2.1. First-time AWS User Setup

If you’ve never used AWS before and don’t have an account, follow the instructions below to get started.

2.1.1. Creating an AWS Account

First, you’ll need an AWS account. Create one by going to aws.amazon.com and clicking “Sign Up.” You’ll want to create a personal account. You will have to give it a credit card number.

2.1.2. AWS Credit at Berkeley

If you’re an internal user at Berkeley and affiliated with UCB-BAR or the RISE Lab, see the RISE Lab Wiki for instructions on getting access to the AWS credit pool. Otherwise, continue with the following section.

2.1.3. Requesting Limit Increases

In our experience, new AWS accounts do not have access to EC2 F1 instances by default. In order to get access, you should file a limit increase request.

Follow these steps to do so:


You’ll probably want to start out with the following requests, depending on your existing limits:

Request 1:

Region:                US East (Northern Virginia)
Primary Instance Type: f1.2xlarge
Limit:                 Instance Limit
New limit value:       1

Request 2:

Region:                US East (Northern Virginia)
Primary Instance Type: f1.16xlarge
Limit:                 Instance Limit
New limit value:       1

This allows you to run one node on the f1.2xlarge or eight nodes on the f1.16xlarge.

For the “Use Case Description”, you should describe your project and write something about hardware simulation and mention that information about the tool you’re using can be found at: https://fires.im

This process has a human in the loop, so you should submit it ASAP. At this point, you should wait for the response to this request.

If you’re at Berkeley/UCB-BAR, you also need to wait until your account has been added to the RISE billing pool, otherwise your personal CC will be charged for AWS usage.

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