AWS unveils Next-Gen Graviton Chips At re:Invent
Amazon Web Services (AWS), has introduced a new instance type to handle compute-intensive workloads. It will run on the next generation Graviton processor.
Adam Selipsky, who replaced Andy Jassy as Amazon.com’s CEO earlier this year, announced the new Graviton3 chips on Tuesday. Like the Graviton2 and Graviton2, the Graviton3 chips are based on Arm micro-architecture, which is aimed at the server market. These general-purpose processors are touted by AWS as delivering high performance and cost savings for cloud workloads on Amazon EC2.
According to AWS, the Graviton2’s price performance is 40% better than x86-based instances. The new Graviton3 promises even greater improvements.
Selipsky stated that Graviton3 chips are a big leap forward. They are 25 percent faster for general compute workloads than Graviton2, but they perform even better in specialized workloads.” They provide two-times faster floating point performance for scientific workloads, two-times faster for cryptographic workloads and three times faster ML workloads.
He also said that Graviton3 chips are more energy-efficient than comparable processors, using 60 percent less energy to achieve the same level of performance.
Tuesday also saw the debut of the C7g instance, an EC2 instance type powered via Graviton3. The C7g preview is now available. It is optimized for heavy workloads such as scientific modeling, batch processing, high-performance computing and batch processing.
In a blog post Tuesday, Jeff Barr, AWS evangelist, briefly described the C7g instance. He said that it’s the first cloud instance to support DDR4 RAM, which will give it “50% more bandwidth than the DDR4 RAM used in the current generation EC2 instances.”
Customers interested in the C7g preview can sign up here