NVIDIA K80 end of support

In June 2022, NVIDIA announced the upcoming end of support (EOS) of the NVIDIA K80 GPU model. For Google Cloud, NVIDIA K80 GPUs will reach EOS on May 1, 2024.

What do I need to know

As of May 1, 2024, you won't be able to create or access any VMs that are running NVIDIA K80 GPUs.

How will this EOS impact my existing virtual machine (VM) instances

Until May 1, 2024, your VMs that are running NVIDIA K80 GPUs are not affected.

However, your projects might be at risk because you are running a GPU model that is approaching its EOS. EOS products or features are not supported by Google Cloud.

What do I need to do

  1. For VMs that have attached NVIDIA K80 GPUs, select another GPU model. We recommend the NVIDIA T4 GPUs.
  2. Make a note of the machine type that is supported for the selected GPU model.
  3. Review the available GPU regions and zones for that GPU model.
  4. Complete one of the following:

Move to a new VM

You must move to a new VM if the new GPU model is not supported in the zone of the existing VM, or if you are switching to a GPU that runs on an accelerator-optimized machine type.

To move to a new VM, complete the following steps:

  1. If your existing VM uses local SSD disks that contain data you want to keep, move the contents of those disks to a persistent disk.

  2. Create a new VM and specify your new GPU model.

  3. Move persistent disks from the old VM to the new VM. You can do this by detaching the persistent disk from the old VM and adding it to the new VM. You can alternatively transfer files from one VM to the other.

  4. Optional: Move the saved data from persistent disks back to a local SSD.

  5. Reassign any static IP addresses associated with the original VM to the new VM.

  6. Install GPU drivers on the VM.

  7. Install your applications on the new VM.

  8. Delete the old VM.

Modify your existing VM

If the new GPU model that you chose is supported in the same zone, and uses the N1 general-purpose machine type, you can modify your existing VM to switch from an NVIDIA K80 to the new GPU model.

  1. Check that you have enough quota for the new GPU type.
  2. Verify that all of your critical applications are stopped on the VM.

  3. In the Google Cloud console, go to the VM instances page to see your list of VMs.

    Go to VM instances

  4. Click the name of the VM that is running the NVIDIA K80 GPU. The VM instance details page opens.

  5. Complete the following steps from the VM instance details page.

    1. Click Stop. You can check the notification panel to see when the VM is stopped.

    2. Click Edit and then complete the following steps:

      1. In the Machine configuration section, select the GPU machine family.
      2. From the GPU type drop-down, change the GPU model from NVIDIA K80 to your new GPU model.
  6. To apply your changes, click Save.

  7. To restart the VM, click Start/Resume.

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