NVIDIA Grace MGX + Canonical Support

11 December 2023

As of Dec 2023, the following recommendations for OS/kernel to use for both pre-production and production samples of Grace MGX systems, including Grace-Grace and Grace-Hopper based systems.

Recommendations for Grace MGX Systems

Timing Partners & Early MGX Customers General MGX Consumers
Today (Dec 2023) Using this pre-tested 22.04 LTS daily installer image, select the “HWE kernel” installation option and then migrate to the linux-nvidia HWE1 kernel. [see instructions below] N/A
Early 2024 (Feb 2024) Once Ubuntu 22.04.4 LTS is available here, select the “HWE kernel” installation option and then migrate to the linux-nvidia HWE1 kernel. [see instructions below] N/A
Future (April/May 2024) Install Ubuntu 24.04 LTS and use the default linux-generic kernel, or optionally migrate to the linux-generic-64k3 kernel. Ubuntu Server 24.04 LTS certified hardware once your server is publicly listed on ubuntu.com/certified2

Instructions:
Migrating to a linux-nvidia HWE kernel:
1. Install Ubuntu 22.04 with the HWE kernel option
2. After install and reboot, install the linux-nvidia-hwe or linux-nvidia-64k-hwe3 kernel:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install linux-nvidia-hwe-22.04

– or –

$ sudo apt install linux-nvidia-64k-hwe-22.04

3. Reboot:
$ sudo reboot

Migrating to a linux-generic-64k kernel
4. Install Ubuntu 24.04
5. After install and reboot, install the linux-generic-64k3 kernel:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install linux-generic-64k


6. Reboot:
$ sudo reboot

Footnotes:
[1] Today the HWE version is 6.2, in February 2024 it will transition to 6.5, and in August 2024 it will transition to the kernel version underpinning 24.04.
[2] Depending on server certification and partner program, see below for more information.
[3] A 64k kernel is recommended for performance when running GPU workloads

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