You do not need to run a full cluster to get the added benefits of cloud computing. AWS offers single instances that are still much more powerful than most high-end workstations. For example, the c5.24xlarge (C5 instance) has 96-cores and 192GB of RAM which is powerful enough to run most simulations. This is the simplest use-case to setup
- An AWS Account.
- Familiarity with the AWS Web Console.
Create a single workstation
Note: Even though this guide is only for creating a single Workstation, it is still recommended that you create an AMI
- Option 1: Windows.
This option offers a familiar environment for most users.
You can connect to your instance and transfer files back and forth via Remote Desktop Connection (RDP).
- Option 2: Linux.
You can transfer files via SCP or S3, and connect to your instance via SSH.
The GUI can be used through X11.
X11 GUI access you will require:
- MobaXterm if your local machine is running Windows
- XQuartz for MacOS