8. Platform system OS configuration (reference only)
This chapter describes the resulting configuration of the server OS as applied by the Bow Pod DA install script.
8.1. User accounts and groups
The following accounts are required as part of the default server configuration:
An account dedicated to Bow-2000 management and administration and related server setup is mandatory. This user requires “sudo” rights
Normal user accounts for Poplar workloads
Account(s) where Poplar SDK user(s) will carry out their ML tasks
8.2. Bow Pod default usernames
The following table gives the default usernames for the Bow-2000 system:
Log in to
Bow-2000 BMC OS
Bow-2000 IPU-Gateway OS
The default passwords for these accounts are available from the Graphcore support portal.
8.3. Network interfaces
8.3.1. Bow Pod DA network interfaces
The specified network devices during the Bow Pod DA installation will be the ones used for networking. Please consult the installation logs. The names vary between server type and OS installation.
The Bow Pod DA server requires the following services to be installed for correct operation of the Bow-2000 platform system.
8.4.1. gc-ipu-network service
This is a Graphcore provided service that allows the required network to be configured after a server restart. This service performs a set of actions in order to have a smaller footprint of changes to the server OS.
Starts a DHCP server that deals with Bow-2000 address allocation from the allocated IP subnet block entered when running the Bow Pod DA install script
Configures IPv4 addresses for the local server interfaces that connect to the Bow-2000s
Configures port forwarding (if enabled during installation) so that web browsers on remote servers can access the V-IPU web user interface on the master Bow-2000 in the Bow Pod.
The code for this service as well as its dependent tools and config files are located at:
You can list the directories/files the
gc-ipu-network system service uses for setting up the networking:
$ ls -l /var/lib/gc-ipu-network/
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 73 Feb 16 17:42 bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 274 Feb 16 15:51 config.json
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 90 Feb 16 15:49 interfaces
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 65 Feb 16 15:51 scripts
You can also list the DHCP leases:
busybox dumpleases -f /var/lib/gc-ipu-network/interfaces/eno1/udhcpd.leases
The Bow Pod DA install script makes this service execute every time the system boots up into a multi-user configuration.
ln -s /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/gc-ipu-network.service /etc/systemd/system/gc-ipu-network.service