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AWS Air-gapped GPU: Create an Image

Create an Image using Konvoy Image Builder (KIB) for use in an air-gapped cluster


The default AWS image is not recommended for use in production. We suggest using Konvoy Image Builder to create an AWS Air-gapped AMI to take advantage of enhanced cluster operations. Explore the KIB with AWS topics for more options.

Using KIB, you can build an AMI without requiring access to the internet by providing an additional --override flag.

  1. Assuming you have downloaded dkp-air-gapped-bundle_v2.5.2_linux_amd64.tar.gz , extract the tarball to a local directory:

    tar -xzvf dkp-air-gapped-bundle_v2.5.2_linux_amd64.tar.gz && cd dkp-v2.5.2/kib
  2. Follow the instructions below to build an AMI.

Build the GPU Image

Using the Konvoy Image Builder, you can build an image that has support to use NVIDIA GPU hardware to support GPU workloads.

NOTE: The NVIDIA driver requires a specific Linux kernel version. Make sure that the base image for the OS version has the required kernel version.

See Supported Infrastructure Operating Systems for a list of OS versions and the corresponding kernel versions known to work with the NVIDIA driver.

If the NVIDIA runfile installer has not been downloaded, then retrieve and install the download first by running the following command. The first line in the command below downloads and installs the runfile and the second line places it in the artifacts directory (you must create an artifacts directory if you don’t already have one).

curl -O
mv artifacts

DKP supported NVIDIA driver version is 470.x.

To build an image for use on GPU enabled hardware, perform the following steps.

  1. In your overrides/nvidia.yaml file, add the following to enable GPU builds. You can also access and use the overrides repo or in the documentation under Nvidia GPU Override File or Offline Nvidia Override file.

    1. Non-air-gapped GPU override:

          - nvidia
      build_name_extra: "-nvidia"
    2. Air-gapped GPU override:

      # Use this file when building a machine image, not as a override secret for preprovisioned environments
      nvidia_runfile_local_file: "{{ playbook_dir}}/../artifacts/{{ nvidia_runfile_installer }}"
          - nvidia
      build_name_extra: "-nvidia"

  2. Build your image using the following Konvoy Image Builder commands, making sure to include the flag --instance-type that specifies an AWS instance that has an available GPU:
    AWS Example:

    konvoy-image build --region us-east-1 --instance-type=p2.xlarge --source-ami=ami-12345abcdef images/ami/centos-7.yaml --overrides overrides/nvidia.yaml

    In this example, we chose an instance type with an NVIDIA GPU using the --instance-type flag, and we provided the NVIDIA overrides using the --overrides flag. See KIB with AWS for more information on creating an AMI.

Additional helpful information can be found in the NVIDIA Device Plug-in for Kubernetes instructions and the Installation Guide of Supported Platforms.

See also: NVIDIA documentation

Next Steps:

AWS Air-gapped GPU: Load the Registry

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