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AWS' Graviton2 M6g instances generally available: Watch demand closely


The cloud computing race in 2020 will have a definite multi-cloud spin. Here's a look at how the cloud leaders stack up, the hybrid market, and the SaaS players that run your company as well as their latest strategic moves. Amazon Web Services will soon find out what demand looks like for its home-grown ARM-based Graviton2 instances. The company said its 6th generation Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) General Purpose instance is generally available. These instances, dubbed M6g, run on AWS' Graviton2 processor, an Arm chip designed by the cloud provider and its Annapurna Labs unit.

Amazon announces Graviton3 processors for AI inferencing


At its re:Invent 2021 conference today, Amazon announced Graviton3, the next generation of its custom ARM-based chip for AI inferencing applications. Soon to be available in Amazon Web Services (AWS) C7g instances, the company says that the processors are optimized for workloads including high-performance compute, batch processing, media encoding, scientific modeling, ad serving, and distributed analytics. Alongside Graviton3, Amazon unveiled Trn1, a new instance for training deep learning models in the cloud -- including models for apps like image recognition, natural language processing, fraud detection, and forecasting. It's powered by Trainium, an Amazon-designed chip which the company last year claimed would offer the most teraflops of any machine learning instance in the cloud. As companies face pandemic headwinds including worker shortages and supply chain disruptions, they're increasingly turning to AI for efficiency gains.

AWS makes Arm processors available in the cloud with new Graviton processor


During Monday Night Live, Amazon Web Services (AWS) VP of global infrastructure Peter DeSantis made a slew of announcements ahead of the cloud giant's annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. But the announcement that received the loudest reception from the audience was the AWS Graviton processor. When AWS acquired Annapurna Labs in 2015, the company started to think about building a custom CPU that could scale on the cloud, DeSantis said. The result is EC2 A1, built around Arm cores and touted as a great fit for scale-out workloads where the load can be shared across a group of smaller instances. It's the first time Arm processors have been made available in the cloud.

AWS Launches Graviton3 Processors For Machine Learning Workloads


Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of the third generation of its AWS Graviton chip-powered instances, the AWS Graviton3, will power all-new Amazon Elastic Compute 2 (EC2) C7g instances, which are currently available in preview, three years after the original version of the processors was released. According to AWS, the new Graviton3-powered instances will give up to 25% faster compute performance and 2x more excellent floating-point performance than the current generation of AWS EC2 C6g Graviton2-powered instances be unveiled at the AWS re:Invent 2021 conference in Las Vegas. According to AWS Graviton2 instances, the new Graviton3 instances are up to 2x quicker when performing cryptographic workloads compared to the business. According to AWS, the new Graviton3-powered instances will give up to 3x more excellent performance for machine learning workloads than Graviton2-powered instances, including support for bfloat16. The AWS Graviton chips are Arm-based 7nm processors custom-built for cloud workloads by Annapurna Labs, an Israeli engineering startup AWS bought roughly six years ago.

Prime Day 2021 – Two Chart-Topping Days


In what has now become an annual tradition (check out my 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020 posts for a look back), I am happy to share some of the metrics from this year's Prime Day and to tell you how AWS helped to make it happen. This year I bought all sorts of useful goodies including a Toshiba 43 Inch Smart TV that I plan to use as a MagicMirror, some watering cans, and a Dremel Rotary Tool Kit for my workshop. Powered by AWS As in years past, AWS played a critical role in making Prime Day a success. A multitude of two-pizza teams worked together to make sure that every part of our infrastructure was scaled, tested, and ready to serve our customers. Amazon EC2 – Our internal measure of compute power is an NI, or a normalized instance.