As a broke college student who is currently studying deep learning and AI, my side projects often require lots of GPUs to train neural networks. Unfortunately the cloud GPU instances from AWS and Google Cloud are really expensive (plus my student credits ran out in like 3 days), so the roadblock in a lot of my side projects was my limited access to GPU compute.
Luckily for me, I had a friend who was mining Ethereum on his Nvidia 1080 ti’s. I would Venmo him double what he was making by mining Ethereum, and in return he would let me train my neural networks on his computer at significantly less than what I would have had to pay AWS.
So I thought to myself, “hmm, what if there was an easy way for cryptocurrency miners to rent out their GPUs to AI researchers?”
As it turns out, a lot of the infrastructure to become a mini-cloud provider is pretty much non-existent. So I built Vectordash – it’s a website where can you list your Nvidia GPUs for AI researchers to rent out – sort of like Airbnb but for GPUs. With current earnings, you can make about 3-4x more than you would make by mining the most profitable cryptocurrency.
You simply run a desktop client and list how long you plan on keeping your machine online for, and if someone is interested, they can rent it out and you’ll get paid for the duration they used it for. You can still mine whatever you like since the desktop client will automatically switch between mining & hosting whenever someone requests to use your computer.
I’m still gauging whether or not GPU miners would be interested in something like this, but as someone who often finds themselves having to pay upwards of $20 per day for GPUs on AWS just for a side project, this would help a bunch.
If you have any specific recommendations, just comment below. I’d love to hear what you guys think!
(and if you’re interested in becoming one of the first GPU hosts, please fill out this form – https://goo.gl/forms/ghFqpayk0fuaXqL92)
Once you’ve filled out the form, I’ll be sending an email with installation instructions in the next 1-2 days!