YOLO V3 – Install and run Yolo on Nvidia Jetson Nano (with GPU)

We’re going to learn in this tutorial how to install and run Yolo on the Nvidia Jetson Nano using its 128 cuda cores gpu.

All the steps described in this blog posts are available on the Video Tutorial, so you can easily watch the video where I show and explain everythin step by step.

Yolo is a really popular DNN (Deep Neural Network) object detection algorythm, which is really fast and works also on not so powerfull devices.

I explained in this post, how to run Yolo on the CPU (so the computer processor) using opencv, and I’m going to explain today how to run Yolo on the GPU (the graphic processor), to get more speed.

How to install YOLO V3?

Before showing the steps to the installation, I want to clarify what is Yolo and what is a Deep Neural Network.

YOLO is an Object Detection algorythm, and it’s the acronym of (You Only Look Once). An object detection algorythm need a DNN (Deep Neural Network) framework to run.

DARKNET is the DNN that was developed to run Yolo. And we’re going to see today how to install Darknet.

Let’s start with the installation.

  1. Update the libraries
    sudo apt-get update
  2. Export Cuda path
    export PATH=/usr/local/cuda-10.0/bin${PATH:+:${PATH}}
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/cuda-10.0/lib64${LD_LIBRARY_PATH:+:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}}
  3. Download Darknet and Yolo
    git clone https://github.com/AlexeyAB/darknet
    cd darknet
    wget https://pjreddie.com/media/files/yolov3.weights
    wget https://pjreddie.com/media/files/yolov3-tiny.weights
  4. Enable the GPU
    We need to Edit the Makefile to enable the GPU, Cuda and Opencv. Let’s edit the Makefile by typing.
    sudo vi Makefile
    Set the values:
    and the rest leave it as it is.
  5. Compile the Darknet

The installation is now completed.

How to run YOLO V3?

You can run Yolo from the Linux terminal.
Once you open the terminal you need first to access the Darknet folder. So just type:

cd darknet

Then you can choose one of the following line, depending of the detection you want to perform.

Image detection:
Edit “dog.jpg” with the path of your image.

./darknet detector test cfg/coco.data yolov3.cfg yolov3.weights -ext_output dog.jpg

Detection from Webcam:
The 0 at the end of the line is the index of the Webcam. So if you have more webcams, you can change the index (with 1, 2, and so on) to use a different webcam.

./darknet detector demo cfg/coco.data cfg/yolov3.cfg yolov3.weights -c 0

Detection from a Videofile:
Edit “test.mp4” with the path of your videofile.

./darknet detector demo cfg/coco.data cfg/yolov3.cfg yolov3.weights -ext_output test.mp4

For more and detailed info, you can check the darknet github page or evaluate the purchase of my Object Detection course .


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