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Amazon Web Services adds G2 instances with Nvidia Grid GPUs

Will allow internet connected devices, such as smartphones, to tap the power of GPUs
Tue Nov 05 2013, 17:36
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CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER Amazon has added G2 instances equipped with Nvidia Grid GPUs to its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service in order to accelerate graphics workloads on the server side.

According to the online retailer, the new G2 instances are designed for applications that require 3D graphics capabilities. With 1,536 parallel processing cores, a Nvidia Grid GPU backs each G2 instance, making them suitable for video creation services and streaming graphically intense applications.

Amazon explained that each g2.2xlarge instance provides 15GB of memory, 26 EC2 Compute Units, One Nvidia Grid GPU and 60GB of local instance storage. Available now, the new G2 virtual machine instances are supported in select AWS regions including the US and the EU. G2 instances will be added to other AWS regions over the coming months.

Amazon launched its first cluster GPU instances two years ago. Today's update allows customers to futher accelerate high performance computing (HPC) workloads that the first generation was intended to optimise, according to Amazon EC2 VP Matt Garman.

"By enabling the use of Directx and Opengl, G2 instances allow developers to cost-effectively build scalable, fast 3D applications on Amazon EC2 and deliver high-performance 3D graphics using the cloud," he said.

Nvidia claimed that the new instances will greatly benefit software as a service (SaaS) providers, who will be able to build cloud based service offerings with better graphics performance for design, media creation, and games.

The addition of the instances will allow internet connected devices such as PCs, Macs, tablets, smart TVs and smartphones to tap the power of GPUs to meet the needs of scientists, researchers, designers, engineers and gamers, the firm said. µ


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