NVIDIA AI Enterprise 2.0 or later

NVIDIA AI Enterprise CPU only has the following sets of prerequisites:

  • At least one NVIDIA AI Enterprise Compatible NVIDIA-Certified System.

  • NVIDIA AI Enterprise License

  • Ubuntu Server 20.04 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 ISO

The following server configuration details are considered best practices:

  • Hyperthreading - Enabled

  • Power Setting or System Profile - High Performance

  • CPU Performance (if applicable) - Enterprise or High Throughput

  • Memory Mapped I/O above 4-GB - Enabled (if applicable)

NVIDIA AI Enterprise containers can run in both virtualized and bare metal environments. Supported Operating systems are Ubuntu 20.04 and RHEL 8.4 If you are new to virtualization, it is recommended to review VMware’s ESXi Getting Started, which includes courses and guidance on potentially any current configuration that you may already have.

If running a Virtual Environment:

  • VMware vSphere 6.7

  • VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2

To access the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Host Software (VIB) and NVIDIA vGPU Guest Driver, you must first download and install NGC Catalog CLI. After the NGC Catalog CLI is installed, you will need to launch a command window and running the following commands to download software.

To install NGC Catalog CLI:

  1. Enter the NVIDIA NGC website as a guest user.

  2. In the top right corner, click Welcome and then select Setup from the menu.

  3. Click Downloads under Install NGC CLI from the Setup page.

  4. From the CLI Install page, click the Windows, Linux, or MacOS tab, according to the platform from which you will be running NGC Catalog CLI.

  5. Follow the instructions to install the CLI.

  6. Open Command Prompt from the Run Box.

  7. Verify the installation by entering ngc --version. The output should be NGC Catalog CLI x.y.z where x.y.z indicates the version.


    Before proceeding, you will need to generate or use an existing API key.

  8. Enter the following command ngc config set. You will be prompted to enter your NGC API Key.


    ngc config set Enter API key [no-apikey]. Choices: [<VALID_APIKEY>, 'no-apikey']: (COPY/PASTE API KEY) Enter CLI output format type [ascii]. Choices: [ascii, csv, json]: ascii Enter org [no-org]. Choices: ['no-org']: nvlp-aienterprise Enter team [no-team]. Choices: ['no-team']: no-team Enter ace [no-ace]. Choices: ['no-ace']: no-ace

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