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How to setup NVIDIA GPU laptop with Ubuntu for Deep Learning (CUDA and CuDNN)

January 5, 2020

See the corresponding YouTube video lecture here: https://youtu.be/3r5eNV7WZ6g

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In this article, I will teach you how to setup your NVIDIA GPU laptop (or desktop!) for deep learning with NVIDIA’s CUDA and CuDNN libraries.

The main thing to remember before we start is that these steps are always constantly in flux – things change and they change quickly in the field of deep learning. Therefore I remind you of my slogan: “Learn the principles, not the syntax“. We are not doing any coding here so there’s no “syntax” per se, but the general idea is to learn the principles at a high-level, don’t try to memorize details which may change on you and confuse you if you forget about what the principles are.

This article is more like a personal story rather than a strict tutorial. It’s meant to help you understand the many obstacles you may encounter along the way, and what practical strategies you can take to get around them.

There are about 10 different ways to install the things we need. Some will work; some won’t. That’s just how cutting-edge software is. If that makes you uncomfortable, well, stop being a baby. Yes, it’s going to be frustrating. No, I didn’t invent this stuff, it is not within my control. Learn the principles, not the syntax!

This article will be organized into the following sections:

  1. Why you need this guide
  2. Choosing your laptop (i.e. a laptop that has an NVIDIA GPU)
  3. Choosing your Operating System
  4. Installing CUDA and CuDNN on Ubuntu and similar Linux OSes (Debian, Pop!_OS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc.)
  5. Installing CUDA and CuDNN on Windows
  6. Installing GPU-enabled Tensorflow
  7. Installing GPU-enabled PyTorch
  8. Installing GPU-enabled Keras
  9. Installing GPU-enabled Theano

Why you need this guide

If you’ve never setup your laptop for GPU-enabled deep learning before, then you might assume that there’s nothing you need to do beyond buying a laptop with a GPU. WRONG!

You need to have a specific kind of laptop with specific software and drivers installed. Everything must work together.

You can think of all the software on your computer as a “stack” of layers.

stack

At the lowest layer, you have the kernel (very low-level software that interacts with the hardware) and at higher levels you have runtimes and libraries such as SQLite, SSL, etc.

When you write an application, you need to make use of lower-level runtimes and libraries – your code doesn’t just run all by itself.

So, when you install Tensorflow (as an example), that depends on lower-level libraries (such as CUDA and CuDNN) which interact with the GPU (hardware).

If any of the layers in your stack are missing (all the way from the hardware up to high-level libraries), your code will not work.

Low-Level = Hardware

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High-Level = Libraries and Frameworks

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Choosing your laptop

Not all GPUs are created equal. If you buy a MacBook Pro these days, you’ll get a Radeon Pro Vega GPU. If you buy a Dell laptop, it might come with an Intel UHD GPU.

These are no good for machine learning or deep learning.

You will need a laptop with an NVIDIA GPU.

Some laptops come with a “mobile” NVIDIA GPU, such as the GTX 950m. These are OK, but ideally you want a GPU that doesn’t end with “m”. As always, check performance benchmarks if you want to full story.

I would also recommend at least 4GB of RAM (otherwise, you won’t be able to use larger batch sizes, which will affect training).

In fact, some of the newer neural networks won’t even fit on the RAM to do prediction, never mind training!

 

One thing you have to consider is if you actually want to do deep learning on your laptop vs. just provisioning a GPU-enabled machine on a service such as AWS (Amazon Web Services).

These will cost you a few cents to a dollar per hour (depending on the machine type), so if you just have a one-off job to run, you may want to consider this option.

I already have a walkthrough tutorial in my course Modern Deep Learning in Python about that, so I assume if you are reading this article, you are rather interested in purchasing your own GPU-enabled computer and installing everything yourself.

 

Personally, I would recommend Lenovo laptops. The main reason is they always play nice with Linux (we’ll go over why that’s important in the next section). Lenovo is known for their high-quality and sturdy laptops and most professionals who use PCs for work use Thinkpads. They have a long history (decades) of serving the professional community so it’s nearly impossible to go wrong. Other brands generally have lots of issues (e.g. sound not working, WiFi not working, etc.) with Linux.

Here are some good laptops with NVIDIA GPUs:

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS Display, Intel Core i5-9300H Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB Nvme SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, Windows 10, 81LK00HDUS, Black ($694.95)


L340

This one only has an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, but on the plus side it’s cost-effective. Note that the prices were taken when I wrote this article; they might change.

 

2019 Newest Lenovo Premium Gaming PC Laptop L340: 15.6″ FHD IPS Anti-Glare Display, 9th Gen Intel 6-core i7-9750H, 16GB Ram, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, WiFi, USB-C, HDMI, Win 10 ($964.00)


L340

Same as above but different specs. 16GB RAM with an i7 processor, but only 256GB of SSD space. Same GPU. So there are some tradeoffs to be made.

2019 Lenovo Legion Y540 15.6″ FHD Gaming Laptop Computer, 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i7-9750H Up to 4.5GHz, 24GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD + 512GB PCIE SSD, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 802.11ac WiFi, Windows 10 Home ($998.00)

Legion

This is the best option in my opinion. Better or equal specs compared to the previous two. i7 processor, 24GB of RAM (32GB would be ideal!), lots of space (1TB HD + 512GB SSD), and the same GPU. Bonus: it’s nearly the same price as the above (currently).

Dell XPS 15 7590, 15.6″ 4K UHD Touch, 9th Gen Intel Core i7-6 Core 9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD ($1,830.00)

DellXPS

Pricier, but great specs. Same GPU!

Lenovo ThinkPad P53 Mobile Workstation 20QN0018US – Intel Six Core i7-9850H, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe Nvme SSD, 15.6″ HDR 400 FHD IPS 500Nits Display, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 16GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Pro ($3,472.69)

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If you really want to splurge, consider one of these big boys. Thinkpads are classic professional laptops. These come with real beast GPUs – NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 with 16GB of VRAM.

You’ve still got the i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB NVMe SSD (basically a faster version of already-super-fast SSDs). Personally, I think if you’re going to splurge, you should opt for 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

 

If you’ve watched my videos, you might be wondering: what about a Mac? (I use a Mac for screen recording).

Macs are great in general for development, and they used to come with NVIDIA GPUs (although those GPUs are not as powerful as the ones currently available for PCs). Support for Mac has dropped off in the past few years, so you won’t be able to install say, the latest version of Tensorflow, CUDA, and CuDNN without a significant amount of effort (I spent probably a day and just gave up). And on top of that the GPU won’t even be that great. Overall, not recommended.

Choosing your Operating System

As I mentioned earlier, you probably want to be running Linux (Ubuntu is my favorite).

Why, you might ask?

“Tensorflow works on Windows, so what’s the problem?”

Remember my motto: “Learn the principles, not the syntax“.

What’s the principle here? Many of you probably haven’t been around long enough to know this, but the problem is, many machine learning and deep learning libraries didn’t work with Windows when they first came out.

So, unless you want to wait a year or more after new inventions and software are being made, then try to avoid Windows.

Don’t take my word for it, look at the examples:

  • Early on, even installing Numpy, Matplotlib, Pandas, etc. was very difficult on Windows. I’ve spent hours with clients on this. Nowadays you can just use Anaconda, but that’s not always been the case. At the time of this writing, things only started to shape up a few years ago.
  • Theano (the original GPU-enabled deep learning library) initially did not work on Windows for many years.
  • Tensorflow, Google’s deep learning library and the most popular today, initially did not work on Windows.
  • PyTorch, a deep learning library popular with the academic community, initially did not work on Windows.
  • OpenAI Gym, the most popular reinforcement learning library, only partially works on Windows. Some environments, such as MuJoCo and Atari, still have no support for Windows.

There are more examples, but these are the major historical “lessons” I point to for why I normally choose Linux over Windows.

One benefit of using Windows is that installing CUDA is very easy, and it’s very likely that your Windows OS (on your Lenovo laptop) will come with it pre-installed. The original use-case for GPUs was gaming, so it’s pretty user-friendly.

If you purchase one of the above laptops and you choose to stick with Windows, then you will not have to worry about installing CUDA – it’s already there. There is a nice user interface so whenever you need to update the CUDA drivers you can do so with just a few clicks.

Installing CuDNN is less trivial, but the instructions are pretty clear (https://docs.nvidia.com/deeplearning/sdk/cudnn-install/index.html#installwindows). Simply download the zip file, unzip it, copy the files to the locations specified in the instructions, and set a few environment variables. Easy!

 

TO BE CLEAR:

Aside from the Python libraries below (such as Tensorflow / PyTorch) you need to install 2 things from NVIDIA first:

  1. CUDA (already comes with Windows if you purchase one of the above laptops, Ubuntu instructions below)
  2. CuDNN (you have to install it yourself, following the instructions on NVIDIA’s website)

 

DUAL-BOOTING:

I always find it useful to have both Windows and Ubuntu on-hand, and if you get the laptop above that has 2 drives (1TB HD and 512GB SSD) dual-booting is a natural choice.

These days, dual booting is not too difficult. Usually, one starts with Windows. Then, you insert your Ubuntu installer (USB stick), and choose the option to install Ubuntu alongside the existing OS. There are many tutorials online you can follow.

Hint: Upon entering the BIOS, you may have to disable the Secure Boot / Fast Boot options.

 

INSTALLING PYTHON:

I already have lectures on how to install Python with and without Anaconda. These days, Anaconda works well on Linux, Mac, and Windows, so I recommend it for easy management of your virtual environments.

Environment Setup for UNIX-Like systems (includes Ubuntu and MacOS) without Anaconda

Environment Setup for Windows and/or Anaconda

 

Installing CUDA and CuDNN on Ubuntu and similar Linux OSes (Debian, Pop!_OS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc.)

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Ok, now we get to the hard stuff. You have your laptop and your Ubuntu/Debian OS.

Can you just install Tensorflow and magically start making use of your super powerful GPU? NO!

Now you need to install the “low-level” software that Tensorflow/Theano/PyTorch/etc. make use of – which are CUDA and CuDNN.

This is where things get tricky, because there are many ways to install CUDA and CuDNN, and some of these ways don’t always work (from my experience).

Examples of how things can “randomly go wrong”:

  • I installed CUDA on Linux Mint. After this, I was unable to boot the machine and get into the OS.
  • Pop!_OS (System76) has their own versions of CUDA and CuDNN that you can install with simple apt commands. Didn’t work. Had to install them the “regular way”.
  • Updating CUDA and CuDNN sucks. You may find the nuclear option easier (installing the OS and drivers from scratch)

Here is a method that consistently works for me:

  1. Go to https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-downloads and choose the options appropriate for your system. (Linux / x86_64 (64-bit) / Ubuntu / etc.). Note that Pop!_OS is a derivative of Ubuntu, as is Linux Mint.
  2. You’ll download a .deb file. Do the usual “dpkg -i <filename>.deb” to run the installer. CUDA is installed!
  3. Next, you’ll want to install CuDNN. Instructions from NVIDIA are here: https://docs.nvidia.com/deeplearning/sdk/cudnn-install/index.html#ubuntu-network-installation

Those instructions are subject to change, but basically you can just copy and paste what they give you (don’t copy the below, check the site to get the latest version):

sudo dpkg -i \ http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/machine-learning/repos/ubuntu1604/x86_64/nvidia-machine-learning-repo-ubuntu1604_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libcudnn7 libcudnn7-dev

 

 

Installing CUDA and CuDNN on Windows

If you decided you hate reinforcement learning and you’re okay with not being able to use new software until it becomes mainstream, then you may have decided you want to stick with Windows.

Luckily, there’s still lots you can do in deep learning.

As mentioned previously, installing CUDA and CuDNN on Windows is easy.

If you did not get a laptop which has CUDA preinstalled, then you’ll have to install it yourself. Go to https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-downloads, choose the options appropriate for your system (Windows 10 / x86_64 (64-bit) / etc.)

This will give you a .exe file to download. Simply click on it and follow the onscreen prompts.

As mentioned earlier, installing CuDNN is a little more complicated, but not too troublesome. Just go to https://docs.nvidia.com/deeplearning/sdk/cudnn-install/index.html#installwindows and follow NVIDIA’s instructions for where to put the files and what environment variables to set.

 

Installing GPU-enabled Tensorflow

Unlike the other libraries we’ll discuss, there are different packages to separate the CPU and GPU versions of Tensorflow.

The Tensorflow website will give you the exact command to run to install Tensorflow (it’s the same whether you are in Anaconda or not).

It will look like this:

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So you would install it using either:

pip install tensorflow
pip install tensorflow-gpu

Since this article is about GPU-enabled deep learning, you’ll want to install tensorflow-gpu.

UPDATE: Starting with version 2.1, installing “tensorflow” will automatically give you GPU capabilities, so there’s no need to install a GPU-specific version (although the syntax still works).

After installing Tensorflow, you can verify that it is using the GPU:

tf.test.is_gpu_available()

This will return True if Tensorflow is using the GPU.

 

Installing GPU-enabled PyTorch

Nothing special nowadays! Just do:

pip install torch

as usual.

To check whether PyTorch is using the GPU, you can use the following commands:

In [1]: import torch

In [2]: torch.cuda.current_device()
Out[2]: 0

In [3]: torch.cuda.device(0)
Out[3]: <torch.cuda.device at 0x7efce0b03be0>

In [4]: torch.cuda.device_count()
Out[4]: 1

In [5]: torch.cuda.get_device_name(0)
Out[5]: 'GeForce GTX 950M'

In [6]: torch.cuda.is_available()
Out[6]: True

Installing GPU-enabled Keras

Luckily, Keras is just a wrapper around other libraries such as Tensorflow and Theano. Therefore, there is nothing special you have to do, as long as you already have the GPU-enabled version of the base library.

Therefore, just install Keras as you normally would:

pip install keras

As long as Keras is using Tensorflow as a backend, you can use the same method as above to check whether or not the GPU is being used.

Installing GPU-enabled Theano

For both Ubuntu and Windows, as always I recommend using Anaconda. In this case, the command to install Theano with GPU support is simply:

conda install theano pygpu

If necessary, further details can be found at:

 

 

SIDE NOTE: Unfortunately, I will not provide technical support for your environment setup. You are welcome to schedule a 1-on-1 but availability is limited.

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November 28, 2019

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[June 2019] AI / Machine Learning HUGE Summer Sale! $9.99

June 10, 2019

AI / Machine Learning Summer Sale

For the next week, all my Deep Learning and AI courses are available for just $9.99! (In addition to other courses on the site for the next few days)

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New Course! Cutting-Edge AI: Deep Reinforcement Learning in Python

May 9, 2019

Quite a few of you have been asking when I’d do another Reinforcement Learning course… well, how about today? 😉

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This is technically Deep Learning in Python part 11, and my 3rd reinforcement learning course, which is super awesome.

The maturation of deep learning has propelled advances in reinforcement learning, which has been around since the 1980s, although some aspects of it, such as the Bellman equation, have been for much longer.

Recently, these advances have allowed us to showcase just how powerful reinforcement learning can be.

We’ve seen how AlphaZero can master the game of Go using only self-play.

This is just a few years after the original AlphaGo already beat a world champion in Go.

We’ve seen real-world robots learn how to walk, and even recover after being kicked over, despite only being trained using simulation.

Simulation is nice because it doesn’t require actual hardware, which is expensive. If your agent falls down, no real damage is done.

We’ve seen real-world robots learn hand dexterity, which is no small feat.

Walking is one thing, but that involves coarse movements. Hand dexterity is complex – you have many degrees of freedom and many of the forces involved are extremely subtle.

Last but not least – video games.

Even just considering the past few months, we’ve seen some amazing developments. AIs are now beating professional players in CS:GO and Dota 2.

So what makes this course different from the first two?

Now that we know deep learning works with reinforcement learning, the question becomes: how do we improve these algorithms?

This course is going to show you a few different ways: including the powerful A2C (Advantage Actor-Critic) algorithm, the DDPG (Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient) algorithm, and evolution strategies.

Evolution strategies is a new and fresh take on reinforcement learning, that kind of throws away all the old theory in favor of a more “black box” approach, inspired by biological evolution.

What’s also great about this new course is the variety of environments we get to look at.

First, we’re going to look at the classic Atari environments. These are important because they show that reinforcement learning agents can learn based on images alone.

Second, we’re going to look at MuJoCo, which is a physics simulator. This is the first step to building a robot that can navigate the real-world and understand physics – we first have to show it can work with simulated physics.

Finally, we’re going to look at Flappy Bird, everyone’s favorite mobile game just a few years ago.

What do you get if you sign up for the VIP version of this course? A brand new exclusive section covering an entirely new algorithm: TD3! As usual, both theory and code for this powerful state-of-the-art algorithm are provided.

I’ll see you in class!

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How to Meet Your New Years Resolutions in 2019 (Udemy Coupons $9.99)

January 1, 2019

Deep Learning and AI Courses for just $9.99

New Years 2019

How to meet your New Years resolutions in 2019

Firstly, I’d like to wish everyone on this list a happy new year, we are off to a great start. The new year is a time to set goals, turn things around, and be better than we were before.

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Artificial Intelligence Boxing Day Blowout!

December 26, 2018

Deep Learning and AI Courses for just $11.99

Boxing Day 2018

Celebrate the Holidays with New AI & Deep Learning Courses!

I’ve been busy making free content and updates for my existing courses, so guess what that means? Everything on sale!

For the next week, all my Deep Learning and AI courses are available for just $11.99!

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Black Friday 2018 – Udemy’s BIGGEST Sale of the YEAR is back!

November 14, 2018

Deep Learning and AI Courses for just $9.99

Black Friday 2018

Udemy’s BIGGEST Sale of the YEAR is back!

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this – well here it is – the LOWEST price possible on ALL Udemy courses (yes, the whole site!)

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NEW course! Recommender Systems and Deep Learning in Python

September 13, 2018

Recommender Systems and Deep Learning in Python

So excited to tell you about my new course!

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Believe it or not, almost all online businesses today make use of recommender systems in some way or another.

What do I mean by “recommender systems”, and why are they useful?

Let’s look at the top 3 websites on the Internet, according to Alexa: Google, YouTube, and Facebook.

Recommender systems form the very foundation of these technologies.

Google: Search results (why Google is a billion dollar company!)

YouTube: Video dashboard (and recommendations to the right of every video)

Facebook: News feed


This course is a big bag of tricks that make recommender systems work across multiple platforms.

We’ll look at popular news feed algorithms, like RedditHacker News, and Google PageRank.

We’ll look at Bayesian recommendation techniques that are being used by a large number of media companies today.

 

But this course isn’t just about news feeds.

Companies like AmazonNetflix, and Spotify have been using recommendations to suggest products, movies, and music to customers for many years now.

These algorithms have led to billions of dollars in added revenue.

So I assure you, what you’re about to learn in this course is very real, very applicable, and will have a huge impact on your business.

 

For those of you who like to dig deep into the theory to understand how things really work, you know this is my specialty and there will be no shortage of that in this course. We’ll be covering state of the art algorithms like matrix factorization and deep learning (making use of both supervised andunsupervised learning), and you’ll learn a bag full of tricks to improve upon baseline results.

 

Whether you sell products in your e-commerce store, or you simply write a blog – you can use these techniques to show the right recommendations to your users at the right time.

If you’re an employee at a company, you can use these techniques to impress your manager and get a raise!

 

I’ll see you in class!

 

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Note: this course is NOT a part of my deep learning series (it’s not Deep Learning part 11) because while it contains a major deep learning component, a lot of the course uses non-deep learning techniques as well. The deep learning parts apply modified neural network architectures and deep learning technologies to the recommender problem.

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Special Announcment: Deep Learning Keras Book!

September 12, 2018

Simple Deep Learning for Programmers

Learn Deep Learning via Keras examples with absolutely no math

I’m always intrigued when students tell me they want to learn deep learning without doing any math.

I was explaining to someone just yesterday – if you look at <insert famous deep learning book by famous deep learning researcher here> – the entire thing is actually cover to cover equations. Ha!

Anyhow, I wanted to test this hypothesis. How far can one get, if they try to learn deep learning via an API?

So I made this little book. It’s full of Keras examples, starting from a basic feedforward neural network, then adding some modern techniques like dropout and batch norm, then moving to more advanced architectures like CNNs and RNNs.

Of course, if you are a reader of my newsletter, you probably aren’t afraid of math!

But, I thought I’d share this book with you anyway, since it contains some interesting examples that you haven’t seen in my courses before.

– CIFAR dataset
– time series prediction using an RNN
– machine translation using a Bidirectional RNN (not a seq-to-seq model as in my Advanced NLP course)

This would also be a great opportunity to brush up on your Keras skills, which are going to be useful for my next course (hopefully coming out in a few days!)

Finally – I’ve also linked below my related book, “Simple Machine Learning for Programmers” – it is a similar experiment in teaching about machine learning using an API with no math. It’s the same as the machine learning section of my Numpy course but I know some students like to have written versions of things so they can read on the subway / airplane. If so, check it out!

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