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EUMETSAT infrastructure contains RX A6000 NVIDIA GPU cards. To employ the GPU, one need to provision one of the following flavors:

Flavor namevCPURAMvGPU TypevGPU RAMSSD storage (GB)
vm.a6000.1214 GBRTXA6000-6C6 GB40
vm.a6000.2428 GBRTXA6000-12C12 GB80
vm.a6000.4856 GBRTXA6000-24C24 GB160
vm.a6000.816112 GBRTXA6000-48C48 GB320

To use the GPUs:

  1. Provision new Centos or Ubuntu instance.
  2. Select layouyt ending with eumetsat-gpu and one of the plans listed above. Beside that, configure your instance as preferred and continue deployment process.
  3. Once VM is deployed, you can verify GPUs for example using nvidia-smi program from command line.


Useful commands

You can see GPU information using nvidia-smi 

[tervo@gpu-test-centos ~]$ nvidia-smi 
Tue Apr  5 12:22:47 2022       
| NVIDIA-SMI 470.82.01    Driver Version: 470.82.01    CUDA Version: 11.4     |
| 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  NVIDIA RTXA6000-6C  On   | 00000000:00:05.0 Off |                    0 |
| N/A   N/A    P8    N/A /  N/A |    512MiB /  5976MiB |      0%      Default |
|                               |                      |                  N/A |
| Processes:                                                                  |
|  GPU   GI   CI        PID   Type   Process name                  GPU Memory |
|        ID   ID                                                   Usage      |
|  No running processes found                                                 |

NVIDIA tools are available in /usr/local/cuda-11.4/bin/. You can add them to PATH following:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/cuda-11.4/bin/


CUDA version is currently 11.4 which need to be the same with drivers and thus can't be changed.  Tensorflow library compatibility is available at: We have tested that TensorFlow > 2.6.1 work.

Using Docker

If you want to use GPUs in docker, you need to take few extra steps after creating the VM.

  1. Install Docker 
    In ubuntu:

    sudo apt install -y
    sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

    In Centos:

    sudo yum-config-manager \
        --add-repo \
    sudo yum install docker-ce docker-ce-cli
    sudo systemctl --now enable docker
    sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
  2. Logout and login again
  3. Install nvidia-container toolkit

    distribution=$(. /etc/os-release;echo $ID$VERSION_ID)
    curl -s -L | sudo apt-key add -
    curl -s -L$distribution/nvidia-docker.list | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nvidia-docker.list
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y nvidia-container-toolkit
    sudo systemctl restart docker


    	distribution=$(. /etc/os-release;echo $ID$VERSION_ID) \
       && curl -s -L$distribution/libnvidia-container.repo | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/nvidia-container-toolkit.repo
    sudo yum clean expire-cache && sudo yum install -y nvidia-docker2
    sudo systemctl restart docker
  4. Run GPU-compatible notebook. For example:

    docker run --gpus all -it --rm -v $(realpath ~/notebooks):/tf/notebooks -p 8888:8888 tensorflow/tensorflow:latest-gpu-jupyter
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