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PAT not allowing to choose server's region

asked 2018-08-29 10:49:24 -0500

Julien Dutel's avatar

updated 2018-08-29 11:22:23 -0500


I've read in the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) Interface Guide that you can choose your server's region when running on the cloud via AWS EC2. However I cannot find this option with openstudio 2.6.0 with a Win 7 environment. The default region is always "us-east-1" (virginia). I would like to change it for "ca-central-1" (canada).

Am I missing something ?

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answered 2018-08-29 13:13:58 -0500

The documentation you linked to is for the older version of PAT, the 2.x PAT documentation is here. It appears that the region in the GUI is locked down. You can setup your own server, I can provide more details on that if you are interested, and then on the Run Tab of PAT you can point it to the existing running server.

Just out of interest, can you provide more detail on why you want to select a specific region?

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First, thanks for the link of the new documentation.

Yes, if you have tips on how setup my own server, I'm really interested.

Why select a specific region ? It's not my will but because of my IT team. I work for a Canadian ministry (at the provincial level) reluctant to use Amazon or any form of cloud. One of their conditions to obtain an AWS account is to use a server located in Canada.

Julien Dutel's avatar Julien Dutel  ( 2018-08-29 14:08:05 -0500 )edit

@Julien Dutel, looking at another post seems like you may have already found the OpenStudio Server repository. You could also add a feature request to PAT to add this functionality.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2018-08-29 17:42:07 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-10-17 15:34:07 -0500

Phylroy Lopez's avatar

updated 2018-10-17 15:50:07 -0500

We keep a copy of our NRCan OpenStudio Server AMI on a Canadian Amazon Server.

Here is a script that we use internally that will launch our version of OS Server on Canadian soil.. It is mostly the same as the standard OS Server that NREL produces. It currently supports server 2.6.0...We will create an image for 2.7.0 in a few weeks since it just came out.

Once this is run and the cluster finished initializing, you can point PAT to the IP address of the server as @David Goldwasser mentioned.

Please ensure that you manage / turn off the instances in the AWS console when you are done to avoid charges.

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