Creating an instance with a GPU

Before you create an instance with a GPU, select which boot disk image you want to use for the instance, and ensure that the appropriate GPU driver is installed.

If you are using GPUs for machine learning, you can use a Deep Learning VM image for your instance. The Deep Learning VM images have GPU drivers pre-installed, and include packages such as TensorFlow and PyTorch. You can also use the Deep Learning VM images for general GPU workloads. For information on the images available, and the packages installed on the images, see the Deep Learning VM documentation.

You can also use any public image or custom image, but some images might require a unique driver or install process that is not covered in this guide. You must identify what drivers are appropriate for your images.

For steps to install drivers, see installing GPU drivers.

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