Avinash solicited for input on the AUP. Its probably a good idea to pull this topic out of Ander's tutorial topic...
This stems from a conversation regaridng the use of the setiCloud as it exists in early August of 2010, with the current constraints of cloud use limited to textual output of the processed data.
Having done non-binding SLAs and AUPs in the past, it would be a good idea if we could get some goals and constraints from the cloud offerers (setiQuest), before formulating an AUP.
In my mind, it would be useful to get some graphical output from the cloud processing, e.g. at a minimum GIFs or PNGs of plots, for visualization, in addition to the current text output.
Here are some other random/useless/inappropriate thoughts:
* Ability to stream a URL (perhaps available with the S3 buckets already?)
* X11 output (I don't know how you do this without a stateful login.)
* Real-time CLI access, vs. current batched processing interface (for 'jailed' access to Octave binaries and ATA data only). How would this differ from a regular Amazon EC2 account?
* MPI running on multiple nodes, using a common shared filesystem (NFS, Lustre)?
I think the current setiCloud access via Cloudant is interesting (now that I know how to use it) and a useful start. I haven't spent too much time using it, but I'm trying to think of ways to get more interesting output...