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I don't know if this is a good place to beg for help, but here it goes: basically, I need to run a secure recommender system simulation (C++ console application) in order to meet tonight's deadline, and the faculty's server grid decided to go offline. I could really use something like 10+ (actually, about 16 would be required to meet the deadline) virtual instances of some Linux that has GMP installed... Ideally, they should all have the same specs, because a part of the simulation will represent performance benchmarks.

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closed as not a real question by Ben Pilbrow, Zoredache, Wesley, Magellan, Scott Pack Nov 26 '12 at 22:00

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What's the question ? – x_vi_r Jul 1 '12 at 13:34
@xXx Well, I was hoping that there's a bored sysadmin lurking around here, who wants to do something fun in his spare time :) – Mihai Todor Jul 1 '12 at 13:42
Change the question to "How to get large amounts of computer power for short time cheaply?" and you're good for ServerFault IMO. – Hubert Kario Jul 1 '12 at 14:06
If you are new to Amazon AWS you get some CPU power for free ... Check this link – golja Jul 1 '12 at 15:11
@golja That's really nice of them! Thanks :) – Mihai Todor Jul 1 '12 at 20:31
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud is what you're looking for. Those are relatively cheap servers rent on demand.

32 Extra Large servers for 8h will cost you a bit under $164. Those are 15 GB, 4 core, 8 thread machines with 1690GB of storage.

If you don't need something as big, there are machines from 1 core, 1 thread, 1.7GB or RAM up. There are also memory and CPU optimised instances.

If you want to have an already configured cluster machine, Quadruple Extra Large machines (23 GB memory, 33.5 cores) cost $1.3 per hour...

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