Gotta rant this post: When I first heard about AWS offering a new GPU instance that streamed a remote desktop to a thin client JS decoder, I was excited. Easy, remote access to high-end GPU power through a desktop front-end seemed great. So naturally, I put together an instance and launched it immediately.
I understand we are talking early stages so it is too critical to criticize this early… but BLEGH. Here are my initial thoughts on why this was prematurely offered.
1.) This is supposedly for “zero (thin) clients”, yet mobile browser support isn’t there yet. We’ll wait until next year for that.
2.) On my laptop with a good connection, the control felt disconnected and inconsistent. At times it was smooth, at times it wasn’t, and that lack of consistency makes for a very distant feeling that no 3d artist or gamer worth their salt will enjoy.
3.) Switching over to wireless to check the performance, the quality degraded greatly to below 50%. Not even usable for me.
4.) It’s too expensive. Running a single instance full-time adds up to over $500.00/month. So maybe you don’t run it full-time, but the cost effectiveness for the hardware provided is not justified at this point.