AWS Spot Instances Slash the Cost of Scientific Computing

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Amazon’s Jeff Barr writes that AWS EC2 Spot Instances were tailor-made for the HPC needs of the price-sensitive scientific community.

The scientific community was quick to recognize that their compute-intensive, batch workloads (often known as HPC or Big Data) were a perfect fit for EC2 Spot Instances. These AWS customers have seen cost savings of 50% to 66% when compared to running the same job using On-Demand instances. They are able to make the best possible use of their research funds. Moreover, they can set the Spot price to reflect the priority of the work, bidding higher in order to increase their access to cycles.

AWS has collected a number of scientific success stories, videos, and other resources on their new Scientific Computing Using Spot Instances page. Read the Full Story.