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Would it be practical to setup a vm in say, Windows Azure, to run an instance of the folding client? Has anyone ever tried this or have any knowledge about possible performance?
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Why don't you try it and let us know? Looks like they have 3 month free trial right now..
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From what I can see on their site, you get really slow processors, 1-1.5 ghz and after the trial its $136 a month for a dual core and over $500 a month for an 8 core. http://www.windowsazure.com/enus/pricing/details/virtual-machines/
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Yeah you're probably right labnjab but there is a free trial so I'll test it out. Just set it up biggrin.gif



The processor is an AMD Opteron 4171 HE 2.1ghz 8 core
Edited by DizZz - 5/12/13 at 9:48pm
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I'm setting one up just for the heck of it. If anything, its 3 months of more science thumb.gif
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I'm going to try it as well. thumb.gif

Edit: No I won't, not giving Microsoft my credit card or phone number.
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post #7 of 8
MS (or Amazon Web Services) etc., require your credit card to keep the number of free trials to a minimum. Even if they don't charge your card, it's a way for them to confirm your name and address (from the card verification system). You can't blame them, really.

Cloud Services in general charge by CPU cycles or server size. Either one is going to eat you alive if you're folding and paying for the resource. Not a viable option.

Greg
post #8 of 8
I just gave them a the number to a maxed out card biggrin.gif but I'm canceling after the trial anyways. Its running now. Only getting 10k ppd but not bad for a free rig. Over the 90 day trial it will add up to 900k points
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320 gb western digital intel ssd LG Blue Ray Drive Corsair H100 
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4 stock corsair fans on h100 Windows 8.1 Acer 23 inch led Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouse
Rosewill Capstone 750 watt NZXT Switch 810 black Razor Deathadder 
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