Ubuntu 22.04 Minimal on Jetstream with GPU Support


May 13, 2024

Just notes on how to create a Ubuntu 22.04 image with GPU support

First create an image with Ubuntu Minimal from Horizon

Associate a floating IP and save it in an environment variable we will use later:

export IP=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

The default kernel of Ubuntu minimal does not work with the Nvidia GPU proprietary driver, it gives the same error detailed in this issue

Therefore we need to install another kernel with the headers, this occupies more than 2 GB because it grabs many other libraries:

ssh ubuntu@$IP
sudo apt update
sudo apt install linux-image-generic-hwe-22.04
sudo reboot
sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms

Install the GPU driver

We can use the Ansible recipe created by the Jetstream team. I created a branch which only installs the GPU driver.

git clone --single-branch --branch ubuntu_minimal_gpu https://gitlab.com/zonca/jetstream-image-build-pipeline.git

Due to licensing issues, the NVIDIA GPU driver for Jetstream can only be accessed by members of the Jetstream team. The files need to be copied to the nvidia_driver subfolder

Execute run.sh


No need to reboot again, SSH into the instance, check:

Tue May 14 01:15:22 2024       
| NVIDIA-SMI 535.129.03             Driver Version: 535.129.03   CUDA Version: 12.2     |
| GPU  Name                 Persistence-M | Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp   Perf          Pwr:Usage/Cap |         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|                                         |                      |               MIG M. |
|   0  GRID A100X-8C                  On  | 00000000:00:06.0 Off |                    0 |
| N/A   N/A    P0              N/A /  N/A |      1MiB /  8192MiB |      0%      Default |
|                                         |                      |             Disabled |
| Processes:                                                                            |
|  GPU   GI   CI        PID   Type   Process name                            GPU Memory |
|        ID   ID                                                             Usage      |
|  No running processes found                                                           |

Disk usage

Just installing the kernel brings more than 2 GB of packages

df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/root        58G  4.7G   54G   9% /
tmpfs           7.4G     0  7.4G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           3.0G  704K  3.0G   1% /run
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
/dev/sda15      105M  6.1M   99M   6% /boot/efi
tmpfs           1.5G  4.0K  1.5G   1% /run/user/1000