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I never tried any cloud solution, and I hardly know what it means.

Thanks to the CodeProject newsletter, I read this article comparing the performances of different cloud solutions:

http://www.infoworld.com/print/237169 [Broken]

from this reading, I guessed that the cloud might be used for number-crunching just as I usually do with my laptop. After all, that was obvious!

Now this raise this question:

How would cloud-based computing compare to laptop computing?

My own typical number-crunching hobbies are in the field of mathematical modeling and optimization.

I could program in C++, C#, java, R, and I am used to Excel as user interface.

I like to use Mathematica from time to time as well as SystemModeler.

I am almost sure that I could not do everything on the cloud.

But I would be interested to compare the cloud and laptop for different aspect like:

- availability of applications,

- availability of development tools,

- speed of number crunching applications,

- possibilities to share and/or distribute applications to others ,

- ...

Maybe I should first of all give it a try.

Anyway, thanks for your comments and suggestions,

Michel

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# Computing: cloud vs laptop?

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