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AWS Makes New Amazon EC2 Instances Available to Process Large Amounts of Data, Faster


New high frequency z1d instances deliver sustained all core frequency
up to 4.0 GHz, the fastest of any cloud instance

New memory optimized R5 instances deliver improved price-per-gigabyte
for memory intensive applications

Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company
(NASDAQ:AMZN), announced general availability of a new high frequency
instance (z1d) for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), as well as
the next generation of memory optimized instances (R5) and memory
optimized instances with local storage (R5d). z1d instances are designed
for workloads requiring the highest single-threaded performance along
with a large amount of memory – these are workloads such as electronic
design automation (EDA), relational databases, and financial
simulations. R5 and R5d instances deliver improved price-per-gigabyte
for memory intensive applications, such as high performance databases,
in-memory caches and databases, and big data analytics. To get started
with the new Amazon EC2 instances, visit

"Many of our customers' applications depend on fast single-thread
performance and high memory to process and manage large amounts of
data," said Matt Garman, Vice President, Compute Services, AWS. "With
z1d instances, we're delivering sustained all core frequency up to 4.0
GHz, the fastest of any cloud instance, which will decrease the number
of cores required to run applications and speed time to market for
product development. And, with R5 instances, we're providing customers
more memory at a lower cost, along with a local storage option in R5d.
With these new instance options, AWS continues to expand and enhance
what was already the world's broadest and most capable set of compute
services available today in the cloud."

  • Available today, z1d instances feature custom Intel Xeon Scalable
    processors (codenamed Skylake-SP), designed for AWS servers, with a
    sustained all core frequency up to 4.0 GHz, the fastest of any cloud
    instance. The combination of high compute performance and memory makes
    z1d instances ideal for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) of
    integrated circuits by semiconductor firms, relational database
    workloads with high per-core licensing fees, and high performance
    computing simulation workloads, such as financial risk analysis. z1d
    instances deliver up to 25 Gbps networking through the Elastic Network
    Adapter (ENA) and up to 14 Gbps EBS bandwidth through the scalable NVM
    Express (NVMe) interface. They are available in six sizes, with up to
    48 vCPUs and 384 GiB memory. z1d instances offer high-speed,
    low-latency local storage, providing up to 1.8 TB of NVMe-based SSDs.
    z1d instances are available today. z1d instances will also be
    available in a bare metal version in the coming weeks.

Xilinx develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that
enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies – from the
endpoint to the edge to the cloud. "On-demand, high-capacity regression
testing of our FPGA development software is key to consistently
delivering high quality releases," said Ambs Kesavan, software
engineering and DevOp Sr Director at Xilinx. "In our preliminary testing
of Xilinx Vivado Design Suite Software on z1d.12xlarge, we have seen as
much as 32% performance gains when compared to other alternatives. These
performance gains did not require any special application or operating
system tuning."

Cadence software, hardware and IP enable systems and
semiconductor companies to deliver products to market faster. "EDA
workloads require a high-performance IT infrastructure to enable faster
throughput of critical designs," said Carl Siva, vice president of
Information Technology, Cloud at Cadence Design Systems. "The new z1d
instances provide up to 384 GiB memory and feature a custom Intel Xeon
Scalable processor, which increases CPU efficiency by up to 25% when
compared with current implementations. Semiconductor design density and
complexity is leading to increasing infrastructure demands for our
customers; the z1d instances, paired with the Cadence Cloud portfolio
offerings, will provide an EDA-optimized solution to seamlessly meet the
design needs of our customers."

  • Available today, R5 instances feature the Intel Xeon Platinum 8000
    series (Skylake-SP) processor with a sustained all core Turbo CPU
    clock speed of up to 3.1 GHz, delivering up to 50 percent more vCPUs
    and 60 percent more memory over R4 instances. R5 instances provide
    five percent higher memory per vCPU versus the corresponding R4
    instance size and deliver ten percent lower price per gigabyte versus
    R4. R5 instances are ideally suited for applications such as
    high-performance databases (e.g., relational, NoSQL), distributed web
    scale in-memory caches (e.g., Redis, Memcached), mid-size in-memory
    databases, and real time big data analytics (e.g., Hadoop, Spark
    clusters). R5 instances are available in six sizes, including a new
    size (r5.24xlarge) that enables 96 vCPUs with 768 GiB of memory. R5
    instances support 25 Gbps of network performance between instances and
    enable up to 14 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block
    Store (EBS), while allowing EBS optimized burst of up to 3500 Mbps and
    18,750 IOPS for smaller instance sizes. R5 instances offer local
    storage (R5d), providing up to 3.6TB of NVMe-based SSDs. Bare metal
    versions of R5 and R5d will be available in the coming weeks.

z1d, R5, and R5d instances are all based on the AWS Nitro System, a
collection of AWS-built hardware and software components that enable
high performance, high availability, high security, and bare metal
capabilities to eliminate virtualization overhead. Customers can
purchase z1d, R5, and R5d instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot

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