Alex McFarlane

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Set up Microsoft Azure for CUDA Cloud

This is the third part of a multi-part guide on GPU cloud computing for Deep Learning

  1. Set Up Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  2. Theano on Amazon Web Services for Deep Learning
  3. Set up Microsoft Azure for CUDA Cloud

This guide more generally demonstrates how to register for Microsoft Azure and set up a cloud instance.

At the time of writing, Microsoft the Virtual Machine Instances with NVIDIA GPUs are not yet publicly available. However, it is possible to register for preview access HERE

In the meantime I provide brief links and instructions on registering for Microsoft Azure services.


  1. Requirements
  2. Registering for Microsoft Azure
  3. Alternative
  4. References


  • A Linux OS. I have a Macbook
  • A Microsoft Live Account
  • A credit / debit card
  • A phone number you are willing to use

Registering for Microsoft Azure

  • Register for Microsoft Azure here

The process is very similar to Amazon EC2 with personal details (again, you need to use a real phone number) and email verifications. This will then take you to the default set up page.

I will update with more details with GPU Compute is released.


There are alternative offerings to Microsoft Azure.

Out of these the only other viable option is Amazon EC2 which is discussed in a previous blog entry