How to select a single GPU in Keras

Scenario: You have multiple GPUs on a single machine running Linux, but you want to use just one. By default, Keras allocates memory to all GPUs unless you specify otherwise. You use a Jupyter Notebook to run Keras with the Tensorflow backend.

Here’s how to use a single GPU in Keras with TensorFlow

Run this bit of code in a cell right at the start of your notebook (before importing tensorflow or keras).

import os
# The GPU id to use, usually either "0" or "1";
# Do other imports now...
import keras

And that’s it!

If you’re not sure what your GPU id is, run this command in the terminal on the machine with the GPUs on it:


And you should see something like this:

| NVIDIA-SMI 384.90                 Driver Version: 384.90                    |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|   0  TITAN X (Pascal)    Off  | 00000000:01:00.0 Off |                  N/A |
| 23%   39C    P8    18W / 250W |   2464MiB / 12188MiB |      0%      Default |
|   1  GeForce GTX TIT...  Off  | 00000000:07:00.0 Off |                  N/A |
| 22%   34C    P8    13W / 250W |     11MiB / 12207MiB |      0%      Default |

Here we have two GPUs, where the leftmost column indicates the GPU ids are 0 and 1 (and GPU 0 is currently in use).

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