Running CFDDFC with the AWS Console

  1. Launch an Instance
  2. Connect to an Instance
  3. Connect with the Remote Desktop
  4. Data Storage
  5. Creating a Cluster of Instances
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Before Launching an Instance

Select an EC2 Instance

  • Login to the Amazon EC2 Console.
  • Select a suitable region, e.g. one that is near you (see drop-down menu, top right of the panel).
  • Select Instances from the left menu.
  • Click Launch Instance.
  • Select AWS Marketplace; type CFDDFC in Search and hit Enter.
  • Select the CFD Direct From the Cloud product suitable for the instance.
  • A panel appears showing pricing of CFD Direct From the Cloud. Click Continue
  • Select your preferred Instance Type from the table, e.g. c5.2xlarge.
  • Click Review and Launch.
EC2 Region

Modify Security (optional, removes a warning message)

  • Select Edit Security Groups.
  • From the Source drop-down menu, select My IP.
  • Click Review and Launch.

Modify Storage Size (optional)

  • Select Edit Storage.
  • Set the amount of storage in the Size (GiB) text box.
  • Click Review and Launch.

Launch the Instance

  • Back in Review Instance Launch, Click Launch.
  • A panel appears with Select and existing key pair of create a new key pair.
  • If you have previously created a key pair and wish to use it, select the key pair.
  • Otherwise select Create a new key pair, enter a name (suggestion: ec2) and click Create.
  • Save the private key file (e.g.ec2.pem) which is downloaded by your browser.  Keep the file in a safe location.
  • Click Launch Instances.

Key Pair

  • The key pair file is used to login to the instance using SSH.
  • For Linux and Mac OS X users, a recommended location to save the file is a .ssh directory in your home directory. 
  • The file permission must be set to read for the user only.
  • For a key pair file named ec2.pem file in a .ssh directory, type the following in a terminal:
    chmod 400 ~/.ssh/ec2.pem
  • Windows 10 users can manage a key pair file similarly using Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  • Further information: Creating Your Key Pair Using Amazon EC2.

Checking the Instance

  • Click the instance ID (i-XXXXXXXX) link or View Instances.
  • The Instances panel of EC2 Management Console displays Instance Details and Status.
  • From the Instances panel, or full description of the instance, note the Public IP in the form XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX.

Further information

See the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

Next Step → Connect to an Instance