Exoscale SKS allows you to run GPU-accelerated workloads, such as Machine Learning (ML), data analytics, and video transcoding, on your cluster. In this documentation, we will guide you through the steps to enable GPU support in Exoscale SKS nodes.


As a prerequisite for the following documentation, you need:

  • An Exoscale SKS cluster on the Pro plan.
  • An organization with at least one GPU instance type authorized.
  • Access to your cluster via kubectl.
  • Basic Linux knowledge.

If you do not have access to an SKS cluster, follow the Quick Start Guide.

Enabling GPU Support in SKS

To use GPUs in Kubernetes, the NVIDIA Device Plugin is required. The NVIDIA Device Plugin is a DaemonSet that automatically enumerates the number of GPUs on each node of the cluster and allows Pods to run on GPUs.

To enable GPU support in Exoscale SKS nodes, you need to deploy the following DaemonSet:

kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/NVIDIA/k8s-device-plugin/main/nvidia-device-plugin.yml


This is a simple static DaemonSet meant to demonstrate the basic features of the nvidia-device-plugin.

Running and testing GPU Jobs

With the DaemonSet deployed, NVIDIA GPUs can now be requested by a container using the nvidia.com/gpu resource type:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  name: gpu-pod
  restartPolicy: Never
    - name: cuda-container
      image: nvcr.io/nvidia/k8s/cuda-sample:vectoradd-cuda10.2
          nvidia.com/gpu: 1 # requesting 1 GPU
  - key: nvidia.com/gpu
    operator: Exists
    effect: NoSchedule
kubectl logs gpu-pod
[Vector addition of 50000 elements]
Copy input data from the host memory to the CUDA device
CUDA kernel launch with 196 blocks of 256 threads
Copy output data from the CUDA device to the host memory