Why should I pay for Jupyter notebooks? Can’t I just use Google Colab or Azure Notebooks?
If the free offerings out there meet your needs, you should definitely use them! People who choose Saturn do so because they are tired of Jupyter timing out, or need more capacity (disk space, CPU, RAM). With Saturn, since you pay for what you use we can offer more, including machines with up to 64 GB of RAM. You can disable automatic shut off/timeouts if you want as well and customize the Jupiter environment so you don’t need to install packages inside the notebook — it’s all up to you.
How do I customize my Python environment in Jupyter?
You have root access on the machine so you can always install whatever you want. However, since we run inside Docker, your changes disappear the next time you start up. We recommend customizing the Docker image to make your changes persistent. The build can take a while, but is very easy (and you don’t need to know anything about Docker). We have detailed instructions.
What about GPUs?
Our top tier machines have Tesla M60’s. If you need a more advanced card (or multiple GPUs), please let us know and we can make arrangements.
What about R or Julia?
R and Julia support are coming. Under the hood we use repo2docker which makes it easy to support most of the languages that Jupyter support