PS: don't worry too much about maximizing epochs
Follow-up to Submission date and instructions for your project work from Rudo's blog
Just to add: do not worry too much about running your code to the maximum of epochs. It is clear to us that most people do not have access to state of the art graphics cards or hundreds of processors. What is more important is to see that you came up with a good idea where machine learning can be used, executed the right commands to get some training and analysis done, and found the right data to train on. In fact, we migth even try to run some of your code for more epochs to see how results can get better!