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Raptor Talos II Secure Workstation Setup Guide

This repository provides a comprehensive guide for setting up a Raptor Talos II Secure Workstation for AI, machine learning and robotics software development.

This system's motherboard has a dual-socket configuration and can support 4, 8, 18 and 22-core IBM Power9 CPUs.

Installation checklist

Operating system install

Install Ubuntu-18.04 LTS on a Raptor Talos II Power9 system:

  • Ubuntu-18.04 LTS for ppc64el, server, ubuntu-desktop.

  • NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver v418.67 for ppc64el, tested with the following GPUs:

    • Tesla V100 with 16GB HBM2
    • Titan-V with 12GB HBM2
    • Quadro RTX 8000 with 48GB GDDR6
    • GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB GDDR6
    • Quadro P6000 with 24GB GDDR5

Graphics and acceleration libraries.

Install NVIDIA graphics and acceleration libraries:

  • NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver 418.87
  • CUDA-10.1
  • cuDNN-
  • TensorRT-
  • NCCL-2.4.7

Remote desktop access.

Compile libjpeg-turbo, VirtualGL and TurboVNC from sources:

  • libjpeg-turbo v2.0.2, compiled from source, branch: 2.0.2, commit id: a4aa30d9a080bbc50421285049e4379dcaf8a669
  • VirtualGL v2.6.3, compiled from source, branch: master, commit id: b74c7b86f21703b201682e2078e1188fc46c3b1f
  • TurboVNC v2.2.2, compiled from source, branch: master, commit id: 8cf390455d62dfd50595f9edfc53bc1349a4c481

Choose any one of the following options to configuring remote desktop access:

Common development libraries.

  • GoogleTest, built from source, branch: master, commit id: 90a443f9c2437ca8a682a1ac625eba64e1d74a8a.

Common development tools.

  • CLion-2019.2 with OpenJDK 11.0.4 2019-07-16.
  • PyCharm-2019.2 with OpenJDK 11.0.4 2019-07-16.


  • docker-ce on ppc64el.
  • nvidia-docker2 on ppc64el, verify nvidia gpu access from docker container on ppc64el.
  • kubernetes v1.14.3 on ppc64el.
  • grafana dashboard.
  • kubeflow.

Game engines.

  • UE4.22.3 port to ppc64le.
  • UE4.23.1 port to ppc64le.

Machine learning libraries.

Machine learning libraries:

  • TensorFlow-2.0.0-beta1, compiled from source, branch: 2.0.0. commit id: ``
  • PyTorch-1.2.0, compiled from source, branch: v1.2.0. commit id: ``

Robotics libraries.

  • ROS1 Melodic Morena, compile from source for ppc64el.
  • ROS2 Dashing Diademata, compile from source for ppc64el.

Robotics simulation environments and software development kits.

  • OpenAI Gym
  • NVIDIA Isaac SDK, UE4.22.3 sim.


Setup guides for Raptor Talos II Secure Workstation based on IBM's Power9 CPU.




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