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Which solutions are available in order to run a Mathematica notebook or package in the cloud? I would like to have access to at least say 30 cores. I found the following two options:

  1. Wolfram Private Cloud whose price starts at $25,000 (and so it is not an option for me).

  2. Mathematica on Amazon Cloud by Nimbis which has a price 1.5 times the Amazon EC2 one.

Did you guys try one of these (or other) solutions? In case, how is the work flow? Suggestions?

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  • $\begingroup$ I must say I have a side question on running Mathematica (kernel) on an AWS EC2 instance (not Nimbis): does Mma license management act gracefully with this, or does it see a restarted image being a new machine, requiring a license transfer? $\endgroup$ – kirma Apr 3 '18 at 7:01
  • $\begingroup$ Because there is no running a real front-end in AWS,lots of functionality is severely restricted. $\endgroup$ – M.R. May 2 '18 at 3:04
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As Mitch suggested, I asked WRI support:

Q: Can I run Mathematica Enterprise on a virtual machine on AWS, so I can use all of the licensed cores? What are the other available options for running my copy of Mathematica Enterprise on a cloud service, so I can use all of the licensed cores?

A: "Well, not sure. I’ve asked the question to the people who make these kinds of decisions and expect to hear back soon. The issue is a License Agreement issue where it states the installation must happen on a machine owned by the individual. At a minimum, this kind of language needs to be cleaned up before me saying yes with a 100% confidence."

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How one sets this up really matters r.e.cost, and is driven by your data needs, computation needs, and UI needs. From a business view it's worth the time to plan your requiments and know your budget. One can quickly spend more on AWS than the cost of a physical machine, but then one must maintain the machine. It's the age old question, should I buy or should I rent?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you have any updated advice about running Mathematica in the cloud to access more cores? $\endgroup$ – Michael B. Heaney Apr 28 '18 at 22:25
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    $\begingroup$ Best place to start is contacting the Mathematica cloud sales folks. Explain your requirements and situation and see what they say. $\endgroup$ – Mitch Apr 30 '18 at 0:08
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I have sent them an email about it. $\endgroup$ – Michael B. Heaney Apr 30 '18 at 5:11

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