then the institutions name should be clearly recognizable as educational affiliation.
  • State or local government-sanctioned agencies that purchase on behalf of a pool of school districts, community colleges, or other small educational institutions are also eligible.
  • Organizations and people directly related to the academic institution (e.g. hospitals that are wholly owned and operated by an education institution) are also eligible.
  • For-profit institutions (e.g. training centers that operate a business) as well as students, teachers, lecturers, researchers and tutors affiliated with such institutions are not eligible.

Additional Education Pricing Program Terms:

  • Non-commercial use only.
  • Research and education use only.
  • NVIDIA reserves right to watermark streams (i.e., include an NVIDIA logo) on all NVIDIA product.
  • NVIDIA reserves the right to admit or deny any party requesting to participate in program.

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