Getting started with GCP
Whether you are new to the cloud, or you consider yourself an expert, we encourage you to apply for a free Google cloud credits that we provide to our users to support cancer imaging research projects that work with Imaging Data Commons. All reasonable requests will receive a $300 allocation of credits that do not expire, and we will not require you to provide a credit card information to verify your identity. All you have to do is fill out and submit this application form.
You are also encouraged to review the slides in the following presentation that provides an introduction into GCE, and shares some best practices the its usage.
W. Longabaugh. Introduction to Google Cloud Platform. Presented at MICCAI 2021. (slides in Google Slides)
Google Cloud platform provides a range of solutions to better understand and analyze data hosted by IDC. Depending on what you want to do (see the range of options here), you may need to complete one or more of the following steps below.
The steps concerning creating a Google Cloud project and setting up billing are covered in this short video tutorial.
Obtain a Google identity
Do you have a Google identity? If so, you can proceed to the next step.
If not, it only takes a minute to create a Google identity. Note that you do NOT need a Gmail email account - you can use your non-Gmail email address to create one instead.
Set up a Google Cloud Project
Set up billing for your project
We can't stress enough how important it is to be diligent in tracking your usage of GCP resources!
    Be sure to shut down anything you aren't using - free trial credits, IDC-provided credits or your credit card will be charged otherwise for the resources you are not using.
    Be careful with your login information. If someone takes over your account they could run up a huge bill that you will be responsible for paying.
    Unless you are not concerned about billing, remember to SHUT DOWN THE MACHINE when you aren't using it! You are billed continuously while the VM instance is running.
    Even after you stop the VMs, you keep paying for the disk storage attached to those machines! You can delete the VM instances to stop incurring those costs.
You can use Budget Alerts to monitor your adherence to a budget!
Depending on your situation, you can consider the following mechanisms to support your work on the cloud:
    Take advantage of a one-time $300 Google Credit (note that you will need to provide credit card information for verifying you are a real person - you won’t be charged unless you manually upgrade to a paid account)
    If you have already used this one-time offer (or there is some other reason you cannot use it), you can apply for "early adopter" Cloud Credits from IDC.
    You can use a credit card to cover the cloud charges.
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