Posted On: Nov 5, 2019

Amazon EC2 C5d instances are now available in three new sizes: 12xlarge, 24xlarge, and Bare Metal. These new instances offer high-speed local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server and are powered by custom second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake) with sustained all-core turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz and maximum single core turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz. Cascade Lake processors provide support for the new Intel Vector Neural Network Instructions (AVX-512 VNNI) which will help speed up typical machine learning operations like convolution, and automatically improve inference performance over a wide range of deep learning workloads.

C5d instances are optimized for compute-intensive workloads that need low-latency, high-speed local NVMe storage delivering cost-effective high performance at a low price per compute ratio. These instances are ideal for high-performance computing (HPC), machine learning, deep inference, distributed analytics, batch processing, and much more. With the new larger 24xlarge and metal sizes, C5d instances now offer 33% more vCPU and memory and 2x more local-NVMe storage unlocking more performance for those compute intensive workloads.

Furthermore, the new C5d bare metal option provides your applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. Bare metal instances are ideal for workloads that require access to the hardware feature set (such as Intel® VT-x), for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements, or for customers who wish to use their own hypervisor.

c5d.12xlarge, c5d.24xlarge, and c5d.metal instances are available today in the following AWS regions: US East (Northern Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon, Northern California), Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Sydney, Singapore, Seoul), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, London, Stockholm), South America (Sao Paulo), Canada (Central), and AWS GovCloud (US-West). C5d instances are now available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, 48, 72, and 96 vCPUs and are purchasable as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot, and as Dedicated Instances.

To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 C5 instance page