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Do you have any plans to support GPU

Posted May 4, 2016 18.8k views
DigitalOcean

Hi - we are starting to require GPU support for our next release. Any plans from your side to support it in the very near future?

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I’m also very interested in this question. Taking into account the popularity of ML and Neural Networks, that are currently use GPU-based computation, this topic will be very actual.

My company can chime in here as well. We need to constantly train and evaluate Deep Neural Networks on 20-50 GPUs in parallel.

Digital ocean being my #1 goto place to spin up an instance when I quickly want to learn something new, the skillsets that seem to be a requirement for future survival in the industry lean towards knowledge of Machine Learning. Digital Ocean being high on the convenience/cost ratio for me, I think the lack of a GPU/TPU droplet is adding to my research on other platforms. I still have high hopes that DO will get GPU support.

I think you’d need dedicated hardware for that …

  • Nope, I helped set up our office’s dev/testing server which runs VM instances much like DO does. However, our server has 4 CUDA compatible GPUs where the VM instances have access to the GPUs inside. If you’re interested in how this works, look up IOMMU, and KVM/QEMU or KVM/LibVirt are two common ways of making VMs with nearly native access to GPUs and other PCI bus devices by using IOMMU compatible hardware.

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No need for something extreme but just enough above the current one in the droplets.

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I would use the hell out of this if it were anywhere near as affordable as AWS

+1 (also for Deep Learning purposes)

Require GPU for sure....

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