Amazon Web Services introduced this week a new high-performance cloud computing service, which Amazon says can support complex computational workloads.

The service, called Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, provides similar functionality as other Amazon EC2 instances, but has been engineered to provide high performance compute capabilities and networking.

“Businesses and researchers have long been utilizing Amazon EC2 to run highly parallel workloads ranging from genomics sequence analysis and automotive design to financial modeling,” said Peter de Santis, General Manager of Amazon EC2, in a statement. “At the same time, these customers have told us that many of their largest, most complex workloads required additional network performance.”

Santis said that in one of the company’s pre-production tests, an 880-server sub-cluster achieved 41.82 Tflops, or floating point operations per second, on a LINPACK test. Depending on usage patterns, Amazon said applications can see up to 10 times the network throughput of the largest current EC2 instance types.

The company says it tested the Cluster Computer Instances service with the National Energy Research Computing Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The lab found that its high-performance computing applications ran 8.5 times faster on the new service than on previous EC2 instances.

Pricing for the service, like Amazon’s other cloud services, is on a pay-as-you-go basis. Each instance is priced at $1.60 per hour.





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