Will average real HPC capability computing applications (e.g. in electronic design automation, automotive applications, or finite-element based material analysis) show a big performance improvement over vanilla EC2 instances, especially those which really demand low latency and high bandwidh?
Following Amazon’s rather unexpected announcement of its new HPC-geared instance type for EC2 called Cluster Compute Instances (CCI) the questions started emerging about the pricing structure. More specifically, about how this news would either answer or complicate the age-old question of buying or renting a cluster — or whether the cloud is the most efficient measure for reducing costs without sacrificing performance.
Amazon’s newly announced HPC offering in the form of Cluster Compute Instances has made big waves in the HPC and cloud space alike this week but as the surprise wears off, some are asking critical questions about the 10GbE decision and the performance in practice.
Amazon’s cloud platform got a high performance boost this week with the announcement of its Cluster Compute Instances (CCI). CCI specifically targets HPC workloads, incorporating high-end CPU horsepower and a low-latency interconnect fabric into the company’s popular EC2 computing on-demand offering. The new capability welcomes HPC into the most well-recognized public cloud in the world.