I have the lowest tier of Google Cloud Compute server. It has a shared CPU with 'burstable' or 'bursting' capability.
For most things I need (an Apache websever + static HTML pages) its fine.
But occasionally, using a console window, I need to run a one-off script, or compile something, or install a new Ubuntu module.
It'll run very fast for 30 secs or so (the 'burstable' bit), then slow to a crawl for the remainder.
What 'burstable' means isn't defined in the documentation.
I've tried playing nicely (i.e. "nice script-name" to lower the process priority), but that makes no difference. I was hoping that this would solve the problem, i.e. use any spare capacity, but any other user gets priority.
Also tried adding a few "sleep 1 second" in scripts, but this makes no difference either.
Any suggestions to avoid being throttled?