GPU instances on Amazon EC2

I found in my email box this morning an announcement that Amazon is offering EC2 instances with two Telsa M2050 GPUs attached. The host system is a 2x Xeon X5570 with 22 GB of memory. The normal price is $2.10 per hour per instance, and sadly there is no spot pricing available for this instance type.

More info:

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/hpc-applications/

(search for “Cluster GPU”)

I found in my email box this morning an announcement that Amazon is offering EC2 instances with two Telsa M2050 GPUs attached. The host system is a 2x Xeon X5570 with 22 GB of memory. The normal price is $2.10 per hour per instance, and sadly there is no spot pricing available for this instance type.

More info:

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/hpc-applications/

(search for “Cluster GPU”)

I saw the same announcement today. I am really excited!

The computes I do now have never been cloud-scalable, but just having the resource available is a big deal and may affect designs of projects.
When I talk to clients they’re always so impressed by the speedups I can give them for pretty cheap hardware, but they’re always unhappy by the fact that they have to get the hardware at all. With a cloud solution, it’s like magic to them… it’s not the cost, it’s the annoyance of having specific hardware they need to have and support. Cloud resources solve that hassle.

The biggest roadblock I think I’ll hit is the common vague worry “but we don’t want to have our super-secret data stolen! It can’t leave the building!” This is a serious concern for some customers… not because it’s common or even a threat but just because of the uncertainty they’re unhappy with. There’s no solution to it other than local servers of course.

Amazon’s price will indeed be interesting…

I saw the same announcement today. I am really excited!

The computes I do now have never been cloud-scalable, but just having the resource available is a big deal and may affect designs of projects.
When I talk to clients they’re always so impressed by the speedups I can give them for pretty cheap hardware, but they’re always unhappy by the fact that they have to get the hardware at all. With a cloud solution, it’s like magic to them… it’s not the cost, it’s the annoyance of having specific hardware they need to have and support. Cloud resources solve that hassle.

The biggest roadblock I think I’ll hit is the common vague worry “but we don’t want to have our super-secret data stolen! It can’t leave the building!” This is a serious concern for some customers… not because it’s common or even a threat but just because of the uncertainty they’re unhappy with. There’s no solution to it other than local servers of course.

Amazon’s price will indeed be interesting…

Bring on the next crypto challenge. The guy with the biggest wallet wins.

Bring on the next crypto challenge. The guy with the biggest wallet wins.

At this rate, the iPhone from the Engine Yard contest would have cost ~$150 (6 GPUs for 24 hours). Not bad, really. :)

I don’t have any applications where $2.10/hour is cost effective, but it is nice to know that I can boot up a proper Tesla card to benchmark things without have to pay $2300 for the privilege. This is a great way for people to go find out if the double precision boost on Tesla is actually important for their code.

One thing also to note is that they are specifically limiting an individual user to no more than 8 simultaneous instances unless you contact Amazon support first. I suspect this means they don’t have enough systems to allow you to go crazy and buy yourself a slot on the TOP500 list.

At this rate, the iPhone from the Engine Yard contest would have cost ~$150 (6 GPUs for 24 hours). Not bad, really. :)

I don’t have any applications where $2.10/hour is cost effective, but it is nice to know that I can boot up a proper Tesla card to benchmark things without have to pay $2300 for the privilege. This is a great way for people to go find out if the double precision boost on Tesla is actually important for their code.

One thing also to note is that they are specifically limiting an individual user to no more than 8 simultaneous instances unless you contact Amazon support first. I suspect this means they don’t have enough systems to allow you to go crazy and buy yourself a slot on the TOP500 list.