PiCloud gives away 20 free compute hours PER month

Announcement from PiCloud- (and this is apart from the 5 hours free that a beginner account gets)

http://www.picloud.com/

 

Starting this month, all users will get 20 c1 core hours worth of credits each and every month.

 

  • If you ran out of your original 5 core hour credits, you can come back and play around some more!
  • If you have minimal computing needs, this means that you can now use PiCloud regularly without even having to enter a credit card.

 

Looking for more? Don’t forget, we’re giving away $500 worth of credits as part of our Academic Research Program. Applications are due this Thursday, October 27th

Interesting announcement from PiCloud

An interesting announcement from PiCloud who is a cloud computing startup, but focused on python (as the name suggests). They basically have created a cloud library (or in R lingo – a package) that enables you to call cloud power sitting from the desktop interface itself. This announcement is for multiple IP addresses. Real parallel processing or just a quick trick in technical jargon- you decide!

  1. Prepare
  2. Run
  3. Monitor
Prepare

s1 cores are comparable in performance to c1 cores with one extra trick up their sleeve: each job running in parallel will have a different IP.

Why is this important?
Using unique IPs is necessary to minimize the automated throttling most sites will impose when seeing fast, repeated access from a single IP.

How do I use it?
If you’re already using our c1 cores, all you’ll need to do is set the _type keyword.

cloud.call(func, _type=’s1′)

How much?
$0.04/core/hour

Why don’t other cores have individual IPs?
For other core types, such as c2, multiple cores may be running on a single machine that is assigned only a single IP address. When using s1 cores, you’re guaranteed that each core sits on a different machine.

 

http://www.picloud.com/

Cloud Computing using Python

I liked the new features in PiCloud , which is a cloud computing way to use Python. Python is increasingly popular as a computational language, and the cloud is the way where HW is headed to atleast as of 2011-12

http://www.picloud.com/

The new features allows you to publish your own functions as urls.

 By publishing your Python functions to URLs. Why would you want to publish a function?

  • To call your Python functions from a programming language other than Python.
  • To use PiCloud from Google AppEngine, which does not support our native client library.
  • To easily setup a scalable RPC system.

Here’s a peek at the interface:

You publish a Python function

cloud.rest.publish(your_func, ‘myfunction’)

We give you a URL Back

https://api.picloud.com/r/2/myfunction/

You make an HTTP request using your method of choice to the URL

curl -k -u ‘key:secret_key’ https://api.picloud.com/r/2/myfunction/

It certainly is an interesting development and I am wondering how other languages can adopt this paradigm as well.
For R, as of now http://www.cloudnumbers.com/ seems to be the only player in the cloud.
It would be exciting to see more players in the cloud statistical analytical space.

 

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