Amazon High Memory Instances Will Enable More EDA Apps to Move to the Cloud

By | 2009-12-19T00:19:30+00:00 October 27th, 2009|EDA, skmurphy|0 Comments

Sometimes paradigms do shift. Amazon announced today that its Elastic Cloud Computing now supports high memory instances:

High-Memory Instances

Instances of this family offer large memory sizes for high throughput applications, including database and memory caching applications.

  • High-Memory Double Extra Large Instance 34.2 GB of memory, 13 EC2 Compute Units (4 virtual cores with 3.25 EC2 Compute Units each), 850 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform
  • High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large Instance 68.4 GB of memory, 26 EC2 Compute Units (8 virtual cores with 3.25 EC2 Compute Units each), 1690 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform

From Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud overview of instances:

High-Memory On-Demand Instances Linux/UNIX Usage Windows Usage
Double Extra Large $1.20 per hour $1.44 per hour
Quadruple Extra Large $2.40 per hour $2.88 per hour

These 34.2GB and 68.4GB virtual machines should enable a number of new job types that required more memory than was available from standard instances:

  • Small Instance (Default) 1.7 GB of memory
  • Large Instance 7.5 GB of memory
  • Extra Large Instance 15 GB of memory

In particular for Electronic Design Automation applications this makes the cloud much more viable as a fourth generation computing paradigm:

  1. Turnkey / Custom Hardware / Minicomputer
  2. Engineering Workstations
  3. X86 architecture PC
  4. Virtual Machines / Cloud Computing

Sometimes paradigms do shift.

Update Nov-23: The Amazon Web Services Blog announced “The New AWS Simple Monthly Calculator” available at http://aws.amazon.com/calculator

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