Tutorials - How to build CUDA and OpenCL SDK Examples

How to build CUDA and OpenCL SDK Examples on the head node

The cluster has been configured to allow CUDA/OpenCL applications to be compiled on the head node (which has no GPUs) for later execution on a GPU node. The following tutorial provides the steps to build and test the example applications provided with the NVIDIA SDK. The tutorial is written against CUDA Toolkit 3.1 but has information on how to use other versions of the toolkit.

  1. Log on to the head node.
  2. Next set up the environment with the modules command
  3. You can see which modules are available for cuda with the following command:

    module avail cuda

    Load the required module (e.g. for 3.1)

    module load cuda/3.1

  4. Obtain the SDK from NVIDIA.
  5. This can be found through the download links on the NVIDIA gpucomputing website: http://developer.nvidia.com/object/gpucomputing.html

    For example the 3.1 "GPU Computing SDK code samples" can be found in the Linux section of the CUDA 3.1 download page:

    You can download this SDK using the following command: wget http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/3_1/sdk/gpucomputingsdk_3.1_linux.run

  6. Install the SDK
  7. Change the mode of the downloaded file to be executable

    chmod +x gpucomputingsdk_3.1_linux.run

    Then run it to install it in your home folder (referred to by "~/")


    This will install the default directory ~/NVIDIA_GPU_Computing_SDK and locate the cuda version specified in step 2. (e.g. /usr/local/cuda/3.1/cuda)

  8. To build CUDA "C" examples
  9. cd ~/NVIDIA_GPU_Computing_SDK/C/

    To verify, the following executable should exist and produce "cudaGetDeviceCount FAILED" on the head node (with no GPU) and "There are 2 devices supporting CUDA" on a node with GPUs.


  10. To build OpenCL examples
  11. The SDK requires the correct version of libOpenCL.so to be placed in ~/NVIDIA_GPU_Computing_SDK/OpenCL/common/lib

    The OpenCL library for a particular version is found under the location:


    To copy and build the examples execute the following commands:

    cp /usr/local/cuda/3.1/cuda/lib64/libOpenCL.so ~/NVIDIA_GPU_Computing_SDK/OpenCL/common/lib
    cd ~/NVIDIA_GPU_Computing_SDK/OpenCL

    To verify, the following executable should exist and produce "Error -1001 in clGetPlatformIDs Call !!!" on the head node (with no GPU) and "2 devices found supporting OpenCL" on a node with GPUs.


  12. To test CUDA/OpenCL applications
  13. To execute any CUDA or OpenCL code requires a GPU enabled node. You can access a GPU enabled node interactively using the command "qsub -q gpu -I" along with other options you need before the "-I". The -I means interactive.

    For example to request a GPU node for 1 hour use:
    qsub -q gpu -l walltime=1:0:0 -I

    If you do not use a GPU enabled node, errors of no CUDA device found will be reported.

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