1.1. 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.
1.1.1. 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.
1.1.2. 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.
1.1.3. 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. You can learn more about EC2 instance limits here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/ec2-on-demand-instances.html#ec2-on-demand-instances-limits
To request a limit increase, follow these steps:
You’ll probably want to start out with the following request, depending on your existing limits:
Limit Type: EC2 Instances Region: US East (Northern Virginia) Primary Instance Type: All F instances Limit: Instance Limit New limit value: 64
This limit of 64 vCPUs for F instances allows you to run one node on the
f1.2xlarge or eight nodes on the
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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