[Chicago] What is cloud computing good for?

Massimo Di Pierro mdipierro at cs.depaul.edu
Tue Aug 10 00:11:32 CEST 2010

They say they do allow C/C++ functions as long you wrap in modules and  
there is a method for uploading. They can also access a filesystem in  
the cloud with some limitations. I did not try it.


On Aug 9, 2010, at 1:58 PM, <skip at pobox.com> wrote:

>    Massimo> If you are not interested in web apps (and looks like  
> you are
>    Massimo> not) you may be interested in this:
>    Massimo> http://www.picloud.com/
> You are correct.  I care not one whit about web apps.  I'm  
> interested solely
> in single-threaded compute-intensive tasks.  Currently, we run the  
> Torque
> batch queuing system on Solaris.  It works fine, though I am  
> constantly
> having to scramble to find hardware.  I might have 10 cores  
> available during
> the day, 50 at night.  That works well until I'm asked to run 4000  
> jobs one
> day.  Each job can run from a few minutes to several hours.
> PiCloud looks interesting except it doesn't seem that your Python  
> functions
> can use C or C++ code which is not part of Python proper.  While I  
> write
> almost all my software in Python I rely heavily on internal libraries
> written in C++ by other groups here at work.
> Skip
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