Nvidia GPU monitoring with Netdata

Monitors performance metrics (memory usage, fan speed, pcie bandwidth utilization, temperature, etc.) using nvidia-smi cli tool.

Requirements and Notes:

  • You must have the nvidia-smi tool installed and your NVIDIA GPU(s) must support the tool. Mostly the newer high end models used for AI / ML and Crypto or Pro range, read more about nvidia_smi.

  • You must enable this plugin as its disabled by default due to minor performance issues.

  • On some systems when the GPU is idle the nvidia-smi tool unloads and there is added latency again when it is next queried. If you are running GPUs under constant workload this isn't likely to be an issue.

  • Currently the nvidia-smi tool is being queried via cli. Updating the plugin to use the nvidia c/c++ API directly should resolve this issue. See discussion here: https://github.com/netdata/netdata/pull/4357

  • Contributions are welcome.

  • Make sure netdata user can execute /usr/bin/nvidia-smi or wherever your binary is.

  • If nvidia-smi process is not killed after netdata restart you need to off loop_mode.

  • poll_seconds is how often in seconds the tool is polled for as an integer.

It produces:

  1. Per GPU

    • GPU utilization
    • memory allocation
    • memory utilization
    • fan speed
    • power usage
    • temperature
    • clock speed
    • PCI bandwidth


Edit the python.d/nvidia_smi.conf configuration file using edit-config from the your agent's config directory, which is typically at /etc/netdata.

cd /etc/netdata # Replace this path with your Netdata config directory, if different
sudo ./edit-config python.d/nvidia_smi.conf


loop_mode : yes
poll_seconds : 1
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