Launch a Flight Compute cluster now or watch our introductory videos.
Request a Flight Launch token from us to take an Alces Flight Compute cluster for a spin — no cloud account required!
Want to take Flight Compute for a spin? Let us know and we'll dispatch you a cluster trial token. Simply provide us with your contact details, tell us which field of science or engineering you work in and the type of workload you want to run, and we'll get in touch with a code that, in minutes, will get you up, up and away with a time-limited Flight Compute Solo HPC cluster!
For most trial workloads we recommend a standard cluster (7.5 GiB, 4 CPUs), but for those with additional requirements we can also arrange for access to a performance cluster (240 GiB, 144 CPUs) or GPU cluster (976 GiB, 64 CPUs, 16 GPUs) trial.
Once you've received your token, simply follow the instructions in the email. In three simple steps your cluster will be up and running:
You'll receive an email letting you know that your cluster is in the process of being launched and, after a few minutes, a further email providing you with the details you need to log in and get started!
Once you've enjoyed your first Flight, why not sign up for an account to receive additional benefits including:
Watch our series of introductory videos showing how to run an Alces Flight Compute cluster launched on AWS.
Visit AWS or Azure to launch your Flight Compute Solo cluster.
If you already have an AWS account, you can launch the free, community-supported, Flight Compute Solo (Community Edition) at no cost*1 through AWS Marketplace. You can find comprehensive instructions within the Flight Compute documentation.
Clusters come configured with your choice of job scheduler along with autoscaling capabilities that allow computational resources to be increased in line with demand and scaled back as demand drops. Coupled with the ability for you to choose how much you want to pay for your compute resources using Amazon EC2 spot instances, you are placed firmly in control of your HPC spend.
Our Flight Compute Solo edition on AWS Marketplace harnesses the power of CloudFormation, providing you with a large selection of options to tailor your cluster to your workflow and HPC requirements:
If Azure is your preferred cloud services provider, you can launch our free, community-supported, Flight Compute Solo offers at no cost*2 through Azure Marketplace. Refer to the Flight Compute documentation for more details on how to get going.
Flight Compute Solo comes ready configured with the Open Grid Scheduler batch-queueing system and gives you a choice of a flexible single-image offer (OSS Edition) or, if you need to get up and running more quickly, a template offer (Cluster Edition) delivered complete with scaling capabilities that allow computatational resources to be increased in line with your demand.
Our Flight Compute Solo offers on Azure Marketplace give you a choice of infrastructure configurations and the freedom to configure your cluster how you want it:
If you're looking for a little more support and advice, then our pay-as-you-go Advanced or bespoke Enterprise editions may be a better choice. These editions provide you with an additional personal support entitlement - please contact us for more information.
Don't have an AWS or Azure account? Launch using Alces Flight Launch instead.
*1 Flight Compute Solo on AWS Marketplace incurs no subscription cost or per-hour charges. Your account will be charged as usual for AWS resources such as EC2 compute, elastic block storage (EBS) and S3 object storage costs.
*2 Flight Compute Solo on Azure Marketplace incurs no subscription cost or per-hour charges. Your account will be charged as usual for Azure resources such as virtual machines, disk and blob storage costs.