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Building Machine Learning Systems with Python by Willi Richert, Luis Pedro Coelho

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Using Amazon Web Services (AWS)

When you have a lot of data and a lot of computation, you might start to crave for more computing power. Amazon (aws.amazon.com/) allows you to rent computing power by the hour. Thus, you can access a large amount of computing power without having to precommit by purchasing a large number of machines (including the costs of managing the infrastructure). There are other competitors in this market, but Amazon is the largest player, so we briefly cover it here.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a large set of services. We will focus only on the Elastic Compute Cluster (EC2) service. This service offers you virtual machines and disk space, which can be allocated and deallocated quickly.

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