I heard of a computational anti-gerrymandering project with a 6,000,000 cpu-hour budget on a university cluster supercomputer. I worked out that my main run in 2011 was a bit under 20,000 cpu-hours. My project at current prices with AWS spot instances or GCE interruptible instances that works out to $130-$150. That's a bit cheaper than what I paid for my home computer, and I could parallelize and do all the compute in a week instead of stringing it out over six months.
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