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Old 2019-12-14, 00:47   #1
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Default Alternatives to Google Colab

I recently stumbled on "5 Alternatives to Google Colab for Data Scientists" https://analyticsindiamag.com/5-alte...ta-scientists/

My attempt at a summary as it relates to GIMPS:
1 Azure Notebooks some free use; 4GB ram
https://notebooks.azure.com/
Terms of use includes prohibiting use "that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any Microsoft server"
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/su...e/?cdn=disable

2. Kaggle; never mind, they've revised their policy to prohibit GIMPS type activity.

3. Amazon SageMaker https://aws.amazon.com/sagemaker/

4. IBM DataPlatform Notebooks. Watson Studio: default Python 3.6 free; 1 vcpu, 4GB ram
https://dataplatform.cloud.ibm.com/d...ironments.html

5. Jupyter Notebook
This appears to be a local install, not cloud computing, so might as well run the local GIMPS apps directly instead.
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Old 2019-12-14, 04:10   #2
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I recently stumbled on "5 Alternatives to Google Colab for Data Scientists" https://analyticsindiamag.com/5-alte...ta-scientists/

2. Kaggle; never mind, they've revised their policy to prohibit GIMPS.
I'm still using Kaggle. Using mfaktc with the script provided by Chalsall
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Old 2019-12-14, 04:17   #3
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I'm still using Kaggle. Using mfaktc with the script provided by Chalsall
Really?

As soon as they said "stop doing that" I stopped doing that.

I'm confused. I don't like being confused.
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Really?

As soon as they said "stop doing that" I stopped doing that.

I'm confused. I don't like being confused.
I never stopped and never was prohibited.
30+ hours every week.
Running as we speak.
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Old 2019-12-17, 19:03   #5
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Anyone just using AWS spot instances? I used them quite a bit before getting a radeon vii. The P3 instances are still pretty pricey, but the spot pricing of the G4, G3, and P2 instances don't look too bad.
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Old 2019-12-17, 20:46   #6
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The list of 5 alternatives in post 1 is just what the article authors chose to include, presumably because they're most like Google Colab. It is not meant to exclude Microsoft Azure, Google GCE, Amazon EC2, or other possibilities.

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There is a new platform that is hosted by Rytis on PrimeGrid called The Science Cloud that is meant to give compute time to scientists. It isn't free, and at the moment appears to only run BOINC projects. Has anyone here tried this?
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Old 2020-01-01, 19:44   #8
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There is a new platform that is hosted by Rytis on PrimeGrid called The Science Cloud that is meant to give compute time to scientists. It isn't free, and at the moment appears to only run BOINC projects. Has anyone here tried this?
Thanks for the heads-up. After a quick read, it appears to be
A) people sign up to donate their computers' unused capacity to science cloud;
B) science cloud in turn sells the capacity to scientists.
Quite the racket.

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Thanks for the heads-up. After a quick read, it appears to be
A) people sign up to donate their computers' unused capacity to science cloud;
B) science cloud in turn sells the capacity to scientists.
Quite the racket.
Hmm, I didn't read it that way, see here: https://thescience.cloud/pages/scientists


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We offer opportunities for scientists to get compute time (CPU and GPU) for free.
Our participants donate money that is used to purchase computing resources at various commercial and desktop cloud providers. The purchased computing resources are then made available to selected research projects for free. We allow our participants to choose their research priorities, but most of them trust us to choose the projects for them. [...]
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So, I invested 15 bucks in the science cloud, good for about 2 months of a single core instance. And it is good for about 3 SR5 tasks a day. Not massive throughput, but better than nothing.
While running this, Rytis found a way to circumvent VAT for those outside of Europe, making the cost .8 cents an hour for 1 core (2.4 cents for 3), instead of .97 cents.
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So, I invested 15 bucks in the science cloud, good for about 2 months of a single core instance.
I also see you're running Colab work. Is this actually on Colab, or an alternative?
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