where & how do I get a gpu???
Why are there so many permutations... I need a GPU with the Data Science VM... I have to try all sorts of different locations/disk types just to find one. Any advice?
It seems that region AND hard drive type need to be specified in some special way.
Also, it seems that GPUs aren't available until you talk to some support person for weeks and convince them to activate GPU quota for you; impossible to get GPU without a weird human intervention step, unlike Amazon where you just pay for and get a GPU VM immediately.
Gopi Kumar (MSFT) commented
I agree this can be a bit confusing. To slightly mitigate that, we have created a "Deep Learning Virtual Machine" or the DLVM template (http://aka.ms/dlvm) that tries to simplify this. The DLVM uses exactly the same underlying VM image as DSVM (with all prebuilt GPU drivers, Deep learning frameworks etc plus a few extra end to end samples) but unlike DSVM, the DLVM can only be deployed on the GPU class machines (NC Series, ND Series) on Azure. There is still a challenge of choosing the correct region that we were not able to take care fully. We will explore further and see how we can simplify this. Thanks for the feedback.