Supported CUDA Level of GPU and Card. See direct also Nvidia:
CUDA SDK 6.5: Last Version with support for Compute Capability 1.x (Tesla)
CUDA SDK 7.5 support for Compute Capability 2.0 – 5.x (Fermi, Kepler, Maxwell)
CUDA SDK 8.0 support for Compute Capability 2.0 – 6.x (Fermi, Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal), last version with support for Compute Capability 2.x (Fermi)
CUDA SDK 9.0 support for Compute Capability 3.0 – 7.x (Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal, Volta)
I’m guessing this means that my problem is with my version of cuda… My cards compute capability is 2.1 and by this reference the version I have installed (cuda9.0) doesn’t support 2.1. I suppose I will try to install the earlier version.
Your diagnosis is correct. GTX 550 Ti is a device with compute capability 2.1 and as such not supported by CUDA 9. CUDA 8 is the most suitable choice: the latest release with support for your GPU and generally of high quality with only minor issues. Note that a refreshed version of CUDA 8 shipped in early 2017. When you run
what does is the output? If you see a date from early 2017 and a version number like 8.0.6x (for some value of x), that would indicate the refreshed version of CUDA 8.
That is clearly the CUDA 7.5 toolchain, not the CUDA 8.0 toolchain.
I am reasonably sure none of the popular deep learning frameworks supports GPUs with compute capability < 3.0. You would definitely want to invest in new hardware if you are interested in deep learning. The very reasonably priced Geforce GTX 1050 Ti would already outperform the Geforce GTX 550 you have now.
Yeah, my group has been using tensorflow for our backend but I had these two nvidia cards sitting in my machine and I thought I would try to utilize the gpu supported version and run our model on the cards. Had I understood anything about the “Compute Capability” measurement I would have put it together before going all the way through everything haha. Tensorflow clearly states on their site that you need 3.0 or higher cards. I did learn a great deal about installing cuda and cudnn and when I can get some new cards and fix my multiple cuda installations. I’ll be gtg. Thanks for helping me. 8)