NVIDIA CUDA Installation Guide

The following describes how to enable NVIDIA GPU on your AVA/AADP Developer Platform.

Before you start (configure Ubuntu 20.04)

1. Log into your AVA/AADP Developer Platform using the root password.

2. Update the apt-get package manager by executing the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Note: This command makes sure that you have the latest packages and repositories updated in your package manager.

Once the command execution is completed, you can proceed to install your NVDIA CUDA.

Step 1: Installing Ubuntu Server GUI

Install tasksel

1. To install Ubuntu Server GUI (graphical user interface), we suggest using tasksel, a tool that can install multiple packages in one coordinated process.

2. To install tasksel and Ubuntu Server GUI, please run the following commands in sequence and select the software you want to install, as exemplified below.

sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel

[Ubuntu Linux install Gnome desktop on server using tasksel

Note: To select a software, simply move to it and press [SPACE].

Once finished, please reboot your system.

Step 2: Installing CUDA-11.6 for Arm

First, check your driver is of the correct version by using the following command.

sudo dpkg -l | grep nvidia

Download CUDA-11.6

1. On NVIDIA’s website https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-download, select the corresponding CUDA for Arm (11.6).

CUDA install select

2. Execute the following commands in sequence to install.

CUDA install commands

Once installed, you can go to ‘’/usr/local/‘’to check the version of the CUDA installed.

Export Path

3. For the CUDA to work, you need to set the path pointing to CUDA binaries by executing the following commands.

export CUDA_HOME = /usr/local/cuda-11.6
export PATH = $PATH: $CUDA_HOME/bin
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH = ${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}: /usr/local/cuda-11.6/lib64

4. Exit and then save changes

source  .bashrc

5. After installing, go to the home directory and run the following commands to check your CUDA version to finish. If the nvidia-smi command doesn’t work, please reboot your system and try again.

nvcc --version

Step 3: Installing cuDNN-11.8 for Arm

1. To download cuDNN libraries, go to https://developer.nvidia.com/cudnn and click Download cuDNN. You will need to log into your NVIDIA developer account.

2. After logging in and accepting their terms and conditions, select the installer for ubuntu 20.04 aarch64sbsaa (Deb).
3. To install, you can use the following dpkg commands.

sudo dpkg -i <cuddnn file name>
dpkg -l | grep nvidia

dpkg -l | grep cuda

Step 4: Installing TensorRT

1. Go to https://developer.nvidia.com/tensorrt.
2. Click Download now and select the TensorRT ARM SBSA according to your ubuntu and cuda environment. Agree to their license terms to download.

Install using deb package

3. To install using deb package, execute the following commands in sequence.

sudo dpkg -i  nv-tensorrt-repo-ubuntu1x04-cudax.x-trt5.x.x.x-ga-yyyymmdd_1-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-key add /var/nv-tensorrt-repo-cudax.x-trt5.x.x.x-ga-yyyymmdd/7fa2af80.pub
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tensorrt

  • If you run into the following error during installation, you can try resolving it by installing the dependencies one by one manually.

cd /var/nv-tensorrt-repo-ubuntu2004-cuda11.4-trt8.2.3.0-ga-20220113

dpkg -i libnvinfer-dev_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvonnxparsers-dev_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i python3-libnvinfer-dev_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i graphsurgeon-tf_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvinfer-doc_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_all.deb
dpkg -i libnvparsers8_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libcudnn8_8.2.1.32-1+cuda11.3_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvinfer-plugin8_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvparsers-dev_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libcudnn8-dev_8.2.1.32-1+cuda11.3_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvinfer-plugin-dev_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i onnx-graphsurgeon_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i tensorrt_8.2.3.0-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvinfer8_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvinfer-samples_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_all.deb
dpkg -i uff-converter-tf_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvinfer-bin_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i libnvonnxparsers8_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb
dpkg -i python3-libnvinfer_8.2.3-1+cuda11.4_arm64.deb

  • If you would like to run the samples that require ONNX graphsurgeon or use the Python module for your project, run:
sudo apt install python3-pip
python3 -m pip install numpy onnx
sudo apt-get install onnx-graphsurgeon

4. Verify your installation by running the following command.
dpkg -l | grep TensorRT
You should see something similar to the following.

Benchmarking TensorRT

Download onnx

5. Go to https://github.com/onnx/models/blob/master/vision/classification/efficientnet-lite4/model/efficientnet-lite4-11.onnx and download it.

6. Once downloaded, go to its download directory and run the following commands.

/usr/src/tensorrt/bin/trtexec –help

/usr/src/tensorrt/bin/trtexec --onnx=/home/adlink/Downloads/efficientnet-lite4-11.onnx --verbose --saveEngine=/home/adlink/Downloads/efficientnet-lite4-11.onnx.int8.engine –i nt8