Not sure if this counts as a software recommendation.
I need a virtual machine to run some raytracing software. It does not need a big hard disk or fast network connection. Just a really fast CPU (multi-core is okay) and maybe 8-16 GiB RAM. It does not need to be running 24/7. I would prefer a "pay as you go" plan, since I may be starting or stopping the VM at odd hours. I do not need a database, web server, etc. or other services running.
What are some good (cheap) solutions?
I tried Azure already. It was really easy to set up. The rate was $110.26 for 65.43 hours for the F16 (16 cores, 32 GiB RAM, ...) service. I feel comfortable with using this, except maybe the price.
Google's service seems cheaper maybe, especially if the VM "preemptible". I.e. Google will shut it down when their higher-paying customers need the load. This may be bad for me though.
Any other suggestions? If you could tell me how to sign up with said service, that would be great, because there are so many of them, and so many add-ons, that I don't really know what I'm doing.