Hi, appreciate the reply.
Understandable that large instances aren't what most people are looking for. I'm probably not a compelling business case for you as I do this infrequently and the money comes from infrequent grants.
For my use case - Several times now I have written programs to process data, starting small initially. Once everything was working fine, I could scale up by just putting my program on a huge Google Compute instance. After a couple of days the results I needed are complete, I shut it off, and I'm on my way.
I know there are other methods for distributing data processing work, but the architecture of the computer I develop on is essentially the same as the Google Compute instance, so it's just a really easy method of testing small then going big.