This guide will setup a Windows based AWS instance that can be used for Pre-Processing, Solving and Post-Post Processing.
Start Instance Config
To setup Amazon EC2, follow the instructions here
Login to AWS Management Console
Open the Services -> EC2 link to display the dashboard
Click Launch Instance
Step 1: Choose AMI
Select Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Base
Step 2: Choose an Instance Type
Scroll down to the Compute optimized instance types. Select the appropriate instance for your simulation. 16, 36, 72 core Compute Optimized instances are well suited for M-Star
Step 3: Configure Instance Details
If you will do post-processing on this instance, you should select Add GPU. Otherwise, click next.
Step 4: Add Storage
Increase the size of the Root volume. 500GB+.
Step 5: Add Tags
nothing to do here
Step 6: Configure Security Group
Create a rule with the following parameters:
Port Range: 3389
Source: My IP
Only use My IP as the Source for RDP connections
Step 7: Review Instance Launch
Double check your instance configuration.
On the dialog box that pops up: * Select Create a new key pair * Name the key pair * Download Key pair (save it to your computer)
This key pair will be needed to connect to the instance
Click Launch Instances
Connecting to your instance
After about 5 minutes your instance should be ready.
Browse to the EC2 dashboard
Click Instances to show list of active instances
Right click on table row of instance to display Connect to your instance dialog box
Click Get Password
Browse to the key pair file (.pem) you downloaded
Password should be decrypted and displayed in the dialog box
Copy the login information (DNS, User Name, Password)
On your local PC:
Start up Remote Desktop Connection
Enter the DNS to connect
Accept the security window that may pop up (related to unknown certificates)
Enter user and password dialog
Connect to the machine
Setting up the instance
You should now be logged into the AWS instance via RDP as the Administrator user. You should now install the M-Star software as described in this manual.
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