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The NVIDIA CUDA Deep Neural Network library (cuDNN) is a GPU-accelerated library of primitives for deep neural networks. cuDNN provides highly tuned implementations for standard routines such as forward and backward convolution, pooling, normalization, and activation layers. cuDNN is part of the NVIDIA Deep Learning SDK.


Only GPU-enabled nodes are able to run the library.

Load the appropriate cuDNN version (and implicitly load a specified CUDA version) with one of the following commands:

module load cuDNN/
module load cuDNN/
module load cuDNN/
module load cuDNN/
module load cuDNN/

Installation notes

This section is primarily for administrators of the system.

All cuDNN installs were installed using eponymous EasyBuild easyconfigs.

cuDNN installation .tgz files must be located in /usr/local/media/eb-srcs/c/cuDNN/ before cuDNN can be installed via EasyBuild. The cuDNN library is only available to download through the NVIDIA Developer portal.

cuDNN can be tested by logging in to the Developer Portal and downloading the cuDNN Code Samples and User Guide for Ubuntu18.04 (Deb) for the versions of CUDA and cuDNN you want to test. You can then extract some sample programs from this file using something like the following:

pushd ${TMPDIR-tmp}
ar x path/to/libcudnn7-doc_7.6.4.38-1+cuda10.1_amd64.deb
tar -Jxf data.tar.xz
cd ./usr/src/cudnn_samples_v7/mnistCUDNN/

Then build and run the mnistCUDNN sample program using: