EC2 and Sketchup?
April 14, 2012 12:23 PM Subscribe
Which Amazon AMI is best for running a huge Google Sketchup model?
posted by sharingideas to Technology (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I need to view a complex 3D Sketchup model, and my little laptop can't handle it. So, I went to Amazon EC2 and launched a 2008 R2 server instance, figuring I'll just download Sketchup, download my file from Dropbox, and it'll be easy. I'll just RDP into the box, view the file, spin it around to where I want to take a cool screenshot, and I'll be outta there in no time.
So, I buy the biggest damn box you can buy (8 cores, 32GB of RAM), and Sketchup still totally hangs! I now realize it's not the box. It may be that Sketchup is 32 bit, whereas the instance I launched is 64 bit. But the Quickstart AMI's are only 64 bit. I'm not really tech savvy enough (or interested enough) to hack around with this stuff all day to get it to work. So I figured I'd ask this community (cuz I've been amazed at the stuff that gets answered here!) and maybe, just maybe somebody has used Sketchup on an Amazon EC2 instance over RDP and can tell me the config/AMI they used.