renting time on a cluster

Jakob Oestergaard jakob at unthought.net
Thu Apr 10 13:52:32 EDT 2003


On Mon, Apr 07, 2003 at 02:56:05PM +0200, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> A friend of mine has a project requiring a lot
> of crunch (no idea yet which bandwidth/latency 
> requirements).
> 
> Can you think of places where one can rent nontrivial
> amount of crunch for money?

I know people who would be interested in providing such a service. As
in, getting a cluster and start renting out time on it.

(and no, I'm not affiliated with them, I just know them well  :)

So, while I don't have a real answer to your question, allow me to add
yet another question:   Is there interest in such a service?

How many here would, or know people who might, rent time on a remote
cluster ?

I personally think that security concerns is the main showstopper here -
you often cannot really do paid research on such a system, if the
results are supposed to help getting patents etc.   Larger organizations
would rather buy their own cluster, than risk losing a patent to the
competition.   And for hobbyists?  I guess most hobbyists can sneak in
low-priority jobs at work   :)

So, is the original question a once-in-a-decade thing, or do people
generally feel that there is interest in such a service?

(haven't seen many of those requests on this list, AFAIR)

Cheers,

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