1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 6, 2017 4:01 PM by rob-g

    S7150 MxGPU Installation woes

    rob-g

      Hi, hope someone can shed some light on my (S7150 install) issues.

       

      Firstly, Server Specs.:

      Motherboard: Supermicro X10SRH-CF BIOS Rev. 2.0a

      Processor: Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4

      Memory: 64MB

      ESXI 6.5 (Full licence) with various Windows server and Win10 VM’s

      AMD S7150

      Intel 10G Dual NIC

      Installed host drivers:

      amdgpuv-1.05-1OEM.650.0.0.4598673.x86_64-CL1424097.vib

      amdgpuv-cim-1.00-6.5.0-4598673.vib

       

      Zero Clients:

      Dell/Wyse P45 and P25

       

      I would like to run some CAD applications from the Win 10 VM’s on the server via the Zero clients/Horizon View and have the 3D acceleration/capabilities for manipulating 3D models, rendering and surveillance.

       

      I tried to follow this guide:

      https://www2.ati.com/relnotes/amd_mxgpu_deploymentguide_vmware.pdf

       

      I installed the card and went through the motions of enabling SR-IOV, memory mapping above 4GB (above 4G decoding), ASPM, MMIO High size etc.

      I also installed the VIB drivers downloaded from the AMD drivers site. After the installation I could see 16 AMD GPU’s available for passthrough in the ESXI web client, however on passing through one of these GPU’s the VM would always fail to start (Module 'DevicePowerOn' power on failed).

      Somewhere along the line all this fell apart and I could no longer boot the Server, where it hung on PCIE initiation. I had to reset the CMOS and revert back to the default settings.

       

      This is where my ignorance shines through – in the guide there is mention of configuring MxGPU’s via the Vsphere client plugin, I don’t have Vsphere client other than the 6.5 web client and the Vsphere client 6.0.0 and no idea how to configure the S7150 and assign GPU’s to VM’s via said client.

       

      I can revert to the default BIOS settings and successfully passthrough the card directly to one VM, however this defeats the purpose of MxGPU.

       

      Default BIOS settings:

       

       

      So, if someone would be so kind as to explain what BIOS settings I should have for the above motherboard, and how to install and configure a Vsphere client to assign GPU’s to VM’s, and also any VM settings, I would be most grateful! TIA...

        • Re: S7150 MxGPU Installation woes
          rob-g

          Never mind, figured it out:

          Install Vcenter appliance via Windows server to ESXI host

          create data center in Vcenter

          add host (ESXI host)

          install MxGPU plugin

          ensure card is not passed through prior to above.

          Might be another way but this worked for me - eventually.

          Hope this helps anyone who might end up in same situation...

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