The Instant Cloud Manager lets you manage your licenses, machines, pools and settings. You can also access the active machines and the history of recently used machines. The licenses can be shared among users of the same organization so that multiple users can manage a set of machines and pools.
To learn more, you can follow the steps from the getting started tutorial. To open the Instant Cloud Manager, you must be logged in and have an Instant Cloud license.
A pool defines a configuration (machine type, region and other parameters) as well as a number of compute servers and distributed workers. Instant Cloud provides you with predefined pools for your licenses, and you can create new ones depending on your needs, for example:
If you see that your application needs a larger machine or more machines, just update the pool definition. The next time the application will access the pool, the new machines will be launched according to the updated specification.
With the v8 engine, pools can be scaled up or down by starting or stopping machines of a pool in matter of minutes.
Your pools are integrated with the Gurobi client libraries so that machines will be launched automatically when you start an optimization session in your application. If the machines are already launched, they will be immediately used for optimization. You can select the pool you want to use by downloading the license file associated with each pool. No need to know more about cloud computing, Instant Cloud will do it for you.
$ gurobi_cl afiro.mps Waiting for cloud server to start.......... Capacity available on '999999-default' cloud pool - connecting... Established HTTPS encrypted connection Gurobi Optimizer version 8.0.0 Copyright (c) 2018, Gurobi Optimization, LLC [...] Solved in 3 iterations and 0.74 seconds Optimal objective -4.647531429e+02
The cloud license file will work seamlessly with all languages or environments supported by Gurobi: C++, Python, MATLAB, Java, .Net, C or R. You can also specify directly in your program the access id and the secret key found in the license file using the Gurobi environment constructor (see the Gurobi reference manual).
With the v8 engine, you can now access the list of queued, running or recently ended jobs. The optimization expert can then open the job dashboard to display various views about the selected job:
In additon, jobs can be automatically archived for later access to the metadata and the engine log.
As we have shown, the machines will be started when needed by Instant Cloud using the pools. In addition, you can list the active machines or access the history of recent machines to monitor your environment.
Using the Instant Cloud REST API, you can build custom frameworks to manage machines and pools. You can create pools, start and stop machines or pools without dealing with the details of the cloud infrastructure. The API is secured by encrypted communications (HTTPS) and API keys that you can retrieve from the Instant Cloud Manager.