Lately my GCP VM of multiple gpus throws the following error when I try to run my container:

docker: Error response from daemon: OCI runtime create failed: container_linux.go:370: starting container process caused: process_linux.go:459: container ini
t caused: Running hook #1:: error running hook: exit status 1, stdout: , stderr: nvidia-container-cli: initialization error: driver error: timed out: unknown

I also noticed, that executing nvidia-smi takes more than 30 seconds most of the time.


  • base image: nvidia/cuda:10.1-cudnn7-devel-ubuntu18.04
  • nvidia driver: 450.102.04
  • zone: europe-west1-b

I've been using this setup for months and never noticed anything alike.

Cheers, Oliver

  • Have you tried updating NVIDIA drivers? What is the output of nvidia-container-cli -k -d /dev/tty info ? I saw somethin similar here but the output of the command would be a good starting point. – Judith Guzman 17 hours ago

First check the service status: $systemctl status docker

Try a restart: $systemctl restart docker

And let us know your results also share the Docker version is the issue persists.

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