Amazon Announces Cluster GPU Instance for Cloud Computing

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Today Amazon announced Amazon Cluster GPU Instances, a new cloud configuration designed to deliver the power of GPU processing in the cloud. GPUs are increasingly being used to accelerate the performance of many general purpose computing problems to a whole new set of HPC users. For many organizations, GPU processing has been out of reach, and the new GPU Cluster instance provides developers and businesses immediate access to the highly tuned compute performance of GPUs with no upfront investment or long-term commitment.

Amazon Cluster GPU Instances provide 22 GB of memory, 33.5 EC2 Compute Units, and utilize the Amazon EC2 Cluster network, which provides high throughput and low latency for HPC and data intensive applications. Each GPU instance features two NVIDIA Tesla® M2050 GPUs, delivering peak performance of more than one trillion double-precision FLOPS. Many workloads can be greatly accelerated by taking advantage of the parallel processing power of hundreds of cores in the new GPU instances. Industries – including oil and gas exploration, graphics rendering and engineering design – are using GPU processors to improve the performance of their critical applications.

At insideHPC, we think Amazon is one to watch. With three of the Top4 supercomputers running GPUs, the buzz at this show is all about graphic processing units. Now Amazon’s move will bring parallel processing power to the people.

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