Quick Start Guide

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NVIDIA AI Enterprise Quick Start Guide

Minimal instructions for installing and configuring NVIDIA AI Enterprise.

NVIDIA AI Enterprise Quick Start Guide provides minimal instructions for a bare-metal, single-node deployment of NVIDIA AI Enterprise on a third-party NVIDIA-certified system and for using a Cloud License Service (CLS) instance to serve licenses.

If you need complete instructions for installing and configuring NVIDIA AI Enterprise, are using NVIDIA AI Enterprise in an NVIDIA vGPU deployment, or are using multiple nodes, refer to NVIDIA AI Enterprise User Guide.

If you are using Delegated License Service (DLS) instances to serve licenses, refer to NVIDIA License System User Guide.

Note:

The instructions in this guide do not apply to NVIDIA® DGX™ systems. For information about how to use these systems, refer to NVIDIA DGX Systems.

After your order for NVIDIA AI Enterprise is processed, you will receive an order confirmation message from NVIDIA. This message contains information that you need for getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise and technical support from NVIDIA.
To get NVIDIA AI Enterprise and technical support from NVIDIA, you must have an NVIDIA Enterprise Account, which provides login access to the following NVIDIA web properties:

  • NVIDIA NGC™ , which provides access to all enterprise software, services, and management tools included in NVIDIA AI Enterprise
  • NVIDIA Licensing Portal, which provides access to your entitlements and options for managing your NVIDIA AI Enterprise license servers
  • NVIDIA Enterprise Support Portal, which provides access to NVIDIA AI Enterprise support services

These web properties can be reached from the NVIDIA Application Hub. To activate the accounts for getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise, create or link to an NVIDIA Enterprise Account:

1.1. Before You Begin

Before following the procedures in this guide, ensure that the following prerequisites are met:

For information about supported hardware and software, and any known issues for this release of NVIDIA AI Enterprise, refer to NVIDIA AI Enterprise Release Notes.

1.2. Your Order Confirmation Message

After your order for NVIDIA AI Enterprise is processed, you will receive an order confirmation message to which your NVIDIA Entitlement Certificate is attached. Your NVIDIA Entitlement Certificate contains your product activation keys and provides instructions for using the certificate.

If you are a data center administrator, follow the instructions in the NVIDIA Entitlement Certificate to use the certificate. Otherwise, forward your order confirmation message, including the attached NVIDIA Entitlement Certificate, to a data center administrator in your organization.

1.3. NVIDIA Enterprise Account Requirements

To get NVIDIA AI Enterprise, you must have a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account for getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise and technical support from NVIDIA.

Whether or not you have a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account depends on whether you have previously purchased NVIDIA AI Enterprise.

  • If you have previously purchased NVIDIA AI Enterprise, you already have a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account.

    To use this account to get NVIDIA AI Enterprise, download the software assets that you require from the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 collection on NVIDIA NGC. For details, refer to Accessing the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Collection.

  • If you have obtained an evaluation license but have not previously purchased NVIDIA AI Enterprise, you do not have a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account. To create a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account, follow the Register link in the instructions for using the certificate to create an account for your purchased licenses. You can choose to create a separate account for your purchased licenses or link your existing account for an evaluation license to the account for your purchased licenses.
  • If you have not previously purchased NVIDIA AI Enterprise, you do not have a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account.

    To create a suitable NVIDIA Enterprise Account, follow the Register link in the instructions for using the certificate to create your account. For details, refer to Creating your NVIDIA Enterprise Account.

1.3.1. Creating your NVIDIA Enterprise Account

If you do not have an NVIDIA Enterprise Account, you must create an account to be able to log in to the web properties for getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise and technical support from NVIDIA.

For details of these web properties, refer to Activating the Accounts for Getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise.

If you already have an account, skip this task and go to Installing Your NVIDIA AI Enterprise License Server and License Files. However, if you have an account that was created for an evaluation license and you want to access licenses that you purchased, you must repeat the registration process when you receive your purchased licenses. You can choose to create a separate account for your purchased licenses or link your existing account for an evaluation license to the account for your purchased licenses.

  • To create a separate account for your purchased licenses, perform this task, specifying a different e-mail address than the address with which you created your existing account.
  • To link your existing account for an evaluation license to the account for your purchased licenses, follow the instructions in Linking an Evaluation Account to an NVIDIA Enterprise Account for Purchased Licenses, specifying the e-mail address with which you created your existing account.

Before you begin, ensure that you have your order confirmation message.

  1. In the instructions for using your NVIDIA Entitlement Certificate, follow the Register link.
  2. Fill out the form on the NVIDIA Enterprise Account Registration page and click REGISTER. A message confirming that an account has been created appears. An e-mail instructing you to log in to your account on the NVIDIA Application Hub is sent to the e-mail address you provided.
  3. Open the e-mail instructing you to log in to your account and click Log In.
  4. On the NVIDIA Application Hub Login page that opens, in the text-entry field, type the e-mail address you provided and click Sign In.
  5. On the Create Your Account page that opens, provide and confirm a password for the account and click Create Account. A message prompting you to verify your e-mail address appears. An e-mail instructing you to verify your e-mail address is sent to the e-mail address you provided.
  6. Open the e-mail instructing you to verify your e-mail address and click Verify Email Address. A message confirming that your email address is confirmed appears.

From the NVIDIA Application Hub page, you can now log in to the web properties that are listed in Activating the Accounts for Getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise.

1.3.2. Linking an Evaluation Account to an NVIDIA Enterprise Account for Purchased Licenses

If you have an account that was created for an evaluation license, you must repeat the registration process when you receive your purchased licenses. To link your existing account for an evaluation license to the account for your purchased licenses, register for an NVIDIA Enterprise Account with the e-mail address with which you created your existing account.

If you want to create a separate account for your purchased licenses, follow the instructions in Creating your NVIDIA Enterprise Account, specifying a different e-mail address than the address with which you created your existing account.

  1. In the instructions for using the NVIDIA Entitlement Certificate for your purchased licenses, follow the Register link.
  2. Fill out the form on the NVIDIA Enterprise Account Registration page, specifying the e-mail address with which you created your existing account, and click Register.

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  3. When a message stating that your e-mail address is already linked to an evaluation account is displayed, click LINK TO NEW ACCOUNT.

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Log in to the NVIDIA Licensing Portal with the credentials for your existing account.

The NVIDIA License System is used to serve a pool of floating licenses to licensed NVIDIA software products. The NVIDIA License System is configured with licenses obtained from the NVIDIA Licensing Portal.

Note:

These instructions cover only the configuration of a Cloud License Service (CLS) instance. If you need complete instructions or are using Delegated License Service (DLS) instances to serve licenses, refer to NVIDIA License System User Guide.


2.1. Introduction to NVIDIA Software Licensing

To activate licensed functionalities, a licensed client must obtain a software license when it is booted.

A client with a network connection obtains a license by leasing it from a NVIDIA License System service instance. The service instance serves the license to the client over the network from a pool of floating licenses obtained from the NVIDIA Licensing Portal. The license is returned to the service instance when the licensed client no longer requires the license.

2.2. Performing an Express CLS Installation

Performing an express CLS installation creates a license server that NVIDIA License System automatically binds to and installs on the default CLS instance. The license server that you create defines the set of licenses to be allotted to an NVIDIA License System instance.

If no default CLS instance exists, NVIDIA License System creates a default instance for you. After you perform an express installation, no further action is required to complete the initial configuration of the CLS instance. The instance is ready to serve licenses to clients.

  1. In the NVIDIA Licensing Portal, navigate to the organization or virtual group for which you want to perform an express CLS installation.
    1. If you are not already logged in, log in to the NVIDIA Application Hub and click NVIDIA LICENSING PORTAL to go to the NVIDIA Licensing Portal.
    2. Optional: If your assigned roles give you access to multiple virtual groups, click View settings at the top right of the page and in the My Info window that opens, select the virtual group from the Virtual Group drop-down list, and close the My Info window.

    If no license servers have been created for your organization or virtual group, the NVIDIA Licensing Portal dashboard displays a message asking if you want to create a license server.

  2. In the left navigation pane of the NVIDIA Licensing Portal dashboard, expand LICENSE SERVER and click CREATE SERVER.

    The Create License Server wizard opens.

  3. On the Step 1 - Identification page of the wizard, provide the details of your license server.
    1. In the Name field, enter your choice of name for the license server.
    2. In the Description field, enter a text description of the license server. This description is required and will be displayed on the details page for the license server that you are creating.
    3. Click NEXT STEP.
  4. On the Step 2 - Features page of the wizard, add the licenses for the products that you want to allot to this license server. For each product, add the licenses as follows:
    1. In the list of products, select the product for which you want to add licenses.
    2. In the text-entry field in the ADDED column, enter the number of licenses for the product that you want to add.
    3. Click NEXT STEP.
  5. On the Step 3 – Environment page, select Cloud (CLS), select the Express installation option that is added to the page, and click NEXT STEP.
  6. On the Step 4-Configuration page, select the leasing mode that you require. If the license server is to be used for networked licensing, you can simplify the management of licensed products on the server by selecting the Standard Networked Licensing mode.
  7. Click CREATE SERVER.

2.3. Generating a Client Configuration Token for a CLS Instance

  1. Log in to the NVIDIA Application Hub and click NVIDIA LICENSING PORTAL to go to the NVIDIA Licensing Portal.
  2. If your assigned roles give you access to multiple virtual groups, select the virtual group for which you are managing licenses from the list of virtual groups at the top right of the NVIDIA Licensing Portal dashboard.
  3. In the left navigation pane, click SERVICE INSTANCES.

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  4. On the Service Instances page that opens, from the Actions menu for the CLS instance for which you want to generate a client configuration token, choose Generate client configuration token.
  5. In the Generate Client Configuration Token pop-up window that opens, select the references that you want to include in the client configuration token.
    1. From the list of scope references, select the scope references that you want to include.

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      You must select at least one scope reference.

      Each scope reference specifies the license server that will fulfil a license request.

    2. Optional: Click the Fulfillment class references tab, and from the list of fulfillment class references, select the fulfillment class references that you want to include.

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      Including fulfillment class references is optional.

    3. Optional: In the Expiration section, select an expiration date for the client configuration token. If you do not select a date, the default token expiration time is 12 years.
    4. Click DOWNLOAD CLIENT CONFIGURATION TOKEN.

    A file named client_configuration_token_mm-dd-yyyy-hh-mm-ss.tok is saved to your default downloads folder.

3.1. The Enterprise Catalog

The NVIDIA AI Enterprise Software Suite is distributed through the Enterprise Catalog. After you access the Enterprise Catalog, you will see the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Software Suite collection. Detailed documentation makes it easy to utilize the software, and if additional support is required, users can submit the ticket directly from the portal.

3.1.1. Accessing the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Collection

  1. Go to the NVIDIA AI Enterprise collection on NVIDIA NGC and, if prompted, log in.
  2. Under Enterprise Collections, scroll down to and click the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 collection.
  3. On the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 page that opens, click the Entities tab to review the software assets in the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 collection.
  4. Click the software asset that you are interested in to learn more about or download the asset.

3.1.2. Resources

The NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 collection contains the following resources:

  • GPU Operator
  • Network Operator
  • NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials
  • vGPU Guest Driver, Ubuntu 22.04
  1. Go to the Enterprise Catalog.
  2. Click the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 collection.
  3. Click the Entities tab and select the resource you are interested in.
  4. Download the resource directly from the UI or use the displayed wget or CLI commands.

3.2. Installing the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Graphics Driver on Ubuntu from a Debian Package

The NVIDIA AI Enterprise graphics driver for Ubuntu is distributed as a Debian package file.

This task requires sudo privileges.

  1. Copy the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Linux driver package, for example nvidia-linux-grid-535_535.154.05_amd64.deb, to the guest VM where you are installing the driver.
  2. Log in to the guest VM as a user with sudo privileges.
  3. Open a command shell and change to the directory that contains the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Linux driver package.
  4. From the command shell, run the command to install the package.
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    $ sudo apt-get install ./nvidia-linux-grid-535_535.154.05_amd64.deb

  5. Verify that the NVIDIA driver is operational.
    1. Reboot the system and log in.
    2. After the system has rebooted, confirm that you can see your NVIDIA vGPU device in the output from the nvidia-smi command.
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      $ nvidia-smi

3.3. Configuring a Licensed Client

A client with a network connection obtains a license by leasing it from a NVIDIA License System service instance. The service instance serves the license to the client over the network from a pool of floating licenses obtained from the NVIDIA Licensing Portal. The license is returned to the service instance when the licensed client no longer requires the license.

The graphics driver creates a default location in which to store the client configuration token on the client.

The process for configuring a licensed client is the same for CLS and DLS instances but depends on the OS that is running on the client.

3.3.1. Configuring a Licensed Client on Linux with Default Settings

Perform this task from the client.

  1. As root, open the file /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf in a plain-text editor, such as vi.
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    $ sudo vi /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf

    Note:

    You can create the /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf file by copying the supplied template file /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf.template.

  2. Add the FeatureType configuration parameter to the file /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf on a new line as FeatureType="value".

    value depends on the type of the GPU assigned to the licensed client that you are configuring.

    GPU Type Value
    NVIDIA vGPU 1. NVIDIA AI Enterprise automatically selects the correct type of license based on the vGPU type.
    Physical GPU The feature type of a GPU in pass-through mode or a bare-metal deployment:
    • 0: NVIDIA Virtual Applications
    • 2: NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation
    • 4: NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server

    This example shows how to configure a licensed Linux client for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server.

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    # /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf.template - Configuration file for NVIDIA Grid Daemon … # Description: Set Feature to be enabled # Data type: integer # Possible values: # 0 => for unlicensed state # 1 => for NVIDIA vGPU # 2 => for NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation # 4 => for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server FeatureType=4 ...

  3. Copy the client configuration token to the /etc/nvidia/ClientConfigToken directory.
  4. Ensure that the file access modes of the client configuration token allow the owner to read, write, and execute the token, and the group and others only to read the token.
    1. Determine the current file access modes of the client configuration token.
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      # ls -l client-configuration-token-directory

    2. If necessary, change the mode of the client configuration token to 744.
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      # chmod 744 client-configuration-token-directory/client_configuration_token_*.tok

    client-configuration-token-directory
    The directory to which you copied the client configuration token in the previous step.
  5. Save your changes to the /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf file and close the file.
  6. Restart the nvidia-gridd service.

The NVIDIA service on the client should now automatically obtain a license from the CLS or DLS instance.

3.3.2. Verifying the NVIDIA AI Enterprise License Status of a Licensed Client

After configuring a client with an NVIDIA AI Enterprise license, verify the license status by displaying the licensed product name and status.

To verify the license status of a licensed client, run nvidia-smi with the –q or --query optionfrom the licensed client, not the hypervisor host. If the product is licensed, the expiration date is shown in the license status.

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nvidia-smi -q ==============NVSMI LOG============== Timestamp : Wed Nov 23 10:52:59 2022 Driver Version : 525.60.06 CUDA Version : 12.0 Attached GPUs : 2 GPU 00000000:02:03.0 Product Name : Product Brand : NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server Product Architecture : Ampere Display Mode : Enabled Display Active : Disabled Persistence Mode : Enabled MIG Mode Current : Disabled Pending : Disabled Accounting Mode : Disabled Accounting Mode Buffer Size : 4000 Driver Model Current : N/A Pending : N/A Serial Number : N/A GPU UUID : GPU-ba5b1e9b-1dd3-11b2-be4f-98ef552f4216 Minor Number : 0 VBIOS Version : 00.00.00.00.00 MultiGPU Board : No Board ID : 0x203 Board Part Number : N/A GPU Part Number : 25B6-890-A1 Module ID : N/A Inforom Version Image Version : N/A OEM Object : N/A ECC Object : N/A Power Management Object : N/A GPU Operation Mode Current : N/A Pending : N/A GSP Firmware Version : N/A GPU Virtualization Mode Virtualization Mode : VGPU Host VGPU Mode : N/A vGPU Software Licensed Product Product Name : NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server License Status : Licensed (Expiry: 2022-11-23 10:41:16 GMT) … …

3.4. Installing NVIDIA Container Toolkit

Use NVIDIA Container Toolkit to build and run GPU accelerated Docker containers. The toolkit includes a container runtime library and utilities to configure containers to use NVIDIA GPUs automatically.

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Ensure that the following software is installed in the guest VM:

Note:

You do not need to install NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit on the hypervisor host.


  1. Set up the GPG key and configure apt to use NVIDIA Container Toolkit packages in the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nvidia-docker.list.
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    $ distribution=$(. /etc/os-release;echo $ID$VERSION_ID) $ curl -s -L https://nvidia.github.io/nvidia-docker/gpgkey | sudo apt-key add - $ curl -s -L https://nvidia.github.io/nvidia-docker/$distribution/nvidia-docker.list | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nvidia-docker.list

  2. Download information from all configured sources about the latest versions of the packages and install the nvidia-container-toolkit package.
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    $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y nvidia-container-toolkit

  3. Restart the Docker service.
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    $ sudo systemctl restart docker

3.5. Verifying the Installation of NVIDIA Container Toolkit

  1. Run the nvidia-smi command contained in the latest official NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit image that is compatible with the release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit driver that is running on your machine.
    Note:

    Do not use a release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit image later than the release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit driver that is running on your machine. For a list of all NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit images, refer to nvidia/cuda on Docker Hub.

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    $ docker run --gpus all nvidia/cuda:12.2.0-base-ubuntu22.04 nvidia-smi

  2. Start a GPU-enabled container on any two available GPUs.
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    $ docker run --gpus 2 nvidia/cuda:12.2.0-base-ubuntu22.04 nvidia-smi

  3. Start a GPU-enabled container on two specific GPUs identified by their index numbers.
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    $ docker run --gpus '"device=1,2"' nvidia/cuda:12.2.0-base-ubuntu22.04 nvidia-smi

  4. Start a GPU-enabled container on two specific GPUs with one GPU identified by its UUID and the other GPU identified by its index number.
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    $ docker run --gpus '"device=UUID-ABCDEF,1"' nvidia/cuda:12.2.0-base-ubuntu22.04 nvidia-smi

  5. Specify a GPU capability for the container.
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    $ docker run --gpus all,capabilities=utility nvidia/cuda:12.2.0-base-ubuntu22.04 nvidia-smi

3.6. Installing Software Distributed as Container Images

The NGC container images accessed through the NVIDIA Enterprise Catalog include the AI and data science applications and frameworks. Each container image for an AI and data science application or framework contains the entire user-space software stack that is required to run the application or framework, namely, the CUDA libraries, cuDNN, any required Magnum IO components, TensorRT, and the framework.

Ensure that you have completed the following tasks in NGC Private Registry User Guide:

Perform this task from the VM.
Obtain the Docker pull command for downloading each of the following applications and deep learning framework components from the listing for the application or component in the NGC Public Catalog.

  • Applications:
    • NVIDIA Clara Parabricks
    • NVIDIA DeepStream
    • MONAI - Medical Open Network for Artificial Intelligence
    • RAPIDS
    • RAPIDS Accelerator for Apache Spark
    • TAO
  • Deep learning framework components:
    • NVIDIA TensorRT
    • NVIDIA Triton Inference Server
    • PyTorch
    • TensorFlow 2

3.7. Running ResNet-50 with TensorRT

  1. Launch the NVIDIA TensorRT container image on all GPUs in interactive mode, specifying that the container will be deleted when it is stopped.
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    $ sudo docker run --gpus all -it --rm nvcr.io/nvaie/tensorrt:21.07-py3

  2. From within the container runtime, change to the directory that contains test data for the ResNet-50 convolutional neural network.
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    # cd /workspace/tensorrt/data/resnet50

  3. Run the ResNet-50 convolutional neural network with FP32, FP16, and INT8 precision and confirm that each test is completed with the result PASSED.
    1. To run ResNet-50 with the default FP32 precision, run this command:
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      # trtexec --duration=90 --workspace=1024 --percentile=99 --avgRuns=100 \ --deploy=ResNet50_N2.prototxt --batch=1 --output=prob

    2. To run ResNet-50 with FP16 precision, add the --fp16 option:
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      # trtexec --duration=90 --workspace=1024 --percentile=99 --avgRuns=100 \ --deploy=ResNet50_N2.prototxt --batch=1 --output=prob --fp16

    3. To run ResNet-50 with INT8 precision, add the --int8 option:
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      # trtexec --duration=90 --workspace=1024 --percentile=99 --avgRuns=100 \ --deploy=ResNet50_N2.prototxt --batch=1 --output=prob --int8

  4. Press Ctrl+P, Ctrl+Q to exit the container runtime and return to the Linux command shell.

3.8. Running ResNet-50 with TensorFlow

  1. Launch the TensorFlow 1 container image on all GPUs in interactive mode, specifying that the container will be deleted when it is stopped.
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    $ sudo docker run --gpus all -it --rm \ nvcr.io/nvaie/tensorflow:21.07-tf1-py3

  2. From within the container runtime, change to the directory that contains test data for cnn example.
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    # cd /workspace/nvidia-examples/cnn

  3. Run the ResNet-50 training test with FP16 precision.
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    # python resnet.py --layers 50 -b 64 -i 200 -u batch --precision fp16

  4. Confirm that all operations on the application are performed correctly and that a set of results is reported when the test is completed.
  5. Press Ctrl+P, Ctrl+Q to exit the container runtime and return to the Linux command shell.

NVIDIA Base Command™ Manager Essentials streamlines cluster provisioning, workload management, and infrastructure monitoring in the data center. In bare-metal deployments, NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials simplifies the installation of operating systems supported by NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials.

Before obtaining NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials, ensure that you have activated the accounts for getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise, as explained in Activating the Accounts for Getting NVIDIA AI Enterprise.

  1. Request your NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials product keys by sending email with your entitlement certificate to sw-bright-sales-ops@NVIDIA.onmicrosoft.com. After your entitlement certificate has been reviewed, you will receive a product key from which you can generate a license key for the number of licenses that you purchased.
  2. Go to the NGC Enterprise Catalog.
  3. Click the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Infra Release 4.2 collection.
  4. Click the Entities tab and under Resources, select the NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials ISO for your operating system, and download it.

After obtaining NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials, follow the steps in NVIDIA Base Command Manager Essentials Installation Guide to create and license your head node.

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