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Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis. Subscribers can pay for a single virtual AWS computer, a dedicated physical computer, or clusters of either. AWS cloud computing resources are useful for conducting large-scale genomic analyses that would otherwise take too long or crash local computers.

Est. time Lesson name Description
30 mins Setting up an AWS instance How to start and configure an AWS instance?
15 mins Connecting to an instance How to begin working on your AWS instance?
20 mins Using the Screen Command How to run multiple screens and switch between tabs?
10 mins Terminating an instance How to stop or terminate your AWS instance?

Learning Objectives

  • introduce researchers to cloud computing resources
  • learn to set up a cloud computer
  • learn to connect to the cloud computer
  • learn to run multiple screen sessions and switch between them
  • learn how to terminate an instance
  • Technology: Users must be comfortable with finding and opening a terminal window. For Windows OS, please install MobaXterm. You can download the latest version.

  • Financial: First time AWS users require a valid credit card to set up an AWS account.

  • Time: You need to have an Amazon Web Services account. AWS account setup needs approval by AWS, and approval times can range from minutes to days.

Proceed directly to the step-by-step tutorial or watch these 10-minute videos that demonstrate setting up and connecting to AWS instances via Windows or Mac.

Last update: June 6, 2022