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I am using the EC2 service to host a Minecraft server, and I saw that they had a GPU compute cluster availible. I was wondering if anyone had thought about trying to fold on one of those. I would think the cost would be exorbitant seeing as it is $2.10 an hour.
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This has been asked before, let me see if I can find it cause I forgot the outcome.
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I am using the EC2 service to host a Minecraft server, and I saw that they had a GPU compute cluster available. I was wondering if anyone had thought about trying to fold on one of those. I would think the cost would be exorbitant seeing as it is $2.10 an hour.
Depending on how it performs, it might not be too bad compared to hardware/electricity.
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Hmm can't find the thread.
Not sure if I ever seen anyone actually pay to do folding, only way to find out if you give it a shot and see if its possible and let us know.
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The only problem I see is that initial cost is lower, although over time it becomes much more expensive. Also, I do not know what kind of linux they run on those clusters, so I would waste at least an hour finding out what client I need and installing it.
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Linux? I'd say leave it. GPU Folding on Linux causes huge lag, making it near impossible to actually use the computer.
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Linux? I'd say leave it. GPU Folding on Linux causes huge lag, making it near impossible to actually use the computer.
This would be on a remote server, so I would start it and let it run without interruption.
post #8 of 9
If it's possible, make sure you have a proper job, since it would cost you $2.10*24*31=$ 1562.4 a month to have it run 24/7
Might be something for foldathlons though
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You are basically looking at two GTX480 and two 2.93GHz i7s.... the rest of the specs don't matter.
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22 GB of memory
33.5 EC2 Compute Units (2 x Intel Xeon X5570, quad-core “Nehalem” architecture)
2 x NVIDIA Tesla “Fermi” M2050 GPUs
1690 GB of instance storage
64-bit platform
I/O Performance: Very High (10 Gigabit Ethernet)
API name: cg1.4xlarge


You can build a comparable 2xGTX570 and 4.2GHz i7 build for $1200-1300. The breakeven point between renting and buying is about month.
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