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AWS Releases New Amazon EC2 Instances for HPC Workloads

AWS Releases New Amazon EC2 instances for HPC Workloads

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), has just announced the general availability of its Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Hpc6a instances, a new instance type that is purpose-built for high performance computing (HPC) workloads.

Powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, the Hpc6a instances is expected to make it more cost-efficient for customers to scale their HPC clusters on AWS to run their most compute-intensive workloads including genomics, computational fluid dynamics, weather forecasting, molecular dynamics, computational chemistry, financial risk modeling, computer-aided engineering, and seismic imaging.

“By consistently innovating and creating new purpose-built Amazon EC2 instances for virtually every type of workload, AWS customers have realized huge price performance benefits for some of today’s most business-critical applications. While high performance computing has helped solve some of the most difficult problems in science, engineering, and business, effectively running HPC workloads can be cost-prohibitive for many organizations,” said David Brown, Vice President of Amazon EC2 at AWS.

“Purpose-built for HPC workloads, Hpc6a instances now help customers realize up to 65% better price performance for their HPC clusters at virtually any scale, so they can focus on solving the biggest problems that matter to them most without the cost barriers that exist today.”

According to AWS, Hpc6a instances can be used with AWS ParallelCluster – an open-source cluster management tool, giving customers the flexibility to run different workload types optimized for different instances within the same HPC cluster, as well as being available alongside other instance types. In addition, AWS claims that customers that uses Hpc6a instances can more cost-effectively tackle their biggest and most difficult academic, scientific, and business problems with HPC, and realize the benefits of AWS.

As announced, the Hpc6a instances are available for purchase in US East (Ohio) and AWS GovCloud (US-West), as an On-Demand Instances or Reserved Instances, or with Savings Plans, with availability in additional AWS Regions coming soon.