Data Science Virtual Machine with GPU for $0.18/Hour using Low Priority VMs

Deploy cheaper low priority (preemptable) instances of Ubuntu Data Science Virtual Machine ‘DSVM’ using the Microsoft Azure portal Deploy to Azure via Github -We have a set of deploy to Azure Scripts available to deploy the low priority VM simply click the link below There are additional scripts here on the DSVM GitHub repo for…


Understanding Containers – the layer between the operating system’s kernel and the application

Guest blog by Christo Lolov, Microsoft Student Partner at Imperial College London About me I am a Third Year, Computing MEng at Imperial College London and a have a number of blogs already published on various areas of technology which interest me see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/?s=Lolov Virtualization splits hardware resources across multiple consumers, be it operating systems,…


ESRI GEO AI Data Science Virtual Machine

I was recently at University meeting  where we  got into the discussion of using Cloud Computing for Digital humanities. Digital Humanities is an area of scholarly activity at the intersection of computing or digital technologies and the disciplines of the humanities. It includes the systematic use of digital resources in the humanities, as well as…


Using Microsoft Azure Data Science Virtual Machines in your teaching and Research Labs

Running Data Science VM on Azure for your data science and deep learning lab resources Create the lab infrastructure as follows Use a shared pool of Ubuntu Data Science VMs (with GPUs if doing deep learning) with each student getting a separate account. Recommendation is  allocate about 5 students per VM for our deep learning…


Bored of MNIST? Let’s build your own OCR deep learning computer vision AI using Microsoft CNTK with EMNIST (Step by step guide)

Guest post by Chih Han Chen , Microsoft Student Partner from Imperial College London. I am currently a second year PhD student at Imperial College London. My research is mainly on expert systems and artificial intelligence for personalized decision based on genetics. I am interested in the application of informatics, big data, machine learning, data…


Microsoft Azure Low-priority Virtual Machines – take advantage of surplus capacity in Azure.

Low-priority VMs make new types of Batch workloads possible by providing a large amount of compute power that is also economical. See example at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/07/24/running-a-simulation-on-20-low-priority-azure-vms-for-a-cost-of-0-02/  Low-priority VMs Take advantage of surplus capacity in Azure. When you specify low-priority VMs in your pools, Azure Batch can automatically use this surplus when available. Low-priority VMs are offered…

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Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine Tutorials

There are so many interesting data science and AI tutorials, which are open-sourced, and ready for the DSVM These tutorials available at https://github.com/Microsoft/ Here some of my favourite tutorials which are perfect for introducing students to Data Science. Jupyter Notebooks Comparative study on deep learning frameworks R Based templates Flight prediction solution Employee attrition prediction…


Azure Virtual Machine auto-shutdown

A few months ago I wrote this post https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/03/31/if-your-not-using-your-infrastructure-turn-if-off-saving-costs-on-azure-2/ and this post where I share the top 8 tips for saving your Azure Account $/£ see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/07/07/tips-and-tricks-to-save-money-when-using-azure/ In this post I just want to focus on the methods available to auto-shutdown VMs within Azure. Using Auto-Shutdown within Portal.Azure.com This is available to all the ARM-based…


Automated Installation of BigDL Using Deploy to Azure & DSVM

BigDL is a distributed deep learning library for Apache Spark*. Using BigDL, you can write deep learning applications as Scala or Python programs and take advantage of the power of scalable Spark clusters To make it easier to deploy BigDL, Microsoft and Intel have partnered to create a “Deploy to Azure” button on top of…