Posted On: Dec 11, 2020

AWS Graviton2-based database instances are now available in preview for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility and Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility. Graviton2 instances are already generally available for Amazon RDS for MySQL, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, and Amazon RDS for MariaDB.

AWS Graviton2 processors are custom built by Amazon Web Services using 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and deliver several performance optimizations over first-generation AWS Graviton processors. This includes 7x the performance, 4x the number of compute cores, 2x larger private caches per core, 5x faster memory, and 2x faster floating-point performance per core. Additionally, the AWS Graviton2 processors feature always-on fully encrypted DDR4 memory and 50% faster per core encryption performance. These performance improvements make Graviton2 R6g database instances a great choice for database workloads.

You can launch Graviton2 R6g database instances in the Amazon RDS Management Console or using the AWS CLI. Graviton2 is supported by Aurora MySQL version 2.09.1 and higher, and Aurora PostgreSQL version 11.9 and higher. Upgrading a database instance to Graviton2 requires a simple instance type modification, using the same steps as any other instance modification. Your applications will continue to work as normal and you will not have to port application code. For more details, refer to the Aurora documentation.

The R6g database instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) regions.

Click here to launch your first Aurora Graviton2 instance. For complete information on pricing and regional availability, please refer to the Amazon Aurora pricing page. Watch James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer at AWS, talk about AWS Graviton2 and open source databases.