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Amazon EC2 introduces new GPU cluster instances

Nov 15, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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"If you have a mid-range or high-end video card in your desktop PC, it probably contains a specialized processor called a GPU or Graphics Processing Unit. The instruction set and memory architecture of a GPU are designed to handle the types of operations needed to display complex graphics at high speed. The instruction sets typically include instructions for manipulating points in 2D or 3D space and for performing advanced types of calculations. The architecture of a GPU is also designed to handle long streams (usually known as vectors) of points with great efficiency. This takes the form of a deep pipeline and wide, high-bandwidth access to memory.

"A few years ago advanced developers of numerical and scientific application started to use GPUs to perform general-purpose calculations, termed GPGPU, for General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units. Application development continued to grow as the demands of many additional applications were met with advances in GPU technology, including high performance double precision floating point and ECC memory. However, accessibility to such high-end technology, particularly on HPC cluster infrastructure for tightly coupled applications, has been elusive for many developers. Today we are introducing our latest EC2 instance type (this makes eleven, if you are counting at home) called the Cluster GPU Instance. Now any AWS user can develop and run GPGPU on a cost-effective, pay-as-you-go basis."

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