AI Deep Learning

AI Deep Learning

Up to 25 Times Faster

Install a comprehensive Python and GPU powered deep learning suite. The Nvidia RTX tensor cores can accelerate deep learning tasks by up to 25x (2,500%) versus other popular developer laptops.

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Check Libraries

The Focus ships with CUDA, TensorRT, cuDNN, OpenGL, and Vulkan libraries pre-installed. This enables sophisticated compute and gaming out of the box. However, adding repositories or packages can alter and break the libraries. You may check and reset them as shown below:

/usr/lib/kfocus-001/bin/fixup_run.sh 0 1 1 # If libraries do not match, run the following: /usr/lib/kfocus-001/bin/fixup_run.sh

Run kfocus-001-conda

Run the app from App Menu > Kubuntu Focus > Anaconda GPU AI Suite Installer, or open a terminal and enter kfocus-001-conda. This installs an Anaconda suite that is professionally vetted, comprehensive, and GPU accelerated. You will be prompted to optionally install the following environments:

kfocus-001-conda will not overwrite or delete data unless you tell it to do so. You may run it again to add environments as needed. For example, you may install only TensorFlow at first and then add PyTorch later. Run the AI suite at the end to compare to the results shown in the Benchmarks section.

When you wish to build on these Conda environments, we recommend using Pycharm. You may install this with the JetBrains Toolbox installed on all Kubuntu Focus laptops.

Using Nvidia On-Demand

When running Deep Learning workloads, you may notice that the software reports less available RAM than the GPU actually has. Part of this is because of driver overhead, but also because the GPU uses some memory for your display. One can instead use the Intel GPU for the display and use the Nvidia GPU for only Deep Learning or other computing tasks. To do this, start the Nvidia Settings app and then select Prime Profiles > Nvidia On-Demand and reboot. This mode does not significantly improve battery life, so we recommend using Nvidia (Performance mode) or Intel (Power Saving Mode) as it suits your needs at other times.

Benchmarks

You may run comprehensive TensorFlow benchmarks at the end of the kfocus-001-conda script. Please compare to the official results. All tests are current as of March 2021.

RTX 2080 Super[1]RTX 2070[1]RTX 2060[1]Titan X[2]Titan XP W10[2]Titan XP Ubuntu[2]
Inference9,6268,8817,7857,4439,74111,948
Training9,7679,2958,6717,90810,37512,922
AI Score19,39318,17616,87815,35120,08924,870

[1] Kubuntu Focus 2.2Kg, 20mm thick

[2] Unconstrained Desktop GPU

Troubleshooting

Q: Starting Nvidia Visual Profiler results in an error. How can I fix this?

A: One must install Java 8 and then call nvvp with the correct path.

sudo install openjdk-8-jdk nvvp -vm /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java

Q: I booted my Kubuntu Focus and it never got past the splash screen. How do I fix this?

A: Nvidia Settings and other applications may ask you to save an xorg.conf file. Doing so may disable your internal display from functioning with a GUI upon logout or restart, and you will not be able to sign-in. If this happens, we recommend you remove this file:

You should be able to sign-in normally.

Revisions

This is a partial revision history. See the git repository for all entries.

Disclaimer

We try hard to provide a useful solution validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always backup your data and test the solution to determine the correct procedure for you.

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