High Performance Graphics Virtual Environment: VGA Passthough Or A VDI Solution

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Hello

Early this summer I made the decision to eliminate my Windows dual boot, I rarely used windows. I have started a new job which will require using a 3d CAD Inventor/Solidworks (Windows software). Inventor starts in vmware workstation. I also switched from OpenSuSE to CentOS after evaluating Ubuntu, RHEL, SLED, and CentOS, I wanted a more proven platform, less experimental stuff.

For the last several years I have been wanting to build a multi-seat computer. I did configure a mulit-seat using xorg, it work ok but there were issue with the keyboard and the kernel reported many error. I used the dual seat system for play internet content to a tv but I do not think this solution would work well for multiple desktops.

VGA Pass-through Redhat blog claims the beta release supports vga pass-through:
http://rhelblog.redhat.com/2014/01/29/kvm-virtualization/

Is this true? I hope to find a cheaper video card then the professional NVIDA. Can VGA pass-through be accomplished using the application provide by CentOS 7? Or do I need to apply all the patches and recompile as suggested in the article below?

http://www.firewing1.com/howtos/fedora-20/create-gaming-virtual-machine-using-vfio-pci-passthrough-kvm

VDI

This solution provides each terminal with it own dedicated devices. Many of the problems with the muli-seat configuration I used in the past was related to sharing usb device on multiple terminals. The thin client resolves all of those problems. I think VDI solution easier for my wife and daughter to use than the VGA pass through. Thin client will located the terminal in a different rooms.

Now the fun part Xen or oVirt KVM. I preference for KVM the kernel module seem to work better. I have had problem with Xen.

Does anyone have suggestion for a small home deployment. This is not practical but I have this supper fast computer I like to use and I want to postpone purchasing a Apple laptop for as long as possible. The skills developed in this project can be indirectly applied at work.

Thank you Aaron

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