Paperspace is a cloud computing platform, similar to AWS or Azure. Paperspace's main advantage is that it supports a variety of machine templates designed specifically for gaming; this means that necessary software and drivers often come preinstalled with your machine! In this guide, we discuss:
Inviting people to a workspace
How to create a new Paperspace Machine
Generating a course template
Inviting People to a Workspace
Select the "Members" tab of your workspace.
Then, select the "Invite A User" button at the top right of your workspace.
Finally, enter the email of the user you want to invite.
Creating a Paperspace Machine
Select the "Create A Machine" button on your Paperspace Core Workspace.
Now, select an operating system for your machine. If you don't have a course template available, select the "Parsec" template from the dropdown menu. Otherwise, select the appropriate course template from the "Custom" options.
Next, select a machine type. You'll need to select a machine with a moderately powerful GPU. We recommend using an A4000 machine or newer.
Choose a disk size for the machine. We recommend starting off with 100GB. This can always be upgraded later.
Ensure that the machine is located in the NY2 region.
Next, hit the "Advance Options" toggle. Give the machine a name and assign the machine to the appropriate user in the workspace; note the user must be invited to the workspace before creating the machine.
Ensure that the "Auto Shutdown" feature is enabled and has a "Set Frequency" of one hour.
Disable "Auto-Snapshots." This feature is nice to have but costs extra.
Finally, hit "Create" to finalize the creation process.
Generating a Course Template
In the previous section, you learned how create a machine using the Parsec gaming template. However, in order to ensure that each student has access to the same suite of software, we recommend creating a machine template for the class. This can be done by:
Create a machine using the Parsec template as outlined in the previous section.
Install all software you want to be included with the template. We strongly recommend that you install the following software:
Next, select the machine you want to base the template on.
Then, go to the "Templates" menu.
Now, hit "Create Template."
Once created, the template can be used by all users of the workspace to create a new machine.