Configuring Required Infrastructure in Your AWS Account
Once we have an AWS Account setup, we need to perform some advance setup of resources on AWS. You will need to follow these steps even if you already had an AWS account as these are FireSim-specific.
Select a region
Head to the EC2 Management
Console. In the top
right corner, ensure that the correct region is selected. You should
select one of:
us-east-1 (N. Virginia),
us-west-2 (Oregon), or
(Ireland), since F1 instances are only available in those regions.
Once you select a region, it's useful to bookmark the link to the EC2 console, so that you're always sent to the console for the correct region.
In order to enable automation, you will need to create a key named
firesim, which we will use to launch all instances (Manager
Instance, Build Farm, Run Farm).
To do so, click "Key Pairs" under "Network & Security" in the
left-sidebar. Follow the prompts, name the key
firesim, and save the
private key locally as
firesim.pem. You can use this key to access
all instances from your local machine. We will copy this file to our
manager instance later, so that the manager can also use it.
Check your EC2 Instance Limits
AWS limits access to particular instance types for new/infrequently used
accounts to protect their infrastructure. You should make sure that your
account has access to
c5.4xlarge instances by looking at the "Limits" page
in the EC2 panel, which you can access
values listed on this page represent the maximum number of any of these
instances that you can run at once, which will limit the size of
simulations (# of nodes) that you can run. If you need to increase your
limits, follow the instructions on the
To follow this guide, you need to be able to run one
Start a t2.nano instance to run the remaining configuration commands
To avoid having to deal with the messy process of installing packages on
your local machine, we will spin up a very cheap
t2.nano instance to
run a series of one-time aws configuration commands to setup our AWS
account for FireSim. At the end of these instructions, we'll terminate
t2.nano instance. If you happen to already have
the AWS CLI installed on your local machine, you can do this locally.
t2.nano by following these instructions:
- Go to the EC2 Management Console and click "Launch Instance"
- On the AMI selection page, select "Amazon Linux AMI...", which should be the top option.
- On the Choose an Instance Type page, select
- Click "Review and Launch" (we don't need to change any other settings)
- On the review page, click "Launch"
- Select the
firesimkey pair we created previously, then click Launch Instances.
- Click on the instance name and note its public IP address.
Run scripts from the t2.nano
SSH into the
t2.nano like so:
ssh -i firesim.pem ec2-user@INSTANCE_PUBLIC_IP
Which should present you with something like:
Last login: Mon Feb 12 21:11:27 2018 from 126.96.36.199 __| __|_ ) _| ( / Amazon Linux AMI ___|\___|___| https://aws.amazon.com/amazon-linux-ami/2017.09-release-notes/ 4 package(s) needed for security, out of 5 available Run "sudo yum update" to apply all updates. [ec2-user@ip-172-30-2-66 ~]$
On this machine, run the following:
aws configure [follow prompts]
for more about aws configure. Within the prompt, you should specify the same region that you chose
above (one of
eu-west-1) and set the default
output format to
json. You will need to generate an AWS access key in the "Security Credentials" menu of your AWS settings (as instructed in https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/aws-sec-cred-types.html#access-keys-and-secret-access-keys ).
Again on the
t2.nano instance, do the following:
sudo yum -y install python-pip sudo pip install boto3 sudo pip install --upgrade awscli wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/firesim/firesim/master/scripts/aws-setup.py python aws-setup.py
This will create a VPC named
firesim and a security group named
firesim in your account.
Terminate the t2.nano
At this point, we are finished with the general account configuration. You should terminate the t2.nano instance you created, since we do not need it anymore (and it shouldn't contain any important data).
Subscribe to the AWS FPGA Developer AMI
Go to the AWS Marketplace page for the FPGA Developer AMI. Click the button to subscribe to the FPGA Dev AMI (it should be free) and follow the prompts to accept the EULA (but do not launch any instances).
Now, hit next to continue on to setting up our Manager Instance.