NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software Lifecycle Policy

NVIDIA has introduced a new Enterprise Software lifecycle for vGPU software versions 7.x and above. NVIDIA vGPU software versions 4.x, 5.x and 6.x will be supported for 3 years from their initial release dates.

For official dates for each NVIDIA vGPU software version, see NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software Documentation.

1. Definitions

New Feature Branch (NFB) Release

Major feature release, indicated by the x.0 version number.

Release cadence: twice a year. See also Note (1).

Minor Release (MR)

Release that updates an NFB release, indicated by the x.y version number.

Release cadence: regular bug fix releases and critical security updates. See also Note (1).

Long Term Service Branch (LTSB)

NFB release that will be supported and maintained for a much longer time than a normal NFB is supported.

Every LTSB is an NFB, but not every NFB is an LTSB.

Note:
  1. General guidance only. The actual security update and release cadence can change at NVIDIA’s discretion.

2. NFB Releases and LTSB Releases

2.1. NFB Releases

Customers who are looking to pick up new features as they become available will do so through the NFB releases. NFB releases will receive regular bug and security updates, through minor releases, during the 1 year that they are supported. Customers must have an active Support, Maintenance, Updates and Upgrades Subscription (SUMS) in to access NFB releases and their supporting minor releases.

2.2. LTSB Releases

Customers who are looking for a longer cycle of support from their deployed branch will gain that support through LTSB releases. LTSB releases will receive bug updates and critical security updates, on a reasonable effort basis, through minor releases during the 3 years that they are supported. Customers must have an active SUMS to access LTSB releases and their supporting minor releases.

2.3. Comparison of NFB and LTSB Releases

New Feature Branch (NFB) Long Term Service Branch (LTSB)
Eligibility for new releases Requires active SUMS Requires active SUMS
Length of support 1 year 3 years
Minor release (bug updates and critical security updates) Yes Yes
Enterprise support Yes Yes
Major release cadence Twice a year

See also Note (1).

Once in 2 years (at least once per hardware architecture)

See also Note (1).

Note:
  1. General guidance only. The actual release cadence can change at NVIDIA’s discretion.

3. Software Branch Maintenance

Software branch support and maintenance consists of bug fixes and critical security updates.

  • Long Term Service Branch (LTSB) releases are supported for 3 years.
  • New Feature Branch (NFB) releases are supported for 1 year.

4. LTSB Release Cadence

An LTSB release is designated:

  • At least once in 2 years
  • At least once per hardware architecture

5. LTSB Release Notification

An NFB release will be designated an LTSB release within 6 months of its general availability. Customers will be notified if the current NFB release is designated an LTSB before the next NFB release.



Diagram showing the timeline for designating an NFB release an LTSB release and notifying customers of the designation.

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