AWS beefs up graphics processing with G3 instances

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AWS beefs up graphics processing with G3 instances

Amazon Web Services again pushed forward the limits for processing graphics in the cloud with the introduction on Friday of a new family of GPU-powered instances.

The cloud leader says the new G3s offer more compute and memory resources complimenting its graphics processors than any comparable cloud service – though they are not yet available from its Sydney region.

The G3s are a good fit for companies running three-dimensional rendering and visualisation workloads, or doing anything with virtual reality, video encoding and server-side graphics "that need a massive amount of parallel processing power," blogged Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist.

Amazon introduced GPUs to its public cloud back in 2013 with the launch of the G2 instances – the first to give customers high-performance graphics-processing capabilities.

The G3s take graphics acceleration to the next level. They come in three specific flavors, with varying numbers of GPU and CPU cores, memory and bandwidth.

The three specific G3 types range from 1, 2 or 4 GPU cores running Nvidia's Tesla M60 chip, complimented by four times the number of virtual CPUs. Each GPU supports 8 GiB of memory and 2048 parallel processing cores, according to Barr.

The instances come with licences for the Nvidia GRID graphics virtualisation platform.

"Our customers have told us that they are looking forward to visualizing large 3D seismic models, configuring cars in 3D, and providing students with the ability to run high-end 2D and 3D applications," Barr said.

The G3s are generally available in AWS regions in the US and Ireland "with more regions coming soon". They can be provisioned as on-demand, reserved instances, spot instances or dedicated hosts, according to Barr. 

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