The ROCm System Management Interface Library, or ROCm SMI library, is part of the Radeon Open Compute ROCm software stack . It is a C library for Linux that provides a user space interface for applications to monitor and control GPU applications.
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In order to build the ROCm SMI library, the following components are required. Note that the software versions listed are what was used in development. Earlier versions are not guaranteed to work:
- CMake (v3.5.0)
- g++ (5.4.0)
In order to build the latest documentation, the following are required:
- Python 3.8+
- NPM (sass)
The source code for ROCm SMI is available on Github.
After the ROCm SMI library git repository has been cloned to a local Linux machine, building the library is achieved by following the typical CMake build sequence. Specifically,
The built library will appear in the
To build the rpm and deb packages follow the above steps with:
The following is an example of how to build the docs:
In order to verify the build and capability of ROCm SMI on your system and to see an example of how ROCm SMI can be used, you may build and run the tests that are available in the repo. To build the tests, follow these steps:
To run the test, execute the program
rsmitst that is built from the steps above.
Many of the functions in the library take a "device index". The device index is a number greater than or equal to 0, and less than the number of devices detected, as determined by
rsmi_num_monitor_devices(). The index is used to distinguish the detected devices from one another. It is important to note that a device may end up with a different index after a reboot, so an index should not be relied upon to be constant over reboots.
The only required ROCm-SMI call for any program that wants to use ROCm-SMI is the
rsmi_init() call. This call initializes some internal data structures that will be used by subsequent ROCm-SMI calls.
When ROCm-SMI is no longer being used,
rsmi_shut_down() should be called. This provides a way to do any releasing of resources that ROCm-SMI may have held. In many cases, this may have no effect, but may be necessary in future versions of the library.
A simple "Hello World" type program that displays the device ID of detected devices would look like this: