Amberjack Ubuntu GPU Machine Install

This is how a new machine, amberjack, was configured.


The machine was purchased from Mwave. I’ve purchased a few machines from them and always impressed with their service. Here is the configuration

AC16427	MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC AM4 Mini-ITX Motherboard				1	1	$225.00	$225.00
AB83276	SilverStone Strider Essential ST60F-ES230 600W 80 Plus Power Supply		1	1	$75.00	$75.00
AC19487	Crucial P1 500GB NVMe M.2 PCIe 3D NAND SSD CT500P1SSD8				1	1	$89.00	$89.00
AC23360	Respawn Ninja x MWAVE Gaming Mouse Pad Small - Black				1	1	$1.00	$1.00
AB47402	Mwave Custom PC Assembly and Testing Service					1	1	$199.00	$199.00
AB52361	Advanced Transportation Packing Solution					1	1	$19.99	$19.99
AC26501	Kingston HyperX FURY RGB 32GB (2x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz Memory			1	1	$209.00	$209.00
AC29726	ASUS GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Turbo EVO 8GB Video Card				1	1	$649.00	$649.00
AC12989	Seagate ST8000DM004 8TB BarraCuda 3.5" SATA3 Desktop Hard Drive			1	1	$299.00	$299.00
AB64976	Windows 10 Professional 64-bit OEM DVD						1	1	$219.00	$219.00
AB59620	SilverStone Sugo Series SG13 Mini ITX Case - Mesh Front Panel			1	1	$69.00	$69.00
AC24744	AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6 Core Socket AM4 3.8GHz CPU Processor + Wraith Spire Cooler	1	1	$369.00	$369.00

Total of Invoice Inc GST $2,490.33
Total GST $226.39

Here is the motherboard manual.

Step 1 Update BIOS to enable virtualisation

In the BIOS settings set

Overclocking -> OC Explore Mode -> Expert
Overclocking -> CPU Features -> SVM Mode -> Enable

then boot machine (into Windows 10).

Step 2 Install Ubuntu

  1. Erase disk and install everything to /dev/nvme0n1. Select LVM.

Step 3 Move /opt /var /home to hard disk

sudo -i
mkdir /srv; mkdir /src/fs
mount /dev/sda1 /srv/fs
rsync -aXP /opt /var /home /srv/fs
cd /
mv opt opt.old
mv var var.old
mv home home.old

Add the mounts to /etc/fstab

# mount the local HD to /home, /var and /opt
/dev/disk/by-uuid/HARD_DISK /srv/fs auto nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0
/srv/fs/home	/home	none	bind	0	0
/srv/fs/var	/var	none	bind	0	0
/srv/fs/opt	/opt	none	bind	0	0

and reboot. After it reboots successfully you can

sudo rm -rf /opt.old /home.old /var.old

Step 4 Install cuda

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install openssh-server net-tools rclone

Then follow the Nvidia instructions using the Package Manager method and deb(network) installer type. This doesn’t quite work as you need to do a

sudo apt purge nvidia-*
sudo apt autoremove
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

before installing cuda

sudo apt install cuda=10.2.89-1

In ~/.profile add

export PATH=/usr/local/cuda/bin${PATH:+:${PATH}}
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/cuda-10.2/lib64${LD_LIBRARY_PATH:+:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}}

Step 5 Install anaconda/pytorch

Install anaconda

conda install pytorch torchvision cudatoolkit=10.2 -c pytorch

Seems to work

(base) cruxml@amberjack:~$ cat /proc/driver/nvidia/version
NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  450.51.06  Sun Jul 19 20:02:54 UTC 2020
GCC version:  gcc version 7.5.0 (Ubuntu 7.5.0-3ubuntu1~18.04) 
(base) cruxml@amberjack:~$ python
Python 3.8.3 (default, Jul  2 2020, 16:21:59) 
[GCC 7.3.0] :: Anaconda, Inc. on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import torch
>>> torch.cuda.current_device()
>>> torch.cuda.device(0)
<torch.cuda.device object at 0x7fa9a5fab310>
>>> torch.cuda.get_device_name(0)
'GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER'

Step 6 Install docker

sudo apt update

sudo apt install
sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker
sudo usermod -aG docker cruxml

You need to log out and log in again for the group change to work.

Step 7 Install other stuff

sudo apt install hddtemp lm-sensors nvme-cli
sudo sensors-detect --auto # unfortunately didn't find anything!
sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt update
sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Step 8 Vivado

Installed Vitis

sudo sh Xilinx_Unified_2019.2_1106_2127_Lin64.bin
# installed to /opt instead of /tools

The following did not work:

sudo apt install ./xrt_201920.2.3.1301_18.04-xrt.deb

So I installed XRT from the instructions


export VITIS_AI_HOME=$HOME/src/xilinx/Vitis-AI
export SDX_PLATFORM=$HOME/src/xilinx/ULTRA96V2/ULTRA96V2.xpfm
cd /opt/Xilinx/Vitis/2019.2
cd /opt/xilinx/xrt
cd $TRD_HOME/prj/Vitis

Step 9 Install Balena Etcher

Follow instructions at

Step XX (Decided against running ubuntu under windows 10)

How to set up Ubuntu 18.04 under Hyper-V

  1. Right click on the Windows button and select ‘Apps and Features’.
  2. Select Programs and Features on the right under related settings.
  3. Select Turn Windows Features on or off.
  4. Select Hyper-V and click OK.

I then mounted my home samba shared disk:

  1. In File explorer, right click on the PC -> Add a Network Location -> \machinename\back1

Then install Ubuntu.

  1. In Hyper-V manager (Quick create).
  2. I wanted the virtual hard disk to be on the E: drive. Edit the settings of the VM and edit the Virtual Hard Disk” to convert the image from C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks to E:\srv\amberjack\hyperv\ubuntu-hd1.

Don’t upgrade to 20.04!


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