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Part 2: Provision

What Will You Do

In this part of the self-paced exercise, you will provision an Amazon EKS cluster with a GPU node group based on a declarative cluster specification and create an Amazon S3 bucket which will contain the inference server models.

Step 1: Cluster Spec

  • Open Terminal (on macOS/Linux) or Command Prompt (Windows) and navigate to the folder where you forked the Git repository
  • Navigate to the folder "/getstarted/tritoneks/cluster"

The "eks-gpu-triton.yaml" file contains the declarative specification for our Amazon EKS Cluster.

Cluster Details

The following items may need to be updated/customized if you made changes to these or used alternate names.

  • cluster name: eks-gpu-triton
  • cloud provider: aws-cloud-credential
  • project: defaultproject
  • region: us-west-2
  • ami: ami-0114d85734fee93fb

Step 2: Provision Cluster

  • On your command line, navigate to the "cluster" sub folder
  • Type the command
rctl apply -f eks-gpu-triton.yaml

If there are no errors, you will be presented with a "Task ID" that you can use to check progress/status. Note that this step requires creation of infrastructure in your AWS account and can take ~20-30 minutes to complete.

  "taskset_id": "72dqj3m",
  "operations": [
      "operation": "ClusterCreation",
      "resource_name": "eks-gpu-triton",
      "operation": "NodegroupCreation",
      "resource_name": "t3-nodegroup",
      "operation": "NodegroupCreation",
      "resource_name": "gpu-nodegroup",
      "operation": "BlueprintSync",
      "resource_name": "eks-gpu-triton",
  "comments": "The status of the operations can be fetched using taskset_id",
  • Navigate to the project in your Org
  • Click on Infrastructure -> Clusters. You should see something like the following

Provisioning in Process

  • Click on the cluster name to monitor progress

Provisioning in Process

Step 3: Verify Cluster

Once provisioning is complete, you should see a healthy cluster in the web console

Provisioned Cluster

  • Click on the kubectl link and type the following command
kubectl get nodes -o wide

You should see something like the following

NAME                                          STATUS   ROLES    AGE   VERSION                INTERNAL-IP     EXTERNAL-IP     OS-IMAGE             KERNEL-VERSION                  CONTAINER-RUNTIME   Ready    <none>   16m   v1.24.10        Ubuntu 20.04.6 LTS   5.15.0-1034-aws                 containerd://1.6.12   Ready    <none>   17m   v1.24.13-eks-0a21954   <none>          Amazon Linux 2       5.10.179-166.674.amzn2.x86_64   containerd://1.6.19

Step 3: Remove EKS GPU Daemonset

You will now remove the EKS installed Nvidia daemonset. This daemonset will install the GPU drivers. However, we will be using the Nvidia Operator which will install the needed drivers.

  • Navigate to Infrastructure -> Clusters
  • Click on Resources on the cluster card
  • Click on DaemonSets on the left hand side of the page
  • Find the daemonset with the name nvidia-device-plugin-daemonset
  • Click on the actions button next to the previously located daemonset
  • Click Delete
  • Click Yes to confirm the deletion

Delete Daemonset

Step 4: Clone Triton Git Repository

You will now clone the Triton Git Repository to your machine. This repository contains the models that will be used in this guide.

  • Clone the Git repository to your laptop using the command below.
git clone
  • Once complete, you should see a folder called server which contains the models and other resources.

Step 5: Update Models

We must update the models with the latest data. To do this, we will run a shell script.

  • Navigate to server/docs/examples in the previously cloned Triton repository
  • Run the script to update the models

Step 6: Create S3 Bucket

The Triton Server needs a repository of models that it will make available for inferencing. For this example you will place the model repository in an AWS S3 Storage bucket. You will use the AWS CLI to create an S3 bucket. We will then copy example models into the bucket. These models will be used by the inference server in a later step.

  • Run the following command to create an S3 bucket
aws s3 mb s3://triton-inference-server-repo
  • Run the following command to copy the models from the clones Triton repository to the S3 bucket
aws s3 cp --recursive docs/examples/model_repository s3://triton-inference-server-repo/model_repository

You should now see the models in your S3 bucket

s3 Bucket


Congratulations! At this point, you have successfully configured and provisioned an Amazon EKS cluster with a GPU node group in your AWS account using the RCTL CLI and created an Amazon S3 bucket with inference models. You are now ready to move on to the next step where you will create a deploy a custom cluster blueprint that contains the Nvidia GPU Operator as an addon.