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Getting started with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

When we have the right amount of data, machine learning enables us to use them for building a model that can provide answers for future questions.

Compared to CPUs, a GPU is better suited for us to build that model. This is because a GPU is very good at performing much more computations in parallel.

Although you can build your own GPU rig for machine learning, an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit is easier to setup and more energy efficient. Therefore, I got myself a Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit to ride on the machine learning bandwagon.

In case you are wondering what is in the box and how to get started with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit, read on to find out more.

Unboxing the Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

This is how the Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit may look like when you receive it from your postman:

Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit in box with Nvidia seal intact

The developer board is the first thing that you will see when you open the box:

Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit unboxed step 1

Underneath the developer board, you will find the safety guide and the quick start guide:

Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit safety guide and quick start guide

After you took out the safety guide and quick start guide, you will find the power cable, USB cables and antennas for your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit in the inner compartment of the box:

Inner compartment of box of Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

In summary, these are the contents of a Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit:

Everything inside Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit box laid out on floor

  • NVIDIA Jetson TX2 Developer Board
  • AC Adaptor
  • Power Cord
  • USB Micro-B to USB A Cable
  • USB Micro-B to Female USB A Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Booklet
  • Antennas to Connect to Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices (x2)

Additional hardware for getting started with Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

To get started with your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit, you will need the following hardware:

Optionally, you may want to get the following items as well:

Starting up your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit for the first time

The Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit came with a headless Ubuntu operating system. Therefore, we do not need to install an operating system in order to start it up.

Connecting the hardware

Firstly, connect

  • the antennas to your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit motherboard,
  • the HDMI cable to your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit motherboard,
  • the power adapter to your wall socket and Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit motherboard,
  • the mouse and keyboard to your USB hub,
  • the USB hub to your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit motherboard.

After switching on your wall socket, press the power button on the Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit motherboard. The power button is the rightmost button as shown in the following image:

Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit motherboard with power button highlighted

Installing the Nvidia Linux driver binary release

When the headless Ubuntu operating system boots up, you will see a terminal screen with instructions to install the Nvidia Linux driver binary release.

Following the instructions, you will run the following commands:

cd ~/NVIDIA_INSTALLER/
sudo ./installer.sh

After the commands complete, you will have installed the drivers that are needed for running the Ubuntu desktop on your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit.

In order to boot into the Ubuntu desktop, run the following command to restart the operating system:

sudo shutdown -r now

When the Ubuntu operating system loads up again, you will see the Ubuntu desktop on your computer monitor screen.

With that, your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit is ready for running deep learning tasks.

Where to learn more about deep learning and using your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

After you had gotten your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit ready for running deep learning tasks, you can follow these resources to learn more about deep learning and using your Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit:

Getting started with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 developer kit

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