Amazon Web Services on Tuesday will launch compute clusters for high-performance computing applications like genomic research.
The offering, dubbed Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, is designed for intensive computational workloads like parallel processes used by the likes of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for research.
Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cluster computing move will either be an interesting showpiece for a limited market or end up democratizing supercomputing. In the meantime, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs was a early tester of AWS’ Cluster Compute Instances. AWS’ HPC service features pay-as-you-go pricing and the ability to scale up or down on demand. These cluster computer instances operate the same as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud.