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Amazon EC2 August 2020 Update

Released on August 20th, 2020

Amazon EC2 Inf1 Instances Based on AWS Inferentia now Available in US East (Ohio), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo) Regions

AWS has expanded the availability of Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances in US East (Ohio), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo). Inf1 instances are powered by AWS Inferentia chips, which Amazon custom-designed to provide customers with the lowest cost-per-inference in the cloud and lower barriers for everyday developers to use machine learning at scale.  

Inf1 instances deliver up to 30% higher throughput and up to 45% lower cost per inference than comparable GPU-based instances and are ideal for applications such as image recognition, natural language processing, personalization and anomaly detection. Developers can deploy their machine learning models to Inf1 instances using the AWS Neuron SDK, which is integrated with popular machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and MXNet. It consists of a compiler, a run-time, and profiling tools to optimize the inference performance on AWS Inferentia.

With these additional regional launches, Inf1 instances are now available in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo) AWS Regions. Inf1 instances are available in four sizes with up to 16 Inferentia chips providing up to 2,000 Tera Operations per Second (TOPS) throughput and up to 100 Gbps network bandwidth. They are purchasable On-Demand, as Reserved instances, as Spot instances, or as part of Savings Plans. 

The easiest and quickest way to get started with Inf1 instances is via Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed service for building, training, and deploy machine learning models. Developers who prefer to manage their own machine learning application development platforms, can get started by either launching Inf1 instances with AWS Deep Learning AMIs, which include the Neuron SDK, or use Inf1 instances via Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) or Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for containerized ML applications.

Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g and R6g Instances Powered by AWS Graviton2 Processors Are Now Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney) Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney) regions. Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances deliver up to 40% better price/performance over comparable x86-based instances for a broad spectrum of workloads, including application servers, micro-services, high-performance computing, CPU-based machine learning inference, electronic design automation, gaming, open-source databases, and in-memory caches.

These instances are powered by AWS Graviton2 processors that are built utlizing 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and custom silicon designed by AWS. AWS Graviton2 processors deliver a major leap in performance and capabilities over first-generation AWS Graviton processors, with 7x performance, 4x the number of compute cores, 2x larger caches, and 5x faster memory. AWS Graviton2 processors feature always-on 256-bit DRAM encryption and 50% faster per core encryption performance compared to the first-generation AWS Graviton processors.

Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a collection of AWS-designed hardware and software innovations that enable the delivery of efficient, flexible, and secure cloud services with isolated multi-tenancy, private networking, and fast local storage. These instances provide up to 19 Gbps Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth and up to 25 Gbps network bandwidth and are supported by a broad ecosystem of operating systems and services from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) as well as AWS. These include popular Linux distributions (Amazon Linux 2, Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, CentOS, and Debian), FreeBSD/NetBSD, the Amazon Corretto distribution of OpenJDK, container services (Amazon ECR, Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, Docker, and Rancher), agents (Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Systems Manager, Amazon Inspector, Crowdstrike, Datadog, Dynatrace, Honeycomb.io, Qualys, Rapid7, and Tenable), and developer/automation tools (AWS Code Suite, Chef, GitLab, Jenkins, and TravisCI). Since launch, many customers and partners are realizing significant price performance benefits of AWS Graviton2 based instances with minimal effort.

With this regional expansion, Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are now available across US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) regions. Additionally, Amazon has M6gd, C6gd and R6gd instances with local NVMe-based SSD storage available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) regions. All these instances are available in 8 sizes, with 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, and 64 vCPUs in addition to the bare metal option, and are purchasable as part of Savings Plans, On-Demand, as Reserved instances, or as Spot instances.

Watch James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer at AWS, talk about AWS Graviton2, the software ecosystem, and customer stories. To get started with AWS Graviton2-based Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the AWS Graviton page, M6g page, C6g page, R6g page, or the Getting Started Github page.

Now Available, Amazon EC2 C5ad Instances Featuring 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors

Starting today, new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C5ad instances featuring 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz are generally available. Amazon EC2 C5ad instances are variants of the recently launched C5a instances and are equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5ad instances provide high performance processing at 10% lower cost over comparable instances. These instances are ideal for applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files. These instances are also a great fit for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage, such as video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. With the option of NVMe-based SSD instance storage, C5a customers now have additional storage choices for their most compute-intensive workloads.

C5ad instances offer the lowest cost per x86 vCPU for a disk-backed instance in the Amazon EC2 portfolio. C5ad instances are available in eight virtualized sizes with up to 96 vCPUs and provide up to 192 GiB of memory and up to 3.8 TB of NVMe based SSD instance storage on the largest size. C5ad instances are available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney) AWS Regions and will be available in additional regions in the future. The new instances can be purchased as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot Instances or as part of a Savings Plan.

To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the C5 product page or the AMD Instances page.

Amazon EC2 Instances Featuring AMD EPYC Processors are Now Available in Additional Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5a instances have expanded availability to include AWS Europe (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Europe (London), US West (N. California) and Canada (Central) Regions. In addition, 8xlarge and 16xlarge sizes of Amazon EC2 M5ad and R5ad instances are now available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region.

Amazon EC2 C5a instances were launched in June of 2020. C5a instances feature 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz, and are variants of the Amazon EC2 compute optimized (C5) family of instances. M5ad and R5ad instances were launched in March of 2019. These instances are variants of Amazon EC2 general purpose (M5) and memory optimized (R5) instances and feature AMD EPYC™ 7000 series processors with an all core turbo clock speed of up to 2.5 GHz as well as NVMe-based SSD block level instance storage physically connected to the host server.

These EC2 instances featuring AMD processors provide options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads. C5a instances are ideal for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analysis, gaming, and web applications. M5ad instances are ideal for workloads that require a balance of compute and memory resources along with high-speed, low latency local block storage including data logging and media processing. R5ad instances are ideal for memory intensive workloads such as high-performance databases, distributed in-memory caches, in-memory databases, and big data analytics. Both M5ad and R5ad will also be beneficial for applications that need temporary storage of data for scratch space, temporary files, and caches.

With this regional expansion, C5a instances are now available across US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, Stockholm, London), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions. C5a instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64 and 96 vCPUs. These instances can be purchased as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot Instances or as part of a Savings Plan.

With this regional expansion, M5ad, and R5ad instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon, N. California), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul, Mumbai), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, Paris, London), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo) and AWS GovCloud (US-West). M5ad and R5ad instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64, and 96 vCPUs. These instances can be purchased as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot Instances or as part of a Savings Plan.

To get started, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the AMD Instances Page.

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