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ROCm, a New Era in Open GPU Computing

Platform for GPU-Enabled HPC and Ultrascale Computing

ROCm GPU Server Driver Installation Guide for Linux


The ROCm Platform brings a rich foundation to advanced computing by seamlessly integrating the CPU and GPU with the goal of solving real-world problems.

This support starts with AMD’s FIJI Family of dGPUs. ROCm 1.3 further extends support to include the Polaris Family of ASICs. With ROCm 1.6 we add Vega Family of products.

System Requirements

To use ROCm on your system you need the following:

Table 1. Native Linux Distribution Support in ROCm 1.6

Distribution Kernel GCC GLIBC
Fedora 24 4.11 5.40 2.23  
Ubuntu 16.04 4.11 5.40 2.23

Pre Install Directions

Verify You Have ROCm Capable GPU Installed int the System
lspci | grep -i AMD
You will see list of AMD GPU’s
Verify You Have a Supported Version of Linux
uname -m && cat /etc/*release
You will see some thing like for Ubuntu
Verify version of GCC
gcc --version 
You will see
gcc (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.4) 5.4.0 20160609 

Choose an Installation Method

Package manager Based Install A Package Manager Based Installation use your Linux Distro system’s package management service.
Ubuntu uses Debian and Fedora RPM Packages

Ubuntu Install

Add the Repo Server

For Debian based systems, like Ubuntu, configure the Debian ROCm repository as follows:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo deb [arch=amd64] xenial main > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rocm.list'

The gpg key might change, so it may need to be updated when installing a new release. The current rocm.gpg.key is not avialable in a standard key ring distribution, but has the following sha1sum hash:

f0d739836a9094004b0a39058d046349aacc1178 rocm.gpg.key

Install or update ROCm
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rocm rocm-opencl-dev

Then, make the ROCm kernel your default kernel. If using grub2 as your bootloader, you can edit the GRUB_DEFAULT variable in the following file:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

set the GRUB_Default Edit: GRUB_DEFAULT=”Advanced options for Ubuntu>Ubuntu, with Linux 4.11.0-kfd-compute-rocm-rel-1.6-115”

sudo update-grub

Fedora Install

Use the dnf (yum) repository for installation of rpm packages. To configure a system to use the ROCm rpm directory create the file /etc/yum.repos.d/rocm.repo with the following contents:


name=ROCm Repo




Execute the following commands:

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf install rocm rocm-opencl-dev

Just like Ubuntu installs, the ROCm kernel must be the default kernel used at boot time.

Post Install Manual installation steps for Fedora to support HCC compiler

A fully functional Fedora installation requires a few manual steps to properly setup, including:

Post install verification

Verify you have the correct Kernel Post install

uname -r

Test if OpenCL is working based on default ROCm OpenCL include and library locations:

g++ -I /opt/rocm/opencl/include/ ./HelloWorld.cpp -o HelloWorld -L/opt/rocm/opencl/lib/x86_64 -lOpenCL

Run it:


To Uninstall the a Package

Installing development packages for cross compilation

It is often useful to develop and test on different systems. In this scenario, you may prefer to avoid installing the ROCm Kernel to your development system.

In this case, install the development subset of packages:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rocm-dev