Announcing Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) support for GPU

May 21, 2021 | 2 minute read
Greg Verstraeten
Senior Principal Product Manager
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Graphical processing unit (GPU) cards were originally created for manipulating images. Over time, their efficiency at processing large amounts of data in parallel has extended the benefits to other data-intensive use cases, such as machine learning and deep learning, modeling, simulations, video encoding, and streaming.

Today, we’re excited to announce the general availability of graphical processing unit (GPU) shapes support with Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE). You can now configure your Kubernetes clusters with GPU instances to run applications that rely on GPU hardware assisted processing.

How does Oracle simplify the use of GPU with Kubernetes?

The massive parallel computing functionality of NVIDIA GPU is accessed using Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) libraries. Different GPUs, such as NVIDIA Tesla Volta and Tesla Pascal, require specific versions of the CUDA libraries. With OKE, you can add node pools with bare metal or virtual machine GPU shapes to your Kubernetes clusters. All the nodes are provisioned automatically with the right CUDA libraries.

When you deploy an application that relies on GPU in your Kubernetes cluster, you simply specify the number of GPU your application requires in the Kubernetes Pod specs. The cluster kube-scheduler automatically schedules the pods on your GPU nodes. Conversely, an application that doesn’t require any GPU is automatically scheduled on regular non-GPU nodes.

Getting started

If you don’t have yet an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) account, request a free trial.

  1. Log into your OCI account.

  2. Open the navigation menu. Under Developer Services, go to Kubernetes Clusters (OKE) and click Create Cluster.

  3. In the Create Cluster dialog, choose Quick Create, and click Launch Workflow. For the shape, select a GPU shape, such as “VM.GPU3.1,” or the latest bare metal GPU shape “BM.GPU4.8.” Click Next, and click Create Cluster.A screenshot of the Create Cluster window with fields filled in.

  4. After creation, select your cluster, and click Access Cluster. In the dialog window, select Cloud Shell Access, click Launch Cloud Shell, and run the “oci ce cluster create-kubeconfig" command.

  5. In Cloud Shell, edit gpu-workload.yaml with the following content. This manifest deploys the cuda-vector-add image and runs it on one GPU.

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Pod
      name: gpu-workload
      restartPolicy: OnFailure
        - name: cuda-vector-add
  6. Run the following command to deploy the manifest:

    $ kubectl create -f ./gpu-workload.yaml

You’re now running a Kubernetes workload that uses a GPU!

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Greg Verstraeten

Senior Principal Product Manager

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