Cloud Computing for MATLAB and R Users: Part I – Creation of Virtual Computing Instance Using Amazon Web Services

The IUP Journal of Computer Sciences, Vol. XIII, No. 1, January 2019, pp. 38-69

Posted: 13 Jun 2019

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Michael Gallagher

St. Bonaventure University

Erick W. Rengifo

Fordham University - Department of Economics - Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS)

Rossen Trendafilov

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Date Written: January 7, 2019

Abstract

Cloud-based computing has tremendous potential for academia in general and researchers in particular. The ability to store, read and manipulate large dataset is increasingly important to be on the cutting-edge of research. While most researchers have extensive programming skills, they generally are not computer scientists. A number of cloud-based and virtual work spaces have been developed which can bring enormous computing advantages over any desktop or laptop. However, the instructions to get up and running in the cloud are often overwhelming, and require a significant investment of time. There is an initial steep learning curve associated with developing a high performance computing environment that several times becomes an obstacle that prevents many to benefit the most from using the cloud. This paper seeks to demystify the process and get the reader up and running very quickly. Once this initial process is over and the reader is proficient on these issues, performing computational chores that would take days on a desktop can be done in minutes. We next show the way the readers can implement their research using two well-known computer programs: MATLAB and R.

Keywords: Cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), S3, Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Virtual computing instance, Linux R, MATLAB

Suggested Citation

Gallagher, Michael and Rengifo, Erick W. and Trendafilov, Rossen, Cloud Computing for MATLAB and R Users: Part I – Creation of Virtual Computing Instance Using Amazon Web Services (January 7, 2019). The IUP Journal of Computer Sciences, Vol. XIII, No. 1, January 2019, pp. 38-69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3400512

Michael Gallagher (Contact Author)

St. Bonaventure University ( email )

Saint Bonaventure, NY 14778
United States

Erick W. Rengifo

Fordham University - Department of Economics - Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) ( email )

United States
0017188174061 (Phone)
0017188173518 (Fax)

Rossen Trendafilov

St. Thomas Aquinas College ( email )

New York, USA
United States

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