Cool new idea for cloud-based scientific computing
Just looked at a very cool company: Monkey Analytics
They provide an AJAX interface to an Octave (MATLAB language) session, running on EC2. You upload your data and your scripts, then you run them in interactive mode via the remote interface. This is an alternative to keeping a dedicated high end box at your desk, or running a session on a shared server. Of course uploading big data is annoying, but that’s a known trade off.
They now offer interactive Octave sessions, an editor for your .m files (not a great editor yet), and an interface to run Python scripts. They intend to add R in the near future.
This is a really creative idea – the interactive session is very nice, much better than running a remote script. Plus the session persists over time, so you can use it from multiple computers (home, work, the web terminal at your boring vacation resort).
Hopefully, they can provide a convenient way for folks to run their big analytics without the hassle of maintaining additional hardware. Good luck Monkey Analytics!