The howto at the top worked flawlessly for me. The only glich I’ve encountered is that I didn’t start by putting the Data and the Weights folders in \DL1. It was a bit baffling to see and be able to open the data folder in the notebook, but get a ‘file not found’ when running dogbreed.
I bought a refurbished Dell 3010 from nvblindchildren.org for $150 and got a GeForce GT 1030 card for $85. The only risky decision was to ignore the 300 watt power supply minimum called for by the card maker.
Please, no sneering at my wimpy rig. It works, it is always available AND I can leave it on for days or weeks and not worry about hourly charges.
I’m not sure whether to include the cost of the KVM, but it makes it easy to keep working on other stuff while I wait for epochs to run. It’s a TesMark HDMI 4 port, cost: $120. I had planned to get it anyway.
I’m confident the rig is good, because I get a true response when I run
however Task Manager shows 100% sometimes for the CPU and the highest I’ve seen on the GPU was 10%. Are there any better tools for monitoring GPU utilization?
I came across a comment somewhere that if the GPU is installed correctly, it’s really up to proper application of the driving software to get maximum utilization. My tech skills are stone age imho. I don’t know where to look, but I’ve got a hunch that I’m not getting the most I could out of the GPU. Then again, I don’t want to melt a hole in the motherboard.
Off topic comments follow:
I realize it would be far easier on Jeremy if he weren’t targeting Windows as a platform on which the training can be conducted. Its a real distraction from the enormous effort that goes into conduction the classes, guiding actual students and keeping the course work up to date.
I hereby send a big THANK YOU to him and his staff. Please keep up the brilliant work.