GPU - Get Started

Virtual machines equipped with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. Ideal for complex processing and GPU-optimized workloads.

Create a Linode account to try this guide with a $ credit.
This credit will be applied to any valid services used during your first  days.
In some cases, a $100 deposit may be required to deploy GPU Compute Instances. This may include new accounts that have been active for less than 90 days and accounts that have spent less than $100 on Linode services. If you are unable to deploy GPU instances, contact Support for assistance.

Deploy a GPU Linode Instance

  1. Log in to the Cloud Manager with the username and password you created when signing up.

  2. At the top of the page, click Create and select Linode.

  3. Select the Distribution, Marketplace App, or Image you would like to use.

    Be sure to select a distribution that’s compatible with the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit. Review NVIDIA’s System Requirements to learn which distributions are supported.
  4. Choose the region where you would like your Linode to reside. If you’re not sure which to select, see our How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the route path between you and a data center in each specific region.

  5. Select a GPU Linode plan.

  6. Give your Linode a label. This is a name to help you easily identify it within the Cloud Manager’s Dashboard. If desired, assign a tag to the Linode in the Add Tags field.

  7. Create a root password for your Linode in the Root Password field. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH. The password must meet the complexity strength validation requirements for a strong password. Your root password can be used to perform any action on your server, so make it long, complex, and unique.

  8. Click Create. You are directed back to the Linode’s page, and this page reports the status of your Linode as it boots up. You can now use the Cloud Manager to:

    • Boot and shut down your Linode

    • Access monitoring statistics

    • Update your billing and account information

    • Add additional Linode services, like Block Storage

    • Open a support ticket and perform other administrative tasks

  9. Be sure to bookmark the Linode Status page or subscribe to our system status updates by email.

  10. After the Linode GPU is online, install the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit:

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