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Re: upgrade to jessie from wheezy with cuda problems

My answer seems to have disappeared. I summarize here.

 "modinfo nvidia-curred" works well. CUDA libraries are installed.

For nvidia-cuda-toolkit, nvidia offers SDK packages for Ubuntu, not for Debian. I don't like to get into troubles with Ubuntu, which, unlike LinuxMINT, is not compatible with Debian.

I tried GNU "CUDA-Z-07.189.run" (don't remember from where it was downloaded). However it does not find the shared libXrender.so.1, even if made available into the same folder of CUDA-Z.


root@gig64:/home/francesco# apt-file search libXrender.so.1
libxrender1: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXrender.so.1
libxrender1: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXrender.so.1.3.0
libxrender1-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXrender.so.1.3.0

francesco@gig64:~$ echo $PATH

Should /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu be put on my path explicitly?


francesco pietra

On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM, Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:35:53PM +0100, Francesco Pietra wrote:
> # apt-get --purge remove *legacy*
> did the job.
> I wonder how these legacy packages entered the scene while
> updating/upgrading from a clean wheezy.
> The bad news are that with the new driver 319.60 there was no acceleration
> of molecular dynamics for a job of modest size (150K atoms) and slight
> acceleration (0.12 s/step vs 0.14 s/step) for a heavy job (500K atoms).
> Weather bringing from PCIe 2.0 (with the 304.xx driver of wheezy) to PCIe
> 3.0 (with driver 319.60 of jessie)  (increasing the bandwidth from GPUs to
> RAM from 5 to 8GB/s) has not the effect that I hoped on the calculations,
> or PCIe is still 2.0 with jessie.
> Now, with cuda 5.0, it should be easy to measure the bandwidth directly. I
> have to learn how and I'll report about in due course.
> Now
> nvidia-smi activates the GPUs for normal work,
> nvidia-smi -L tells about the GPUs,
> dpkg -l |grep nvidia shows all 319.60 or 5.0.35-8,
> the X-server can be started and gnome loaded (startx, gnome-session),
> nvcc --version gives 5.0,  however
> # modinfo nvidia
> ERROR: module nvidia not found
> In analogy with wheezy 3.2.0-4, I expected
> /lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64/updates/dkms/nvidia.ko
> Instead, there is
> /lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64/nvidia/nvidia-current.ko
> is that a feature of jessie or something wrong?

I think it was renamed.  No idea why.  modinfo nvidia-current should
work though.

Do you have the cuda libraries for the 319 version installed?

I don't play around with GPU computations, but from what I have read it
does need a certain size job before the overhead of transfering the
data and managing the GPU makse it worthwhile, but for large jobs the
high core count and memory bandwidth makes a big difference.

Len Sorensen

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