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I don't have access to a computer cluster in my university. Is there website that accepts applications for free access to a computer cluster for scientific computing?

Further information: I am in Cuba. I need something on the order of 30 processors, about 50 GB of hard drive, for a week or so. I need to run programs written in C++ and Python.

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  • What sort of computing are interested in doing? Various different resources are available for different purposes. For example, EmuLab offers free cluster access for purposes of network simulation, but wouldn't be appropriate if you wanted to do, say, fluid dynamics. – jakebeal Oct 16 '14 at 16:22
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    This question was cross-posted to the Scicomp.SE and should probably be closed here. – Bill Barth Oct 16 '14 at 16:23
  • @jakebeal I am doing research on metabolic networks. I need to run simulations written in Python and C++. – becko Oct 16 '14 at 16:38
  • You may get more responses if you can give some more detail as to your situation - eg what country are you in, what sort of scale of cluster do you need, etc – Flyto Oct 16 '14 at 22:09
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    BTW, not sure about US-Cuba relationships - there might be legal issues with a US organization providing massive computing power to someone in Cuba. – Bitwise Oct 17 '14 at 1:36
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This doesn't quite answer the question, but in case you have some funds available (but not enough to buy a cluster): Various cloud services - Amazon in particular but probably others - will let you "spin up" a temporary compute cluster on their servers. You pay for this by the minute, or sometimes by more complicated systems where the price is according to demand.

For small projects this approach can be quite economical, and so may be feasible in some circumstances where access to a dedicated system is unaffordable.

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  • There is also the chance to get a research grant from AWS or Azure, or use the trial account which GCE offers (500 USD - which allows you to at least get some initial experiments in). – xLeitix Oct 16 '14 at 19:18
  • Thanks for the tip, but I don't have funds. – becko Oct 16 '14 at 22:50

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