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Cloud Basics: Logging in & creating a virtual machine

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Cloud computing has become a popular tool for research in all disciplines. Cloud computing resources can be configured to serve a range of needs, whether you're building an online portal, scraping data from the web, sharing datasets with collaborators, or tackling computationally intensive calculations.

This one-hour online tutorial will walk attendees through how to get started with the Compute Canada Cloud.

Through hands-on demonstrations, we will cover how to log in and configure a simple virtual machine that could be used to do your work in the cloud.

If you would like to set up a virtual machine of your own during the session, you will need the following accounts activated / in place *before* the session:

John Simpson, Humanities and Social Sciences Specialist, Compute Canada

Who Should Attend:
This is an introductory session targeted at research team members interested in getting started with cloud computing. Typical users of the Compute Canada Cloud service include:

  • Researchers who need long running jobs or services, rather than batch processing.
  • Researchers requiring a web portal.
  • Researchers who need a VM, need to control their own operating system, and want the ability to customize software stacks.
  • Researchers who need to build specialized virtual clusters for big data.

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  • Click the green "Register' button on this page to register for this event. All registrants will be emailed the connection instructions for this webinar.

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