GPU virtualization on VMware’s hosted I/O architecture

Micah Dowty, Jeremy Sugerman
VMware, Inc., 3401 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
SIGOPS Oper. Syst. Rev., Vol. 43, No. 3. (2009), pp. 73-82.


   title={GPU virtualization on VMware’s hosted I/O architecture},

   author={Dowty, M. and Sugerman, J.},

   journal={ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review},







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Modern graphics co-processors (GPUs) can produce high fidelity images several orders of magnitude faster than general purpose CPUs, and this performance expectation is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in personal computers. Despite this, GPU virtualization is a nascent field of research. This paper introduces a taxonomy of strategies for GPU virtualization and describes in detail the specific GPU virtualization architecture developed for VMware’s hosted products (VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion).
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