Google has opened its Compute Engine and it has a price list. How much would cost to mine a bitcoin block with Google Compute Engine?

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    I'm not going to crunch the numbers right now, but it wouldn't be worth it. It would most likely take more than a year. May 20, 2013 at 22:59
  • It's CPU only - I doubt it would be profitable.
    – Nick ODell
    May 20, 2013 at 23:06
  • They tell it's good to render videos. I wonder if a GPU farm wouldn't be much more cost efficient for that purpose too.
    – Jader Dias
    May 20, 2013 at 23:12

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Even if it was a GPGPU cluster, you will not make a profit from the prices they are charging. Mining at this point is only profitable with FPGA, ASICs and certain GPUs pending power consumption.

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    That's not what he asked. May 21, 2013 at 9:14
  • @StevenRoose because the question suffered from the xy problem. He likely should have asked "is it profitable to mine with Google Compute Engine?".
    – o0'.
    May 21, 2013 at 16:36
  • @StevenRoose He asked a question that has a vacuous answer. I suspect his concern is what Lohoris pointed out. Is it profitable. I can pass the Turing test and infer meaning :) May 22, 2013 at 1:03

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